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Fujinon to Unveils New HD Telephoto Lens for Sports at NAB

Wayne, NJ – Fujinon’s new XA88x12.5BES HD Super telephoto lens features 88 times magnification, ranging from a wide focal length of 12.5mm to 1,100mm at telephoto — making it ideal for productions demanding extreme telephoto shots and unsurpassed optical quality. The lens is being introduced at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2008 convention in Las Vegas, held from April 14-17. Fujinon will be located in booth #C4210 at the NAB convention.

Despite its superior power and high-end features, the XA88x12.5BES is a compact, box-style lens measuring 265mm high by 270mm wide and 593mm long. The ability to capture images in challenging low light conditions is assured with an F number of 2.3 at the widest focal length and 5.3 the telephoto end.

“The maximum focal length of the XA88x12.5BES is 1100mm, making it an ideal telephoto zoom lens for capturing live sports action presented in HDTV,” said David Waddell, Marketing Manager, Fujinon. “The lens is extremely reliable, rugged, and versatile for even the most demanding live sports production. It offers unparalleled picture resolution and detail in 16:9 widescreen and many features that assure ease of use and operator convenience.”

As the newest member of Fujinon’s 2/3-inch HDTV Studio/Field product line, the new XA88x12.5BES offers many of the same proven features and capabilities as other lenses in this class.

Like the XA88x8.8BESM super wide HD telephoto lens introduced at last year’s NAB, the XA88x12.5BES offers Fujinon’s DIGI POWER digital controls, featuring F number limit, Quick Zoom, two-shot presets, a 2X extender, and other precision digital functions increasing production flexibility. The lens also employs optical encoders that increase reliability and provide extremely high positioning accuracy in virtual environments. A 32-bit RISC processor unit controls all major lens functions and ensures accurate operation of zoom and focus throughout the zoom range.

The XA88x12.5BES also offers Fujinon’s exclusive GO- Technology that improves image resolution and chromatic aberrations at all focal lengths. Multiple aspherical lens elements are incorporated, with three zoom groups, enabling optimal optical quality over the entire zoom range. It ensures that all optical components in the composition of the lens are fully optimized; resulting in a 20-30 percent improvement in all optical parameters when compared with conventional lenses lacking Fujinon’s advanced GO- Technology.

The new lens has been designed to minimize downtime and damage to the lens when operating under less than ideal conditions. Design features include a sealed, dustproof housing; built-in moisture protection system; anti-fogging system; and EBC coating to reduce ghost and flare problems while increasing light transmission.

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