Fujifilm has announced the release of the new Fujinon UA24x7.8BERD, describing it as the world’s smallest and lightest  broadcast lens supporting 4K. It will be on show at this month’s IBC in Amsterdam.

The lens has a total length of approximately 220.5mm and weighs in at approximately 1.98kg is scheduled for release in January 2018. The addition of the lens expands Fujifilm’s 4K broadcast lens line-up to 8 models in total. 

The UA24x7.8 has a 24x high magnification zoom, covering a focal length from the wide angle of 7.8mm to 187mm. 

In addition, by thoroughly reducing chromatic aberrations, which are a common occurrence in telephoto zooms, it is also possible to shoot utilizing "HDR (High Dynamic Range)." It is possible to reproduce rich tones even when shooting scenes with intense contrast, such as stadiums at dusk.

Here’s Fuji’s list of product features 

The world’s smallest and lightest 4K-compatible lens for broadcasting, demonstrating high mobility 

Utilizes Fujifilm’s unique optical, high precision forming and assembling technologies to optimize lens configuration, achieving the world’s smallest and lightest lens in its class with a total length of approx. 220.5mm and total weight of approx. 1.98kg.

Reduces the burden of the "shoulder carrying style" used when filming with a camera on one’s shoulder, this lens shows its power when combined with a "4K camcorder." The lens allows for comfortable shooting during live sport broadcasting or on-location with various productions. 

Featuring a 24x high magnification zoom, achieving high operability

Despite having a compact and lightweight body, the lens features a 24x high magnification zoom, covering a focal length from the wide angle of 7.8mm to 187mm. This allows the lens to capture a wide variety of different scenes, exhibiting high operability. Thanks to its achievement of high magnification zoom and a compact body at the same time, the lens is capable of shooting realistic videos with a focus on the subject, for live sport broadcasting or press coverage which requires high mobility. 

Advanced optical performance with 4K compatibility across the zoom range 

Fujifilm’s proprietary “HT-EBC (High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating)” multi-layer coating is applied for a high level of transmittance and color reproducibility. Also, the latest optical design technology has been used to prevent resolution degradation around the edges and control all types of aberrations. By using this lens, it is possible to shoot utilizing "HDR (High Dynamic Range)," reproducing rich tones even when shooting scenes with intense contrast, such as stadiums at dusk.

Achieving natural bokeh with the adoption of nine aperture blades 

An aperture shape close to that of a circle is achieved by adopting nine aperture blades, allowing for footage expressions making use of a more natural bokeh. 

Equipped with 16-bit encoder*3 

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. 

*3 The sensor for converting position information into digital signals; Zoom and focus position data is divided in 16- bit resolution and output as electric signals. 


Jon Creamer

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