WAYNE, N.J. â€“ On ABC Disney, Detroit 1-8-7 is a scripted police drama that captures the essence of reality police shows like Cops or The First 48 with spontaneity and grit. With that visual goal in mind, Director of Photography Lisa Wiegand worked with Fletcher Camera and Lenses, a rental house in Chicago, to assemble just the right Fujinon ENG lens package. HA13X4.5BERM HD ENG wide angle lens with 2x extender, HA20x7.5BERM HD telephoto lens, and HA22x7.3BERM HD ENG/EFP lens were selected for use on Panasonic VariCam 3700 P2 HD camcorders. The HA42x9.7BERD lens is also used for the show on occasion.
Shown left to right are â€˜Detroit 1-8-7â€™ B-Camera Operator Reza Tabrizi and (in foreground) A-Camera Operator Matt Valentine.
Wiegand designed a lightweight camera package, and the Fujinon ENG lenses were ideal because of their wide range and compact size. â€œWe were going for a real documentary-style look,â€? she said. â€œI knew I wanted to use ENG lenses because my camera operators are holding the cameras 90 percent of the time, so they must be light.â€? To see a clip from the show, please click here:
The crew shoots a one-hour episode in approximately eight days. That usually means four days on stage and four days on location in Detroit. On location, the HA13X4.5BERM lens is used for close focus work, such as car interiors. In keeping with the realistic tone of the show, a shot might start from inside a car with the detectives, and then the camera jumps out of the car with them, runs up to a house, runs inside the house, and up the stairs. â€œFor the most part, our longer zooms are our workhorses,â€? said Wiegand. â€œSo the documentary-style lens is more appropriate for our show. It makes a huge difference that all the different focal lengths we need are right on the camera, and we donâ€™t have to change lenses much at all.â€?
â€˜Detroit 1-8-7â€™ DP Lisa Wiegand shown on the set. Wiegand worked with Fletcher Camera and Lenses to assemble the right Fujinon ENG lens package for the show.
Wiegand explains that she chose the Fujinon package because of the more realistic, natural look it provides: â€œItâ€™s more pleasing. I donâ€™t have to filter these lenses, and I donâ€™t have to diffuse them. Thatâ€™s a big deal for me for the kind of shooting weâ€™re doing. I donâ€™t want to be swapping out filters all the time or wearing filters which could create more flare issues than we want.â€? About FUJIFILM Optical Devices U.S.A., Inc. FUJIFILM Optical Devices U.S.A., Inc. is a major manufacturer and distributor of optics and lens assemblies for the broadcast, digital cinema and industrial markets. The companyâ€™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 FUJIFILM broadcast and communications products, call (973) 633-5600 or visit our web site at
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