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Production Hero Tries Fujinon Cabrio Cine-Style Lens

Director of photography Jon Nelson, owner of Production Hero in Orange County, Calif., recently acquired a Fujinon PL 19-90 Cabrio (model ZK4.7×19) Premier PL Mount cinema-style zoom lens, which he paired with a Sony PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K digital cinema camera. “While image quality is without question extremely important, I decided to buy this particular camera and lens because they offer very beneficial operational and logistical advantages,” Nelson explains.

Director of photography Jon Nelson

“Every time you need to change a lens, that’s time away from shooting, lighting or talking to the director. With Cabrio’s 19-90mm focal range, I don’t have to interrupt the shoot for lens changes as often.

“I shoot a lot of interviews where the subject is between 8’ and 15’ away from the camera,” Nelson continues. “Doing critical focusing in 4K in low-light situations can be extremely frustrating with a zoom lens when the focus ring doesn’t rotate much in the critical 8’ to 15’ range. The Cabrio is an exception—the focus ring rotation gives you ample ability to focus the lens for critical 4K focusing, and the barrel markings are extremely accurate. The features on this lens make my life a lot easier.”

The PL 19-90 Cabrio (ZK4.7×19) features a detachable servo drive unit, making it suitable for use as a standard cine PL mount lens or as an ENG-style lens. Nelson prefers to shoot with the handgrip on the lens. Having the handgrip and zoom motor built in—eliminating the need for external zoom motor hardware and cabling—was another key factor contributing to his purchase.