Yes Productions Selects Fujinon Lenses For 53-Foot HD Production Truck
WAYNE, New Jersey – New Orleans, LA-based YES Productions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of WYES-TV, New Orleans has acquired a complement of Fujinon HD lenses for the company’s latest 53-foot HD production truck, the “HD2.” The truck was upgraded from SD to HD with a new lens package that includes one XA101x8.9ESM super telephoto field lens with image stabilization and four XA88x8.83ESM telephoto lenses. The latest purchase brings the total number of Fujinon HD lenses owned by YES Productions to 21.
The new 53-foot mobile unit will also travel with an additional 3 HA23x7.6ERM high-performance ENG lenses and eight Ikegami HDK-79 HDTV portable cameras. Four Fujinon HA13x4.5ERM Super Wide Angle lenses will travel with YES Productions’ mobile truck, the “HD1,” which covers the Professional Bull Riding Series.
YES Productions rolled out this truck, the company’s second HD unit, in late October of this year. The HD lens selection was clear cut, according to YES Productions vice president and general manager, Jim Moriarty: “YES Productions has enjoyed a long standing relationship with Fujinon, spanning more than two decades. That is a testament to their outstanding quality as well as a high level of service that comes from Fujinon. Production staff and technicians alike who are out there every week say they love the crispness and color imagery Fujinon lenses deliver.”
YES Productions has relied on Fujinon lenses while shooting the Professional Bull Riding Series for Versus Network. Moriarty says the company purchased Fujinon wide angle lenses specifically for the PBR series. “The key when shooting bull riding is to get down in there, close to that bull,” explained Moriarity. “The wide angle field of view the Fujinon lens provides is huge. It captures so brilliantly the moments before that animal is about ready to jump out of the chute you can practically feel the air move when they snort in the gate.”
While getting that close to a one ton animal makes for great pictures, it also has its risks and drawbacks, adds Moriarty. “We’ve lost lenses by getting too close to the action, but Fujinon is always there for us. They provide loaner lenses while they quickly repair the damaged lenses.”
With two mobile HD units, YES covers the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets, Louisiana State University (LSU) college football games and more than 100 other college and high school sports events broadcast annually by Cox Sports, the regional sports cable network serving the Southeast.
Fujinon is a major manufacturer and distributor of optics and lens assemblies for the broadcast, digital cinema, and industrial markets. The company’s line of television zoom lenses are used in virtually every segment of the broadcast industry, including electronic newsgathering, studio and field production, and high definition television. For more information about Fujinon broadcast and communications products, call 1 (973) 633-5600 or visit our web site at www.fujinonbroadcast.com.
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