Renowned for their optical quality, design and functionality, Fujifilm have been a leading force in the world of photographic solutions and broadcast lenses for quite some time. As technology evolves and more and more manufacturers look towards 4K capture, something that camera manufacturers have been doing for the past few years, it's only a natural and logical next step for glass makers to start thinking about designing lenses optimised for 4K acquisition.
And just recently, the proud Japanese-based company introduced a new Fujinon lens for video professionals in the broadcast industry - the Fujinon UA22x8 4K portable zoom lens. Designed as the world's first portable broadcast zoom lens designed for 2/3” chip 4K cameras systems, the Fujinon UA22x8 is a 22x zoom lens that has a zoom range from an 8mm wide-angle to a 176mm telephoto.
The key benefits for camera professionals are not just the portability with dimensions of 110×241.5mm and a weight of only 2.55kg, but also 4K optimised optical elements, a powerful 22x zoom and a 16-bit encoder.
Features and Highlights
Advanced optical performance that enables 4K compatibility under any shooting conditions
The floating focus system, which controls multiple lens groups according to the shooting distance, minimizes performance variations caused by the change of shooting distance to deliver high resolution from close-up to infinity. It is combined with a unique zoom system that minimizes aberrations across the entire zoom range to achieve advanced optical performance compatible with 4K under any shooting conditions.
Fujifilm’s proprietary multi-layer coating processing "High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating (HT-EBC)" is applied to the lens for enhanced transmittance and color reproduction.
Powerful 4K footage with 22x zoom from 8mm in wide angle
This lens covers a very useful range of focal lengths from 8mm in wide angle to 176mm in telephoto. The lightweight, compact and portable design makes it an ideal option for versatile situations including live sport coverage, live concert coverage, indoor / outdoor program production and news reporting, contributing to high realistic sensation in 4K video production.
Best suited focus demand for 4K shooting
With the demand for accurate focusing needed for 4K resolution, Fujinon’s new focus position demand unit, the EPD-31A, has improved from 12 bit to 16bit encoding.
Equipped with16bit encoder
The lens comes with the 16-bit encoder, capable of making a high-resolution output of lens data including zoom and focal position information. It can be linked with various other systems such as a virtual studio system for combining CG images with live action footage.
2/3-inch sensor Bayonet-mount cameras
8mm - 176mm 16mm - 352mm when using the 2× extender
No. 1.8(8mm-124mm) 2.55(176mm)
Minimum object distance (M.O.D.)
Subject dimensions (at the M.O.D) [Horizontal×Vertical]
8mm 905mm × 509mm | 176mm 43mm × 24mm 16mm 472mm × 265mm |352mm 22mm × 12mm (when using the 2× extender)
Angular field of view
8mm 61° 52′× 37° 14′ | 176mm 3° 7′× 1° 45′ 16mm 33° 22′ × 19° 7′ | 352mm 1° 34′ × 0° 53′ (when using the 2× extender)
Dimensions (φ×Total length)
Weight (without the lens hood)
Fujinon also recently announced the UA80x9 2/3” 4K Broadcast Studio lens featuring a massive 80x zoom with a range from 9mm on the wide end to the staggering 720mm on the telephoto. The UA80x9 is optimised for 4K broadcast cameras and its impressive zoom range makes it ideal for the live coverage of sporting events and concerts.
Both lenses are expected to be launched in July this year, while pricing has yet to be finalised. To place your pre-orders and for all your Fujinon needs, give us a call at 0208 977 1222.