Tag Archives: Fujinon

FUJIFILM Factory Tour (PDF)

Here is a 20-page PDF preview of the cover story in April-June FDTimes Issue 81-82. It’s a report on the new Fujinon MK 18-55 T2.9 zoom, the imminent 50-135 T2.9, and a tour of the factory where they are made, along with X-T2 and GFX still cameras. How does FDT manage to get inside various companies’ highly sensitive chambers of secrets? Like set etiquette, there are several important factory-visit commandments, thou-shalt-nots, and don’t-becauses. Thou shalt not trip over anything or break stuff. Don’t slow down the assembly line. Don’t ask dumb questions. Don’t take pictures of things they tell you not to. Submit all photos for review lest you accidentally photograph a particularly proprietary process or part. read more…

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Trading Places. Part 1. Tom Fletcher.

A lot of industry luminaries have taken new positions lately. Here’s the first in a series on long overdue announcements about who is where and from whence they traded places. Tom Fletcher has been appointed Director of Sales at the Optical Devices Division (Fujinon) of FUJIFILM. He will oversee sales and promotion of cinema lenses and broadcast lenses in North America. He reports to division Vice President Gordon Tubbs. read more…

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FUJINON MK 18-55 & 50-135 T2.9 Zooms

  It often begins this way. There’s a handshake or signature of non disclosure. Secrecy is sworn. A whisper room or secluded space awaits. At BSC Expo two weeks ago, the setting felt like a spy story, private truffle transaction, or rare art viewing. In a hitherto undisclosed secure location (the equipment closet of their exhibition booth), FUJIFILM executives took… read more…

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FUJINON XF 23mm F2 Weather Resistant Lens

  Fujifilm USA announced a new addition to it’s X-Series lens lineup, the FUJINON XF 23mm F2 R WR. This APS-C format compact lens comes in at only 180g and is both weather and dust resistant. This lens pairs well with the recently released Fujinon XF 35mm F2 R WR. Overall, optically, one would expect the same great image quality that Fujifilm shooters have… read more…

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Fujifilm X-A3 Mirrorless Camera

Fujifilm released of the successor to their X-A2 mirrorless compact camera. The Fujifulm X-A3 features the same large 3″ tiltable touch screen LCD for all those selfie-taking needs.  While the marketing aims this new camera at younger photographers, Fujifilm hasn’t cut many corners in terms of specs. The most significant improvement seems to be the brand new 24.2MP APS-C sensor, rumored to… read more…

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Fujinon Lens Day In Hollywood at ASC

Tuesday May 24th was Fujinon Day in Hollywood, at the ASC Clubhouse.  It was an afternoon and evening to learn about lens design, technology, applications and Fujinon’s wide selection of PL mount zoom lenses. Workshops and panel discussions explored the creative, optical and budgetary considerations that are critical to modern optics design. Some of the topics, including objective and subjective differences, were: Flare Color Contrast Sharpness… read more…

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Fujinon 20-120 T3.5 Cabrio XK Zoom

Fujinon will have a new S35 format zoom lens at NAB: the Cabrio XK6x20 20-120 mm T3.5 zoom. It’s positioned for a new market of performance and affordability. In other words, if you can give up 1 mm on the wide end and half a T-stop, have a slightly smaller image circle (16:9 instead of 4:3), but want but want to zoom in tighter, then here’s an alternative. This 5th member of the Cabrio line shares the same features as the rest of the family: detachable, auto-centering servo drive, flange focal distance adjustment, Macro, LDS and i/Technology compatible. read more…

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Fujinon Moves to Cypress, CA

If you’ve been going to Redondo Beach for Fujinon lens service for the past 21 years, it’s time to reprogram your GPS. Fujinon’s Western Service and Sales facility is moving to a big, new Fujifilm location in Cypress, CA beginning Feb 15, 2016. It’s a few minutes off the 405 Freeway —  about 8 miles inland from  Seal Beach and arguably some of… read more…

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Fujinon/Fujifilm 4K Day at Sony DMPC

Thursday, August 13 — Fujifilm is hosting a 4K Day with a preview of the new 4K IS-mini and Fujinon’s latest 4K zoom lenses at the DMPC in Culver City. There will be guest speakers throughout the day and hands-on time. All of the Fujinon lenses will be paired with Sony 4K cameras: including the F55, F65, FS7 and the new HDC-4300 2/3″ 4K Broadcast Studio Camera. read more…

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Fujinon Cabrio 25-300 T3.5

Lens announcements are heating up today. Fujinon announcement for NAB: a new 25-300 mm joins the growing Cabrio series PL zoom lens family. Its range extends beyond the familiar 10:1 ratio — offering a 12:1 zoom in a comfortable size and weight. It is intended to be used as an all-around zoom lens for exteriors, locations, action, aerials, sports, cars,… read more…

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Fujinon Cabrio 14-28 T2.9 Update

Fujinon usually has a surprise under glass at NAB. This year’s revelation was a pre-production Premier PL 14-28 mm T2.9 Cabrio wide angle zoom (model ZK2x14). It will join the 19-90 T2.9 and 85-300 mm T2.9-4.0 Cabrios around the end of 2013. The handgrip / servo drive provides zoom, iris, and focus lens data in LDS and /i metadata formats…. read more…

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New Fujinon Cabrio 14-28mm

Fujinon announces a new Cabrio for NAB. On display at their NAB booth will be the new Premier PL 14-28mm Cabrio wide angle lens (model ZK2x14).  Focal length from 14-28mm at T2.9, with 200-degree focus rotation. This is the 3rd in the growing Cabrio Family. Thom Calabro, director of marketing and product development for the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM,… read more…

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Fujifilm

In our 10/10/12 article Fall 2012 Film and Digital Trends, Masa Yasumoto of Sanwa Cine Equipment said, “In Japan we are still busy with film cameras presently, accounting for a 50/50 split between film and digital productions. Fujifilm made an announcement that they will stop selling negative film (sometime next year), so I think that will accelerate the transition from film cameras… read more…

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New Fujinon Cabrio 19-90 Zoom

The lensmeisters have been busy at Fujinon. They’ve gone from 14.5 to 400 mm in a very short time—producing the Fujinon Premier line of four ultra-fast, ultra-sharp PL-mount zooms  as well as the Alura PL partnership with ARRI. New at NAB will be Fujinon’s new 19-90 mm T2.9 lightweight PL-mount zoom lens. I believe it is has the longest range… read more…

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FUJIFILM X10

A smaller sibling of FUJIFILM’s X100 rangefinder digital camera, the new  FUJIFILM X10 dress large crowds at this past weekend’s PhotoPlus Expo. It has a superb Fujinon Optics 4x  zoom lens (28-112mm) with 11 elements and the similar EBC coating used on Fujinon motion picture lenses. The 2/3” 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor innovates the traditional Bayer array design with a… read more…

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Fujifilm Optical Devices News

Mr. Shuichi Yamataka, Senior Operations Manager of the Fujifilm Optical Devices Division retired on June 30. He worked for Fuji Photo Optical (Fujinon) and Fujifilm for more than 35 years. During that time, he took part in major developments of motion picture and television products—particularly lenses. Mr. Yamataka became an instant friend when I visited the Optical Devices Division in… read more…

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Fujifilm – Fujinon Optics Tour

In March 2011, we visited the factory where Fujinon lenses are crafted. This 14-page report is an expanded update from our April 2011 NAB Edition. We learn about the company’s history, the breadth of product design and what goes into developement. Then we see what all cinematographers ask to see: lenses being ground, lens meisters measuring to incredibly fine tolerances,… read more…

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FDTimes NAB Edition Contents

FDTimes April 2011 double issue 41-42 hits the halls of NAB on opening day: at 9 am on Monday April 11, 2011. Pick up your complimentary copy of Film and Digital Times from the publication bins in the Central Hall Main Lobby and South Hall Upper Lobby, at our booth C9550, and at the booths of our sponsors, including Sony, Fujinon,… read more…

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Fujinon PL Premiers on Sony SRW-9000PL demo

VTP, Sony and Fujinon put together a 15 minute short using the Fujinon 4K Premier PL Zoom lenses on a Sony SRW-9000PL Camera. Thursday, Dec. 9 at AFI Mark Goodson Screening Room. 6:30pm. RSVP to: events@vtpcorp.com  For more information, click here.

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Primes and Zooms Out of Africa

More equipment than 3 guys could possibly carry or clean. This July, Bob Primes, ASC, Dan Kneece, SOC, and Yousef Linjawi flew to Tanzania with more cases than I can keep track of, filled with over $500,000 of equipment. Their package included a Sony PMW350 2/3-inch XDCAM camcorder; Fujinon HA25x16.5BERD Premier Series HD Super Telephoto ENG style lens with 2x… read more…

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