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Core Digital and CBS Sports Use Fujinon for Football

Fletcher Chicago Delivers XA101x8.9BESM HD Zoom for Network?s Award-Winning Sports Coverage (January 24, 2005)

When CBS Sports wanted to introduce a special slow-motion shot for its Saturday afternoon coverage of college football, the network turned to rental house Fletcher Chicago who delivered the new Fujinon XA101x8.9BESM HD zoom. The lens was paired with the Thompson Grass Valley LDK 6200 HD Super SloMo camera, used in conjunction with mobile production company, Core Digitals, HD mobile unit.  

?Fujinons 101x has superb lens clarity and delivers an extremely crisp image, said Fletcher Chicago Vice President Dan Grainge. Fletcher Chicago also owns and rents two sets of Fujinon HD Cine-Style prime lenses and a full complement of HD Compact ?C Series zoom lenses and HD ENG zoom lenses. 

Bob Jamieson, a freelance Technical Manager who works almost exclusively for CBS Sports, is in charge of the technical crew for Saturday football game productions. Jamieson had been a cameraman for 17 years. This season the Fujinon 101x was used to cover what CBS Sports calls the ?low end zone shot. The location is on the field, and thanks to the long focal length of the 101x, CBS Sports can capture intense close ups of the players. 

For the past three years Core Digitals High Definition mobile productions units have handled sports coverage for CBS Sports. Tempe, Arizona-based Core Digital has a fleet of eight trucks including the flagship HD pair dubbed Bonnie and Clyde.  From the start, the trucks have relied on Fujinon lenses. 

?Weve had a very solid experience with Fujinon lenses, said Terry McIntyre, Lead Engineer for Core Digital. ?We use them constantly. 

McIntyre said that with Fujinon lenses, theres no vignetting of the image, and the lenses hold light extremely well. He said he especially likes the fact that Fujinon lenses are durable and dont require much maintenance support. 

Core Digitals McIntyre said, ?Once the football season ended last year, the HD trucks were used for college basketball coverage, ending up at The Final Four and then onto the U.S. Open and then back into college football.  

This year, he said, ?Clyde will be rebuilt again. The truck will get some new HD electronics and new HD gear. ?And well definitely add more Fujinon lenses. 

With 101x magnification, the XA101x8.9BESM is the highest zoom ratio TV zoom lens available.  It also features the widest angle of any high magnification sports lens, making it ideal for shooting widescreen 16:9 HD as well as 4:3 standard-definition images. The XA101x8.9BESM includes Fujinons exclusive built-in OS-Tech dual-stage, optical stabilization system for rock-steady, crystal-clear image capture, while the built in moisture removal system will keep the lens operating even under the harshest conditions. 

Multiple moving zoom groups designed into the XA101x8.9BESM lens minimize coma and field curvature while reducing overall size and weight. In addition, Fujinon's exclusive advanced back focus technology enables remote control of macro and focus fade on wide shots. No other lens in this category has this feature. 

About Fujinon
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

About Fletcher Chicago
Fletcher Chicago is a leading provider of production equipment for commercial work, features, independent films, documentaries and broadcast. The company rents and sells top-of-the-line SD and HD video, lighting, camera support and audio equipment.

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