Fujifilm will introduce a variety of new lenses and upgrades at this year’s NAB in April. On display will be Fujinon lenses for broadcasting, sports, digital cinematography and production applications, including an enhanced version of the Emmy-award winning Precision Focus Assist technology.
Two high-performance lenses, the Premier PL 85-300 Cabrio lens (model ZK3.5×85) and the XA99x8.4 UltraWide field production lens, will make their NAB debut this year. While the PL 85-300 is similar in size and weight as the PL 19-90mm Cabrio (Model ZK4.7×19), its longer focal length makes it ideal for shooting documentaries, nature and wildlife and commercials. The PL 85-300 offers a focal length of 85-220mm at T2.9 and 300mm at T4.0, with 200-degree focus rotation.
Designed using the latest optical simulation technology, the PL 85-300 Cabrio offers exceptional optical performance in the center of the image as well as in the corners of the frame. The PL 85-300 offers the same features as the PL 19-90 Cabrio, including flange focal distance adjustment, a MOD of 1.2m, a macro function for objects as close as 97mm (3.8-inches), and covers a 31.5mm diagonal sensor size.
The digital servo’s 16-bit encoding assures operators that all lens metadata – such as the position of the zoom, iris, and focus – is accurately captured. The lens supports Lens Data System (LDS) and /i metadata formats. Like the PL 19-90, the new PL 85-300 Cabrio features a detachable servo drive unit, making it suitable for use as a standard PL lens or as an ENG-style lens.
The new XA99x UltraWide lens is ideal for producing live sports and entertainment events. An XA99xPF will also be on display with an enhanced version of Precision Focus Assist (PF), marking the first time this model has incorporated PF technology. Precision Focus Assist automatically adjusts focus, ensuring fast and accurate focus of HD images under varying conditions. The XA99x UltraWide offers a zoom range of 99x, a focal length of 8.4 to 832mm, and MOD of 2.9m. The XA99x is f1.7 to 341mm and f4.2 at 832mm. Like other lenses in this product line, the XA99x8.4 offers Fujinon’s DIGI POWER digital controls.
The XA99x8.4 also features a newly developed image stabilization technology for rock-steady performance, which is critical for long-distance HD shots. High-resolution 16-bit encoders are standard, making it suitable for virtual, robotic and digital signage applications. Fujinon’s GO-TECHnology improves image resolution and reduces chromatic aberrations at all focal lengths.