Fujifilm Adds a 66X Box Lens with the World’s Longest Focal Length (1,000mm) and a 12X Portable Lens with the World’s Widest Focal Length (7.6mm) to Its Growing Series of 8K Zooms
Valhalla, N.Y., April 16, 2020 — FUJIFILM North America Corporation is pleased to announce the development of two new 8K broadcast zoom lenses, both capable of producing dynamic 8K ultra-high-definition images. The FUJINON HP66X15.2ESM (HP66X15.2) box lens reaches the world’s longest 8K focal length of 1,000mm while also featuring the world’s highest zoom magnification of 66x*1. The FUJINON HP12X7.6ERD (HP12X7.6) is a portable lens covering a range of 7.6mm to 91mm, the world’s widest 8K angle of view at 93.3 degrees*1. The lenses are due to be released in the summer of 2020 and the fall of 2020, respectively. The details of this announcement were revealed during a virtual press conference on April 16, 2020.
The HP66X15.2 and HP12X7.6 ultra-high-definition (UHD) lenses feature bayonet mounts targeting three 1.25” sensors for ultra-high 8K resolution. This is bolstered by Fujifilm’s unique multi-layer coating (High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating), which boosts the rate of light transmittance, making it possible to deliver vivid color reproduction, as well as high dynamic range (HDR)-based rich tonal gradation. In addition to using aspherical and fluorite elements*2 to effectively control various types of aberration, both lenses have a nine-blade aperture for natural bokeh and are equipped with 16-bit encoders*3. The HP66X15.2 also features the latest high-performance optical image stabilization mechanism to make 8K production at long focal lengths rock steady. Both lenses can be used with the latest generation of focus accessories to achieve the advanced level of focusing precision that 8K demands.
“As broadcast technology early adopters explore the challenges and benefits of 8K production, there are growing needs for high-performance optical equipment compatible with this technology,” said Yuji Igarashi, General Manager, Electronic Imaging Division & Optical Devices Division. “With four times the resolution of 4K video, recording in 8K requires lenses with exceptionally advanced optical performance. Fujifilm has taken the advanced optical technology it has fostered over many years to new heights to develop lenses that not only meet but exceed those demands.”
The 8K series from FUJINON is now comprised of seven lenses designed for two camera formats. The 8K 1.25” Three Sensor Bayonet-Mount Series includes the HP66x15.2ESM box lens, the HP12x7.6ERD portable lens, the HP7.5×8.5SM box lens, and the HP11x22.5SM box lens. The 8K PL Mount Series includes the SK3x12SM portable lens, the SK7.5×19.7SM portable lens, and the SK20x35ESM box lens.
Today, the use of UHD video is spreading globally, especially in live sports coverage and documentary programs, and is expected to proliferate further, with Japan having launched their 4K/8K UHD satellite broadcasts*4 in December 2018 and China accelerating its move to adopt 8K broadcasts on a commercial level. Amidst these trends, there is also the growing need for high-performance video equipment compatible with the 4K and 8K requirements. Recording 8K video, which has four times the resolution of 4K video, requires lenses with exceptionally advanced optical performance.
Fujifilm will continue to leverage its optical technologies to further expand its industry leading lineup of high-performance broadcast lenses, including lenses compatible with 4K and 8K broadcast cameras.
*1 Among 8K-compatible broadcast lenses according to FUJIFILM data as of April 16, 2020.
*2 Lens element made of fluorite, which has a characteristically small chromatic dispersion in light transmittance and refractive indices. It enables optical design with minimal chromatic aberration.
*3 This is a sensor that converts position information into digital signals. Information about zoom, focus and iris positions are output as digital signals, split in 16-bit precision.
*4 New 4K/8K UHD satellite broadcasts” refer to the 4K / 8K broadcasts launched on BS and 110-degree CS satellite channels.
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. The Industrial and Corporate New Business Development Division delivers new products derived from Fujifilm technologies. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica.
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