Fujinon has introduced the XA22x7BES compact, HD studio lens with an eye toward the growth of stations using ENG-type cameras for studio applications as well as those employing smaller field production units. The XA22x7BES is a lightweight box lens that it claims features higher optical quality than standard ENG-type lenses, combined with the zoom and […]
Fujinon has introduced the XA22x7BES compact, HD studio lens with an eye toward the growth of stations using ENG-type cameras for studio applications as well as those employing smaller field production units.
The XA22x7BES is a lightweight box lens that it claims features higher optical quality than standard ENG-type lenses, combined with the zoom and focus performance of a larger studio lens. With a focal length starting at 7mm and ranging up to 154mm, it is designed for shooting in tight locations and smaller studios.
It incorporates a belt drive for zoom and focus, as opposed to gear-driven design. The removable shroud allows for a prompter to be placed closer to the front of the lens. This enables the use of smaller prompter mirrors.
The new XA22X7BES features minimal focus breathing, 14-bit control (16-bit optional) with external port for robotics interface, and the front barrel will accept a 127mm filter.
A lightweight lens support is standard for use with most ENG-style HD cameras, and space is provided between the back of the lens and the front of the camera for access to camera function switches.
“This is a new class of lens,” said Dave Waddell, Marketing Manager, Fujinon. “It combines what is best about large, studio lenses in a smaller package for use with ENG-style cameras. Many broadcasters are looking to replace studio cameras with ENG cameras but the optical quality and precision of zoom and focus functions must be at a very high level to make that switch. That’s exactly where this lens fits in. With its feature set and performance level, I see it becoming a much sought-after solution for TV station and studio production environments.”
The XA22x7BES offers all the advantages of Fujinon’s DIGI POWER digital controls, including Fujinon’s exclusive F.I.N.D. System for evaluation of electro-mechanical lens operational parameters.
The wide angle of 7mm (68 degrees 49 minutes) is the widest in its class, and the XA22X7BES will focus at a close 0.8m.
As with larger, studio lenses, this lens features LED indicators for zoom, iris, and extender on the outside of the lens for fast recognition. Because it is a smaller box lens, it does not require a heavy lens support, but comes with a support that fits on standard ENG-capable tripods, studio pedestals and robotics systems.