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Fujinon HA16X6.3ERM And HA20x7.8B-10 HD Lenses Shoot Emmy Award-Winning “Great Scenic Railway Journeys”

(February 21, 2007)
DMN Newswire--2007-2-21--PBS’ “Great Scenic Railway Journeys” will be on track again, this time in North America. The Emmy Award-winning series profiles some of the worlds most historic and scenic tourist railways. Last fall, executive producer Robert Van Camp and his crew traveled throughout North America filming in 15 U.S. states from New Hampshire to Alaska as well as Canada. The lightweight and compact design of Fujinon’s HA16X6.3ERM HD ENG/EFP lens made going from place to place simple and easy.

Van Camp’s unique shooting style demands the utmost quality from his equipment. He has stood on top of railway cars, hanged out of helicopters and placed himself at the front of a train engine to get the shot that makes his programs one of a kind for the viewer. Train rides are never completely smooth, even from the inside, so shooting from the outside of them presents a challenge.

Van Camp, who is also the primary DP on the show and has received four Emmy’s for his camera work on the series says the new lightweight design of the Fujinon lens helps him shoot efficiently with greater shot diversity: “The lightness of the Fujinon lens meant shooting on a moving train was possible because it eliminated the problem of vibration coming back into the shot even with the increased sensitivity that goes along with high definition.” The upcoming series will include pacing shots done from the back of one train shooting at another, something that wasn’t possible with a heavier lens.


The HA16X6.3ERM is the first lens to combine wide angle and high magnification (16X zoom ratio), enabling production crews to carry just one lens for a range of shooting environments. It has a wide angle of 6.3mm and a telephoto focal length of 202mm with the 2X extender. “With the Fujinon lens I had a wider angle to shoot in tight quarters without the fish-eye look and was still being able to go out and get my long zoom shots,” explained Van Camp.

A veteran user of Fujinon lenses, Van Camp considers Fujinon to have a superior understanding of what he needs to make beautiful films: “To me it’s the best all-around lens for anything from an ENG to a high-end production. Simple details like the lens macro adjustment and variable speed zooms show that Fujinon listens to its customers and works with their engineers to build the lens customers are asking for.”

As lens technology develops, for Van Camp there’s no need to look elsewhere for high performance and undiminished picture quality. “If someone else says they can provide something better, for me it’s smarter to wait for Fujinon to perfect it, because they always do.”

Van Camp also utilized Fujinon’s HA20x7.8B-10 Cine Style zoom while filming the “Great Scenic Railway Journeys.” It has a 20X magnification and a 7.8mm focal length at the wide end making it versatile enough to cover most applications from wide angle to telephoto.

At one point while filming in Alaska, Van Camp had to shoot approximately two miles across a canyon to get a shot of the train being profiled at the time. “By flicking the 2x extender I was able to do a nice pullout shot to show how big the scene was and how far away we really were.”


 With the adoption of a newly developed Inner Focus mechanism, low-dispersion and highly refractive lightweight glass, coupled with Fujinon’s advanced optical and mechanical design technology; the company has achieved the optimum configuration of lens elements for the highest optical performance. This allows for uniform, high-quality imaging and minimized chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range.


“Great Scenic Railway Journeys: Steam Trains of North America” is scheduled to begin airing on PBS stations in June of 2007.


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 (973) 633-5600 or visit our web site at

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