CTV Begins Network-Wide HD Upgrade With 50 Fujinon Studio And ENG Lenses

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WAYNE, New Jersey, November 20, 2008 – Canadian Television Network (CTV), Canada’s largest private broadcaster, has purchased an extensive complement of Fujinon HD lenses as part of a gradual network-wide upgrade to HD. CTV broadcasts thirty channels of network and specialty feeds across Canada’s five time zones through 23 affiliate stations across Canada. The HD upgrade launched first in CTV’s Toronto location. CTV’s Toronto facility is equipped with an array of 50 Fujinon HD lenses. Included among the lenses are: nine XA22x7ESM compact studio lenses designed for ENG style cameras, three HA22x7.3ERD lenses, two ZA12x4.5ERM Super Wide Angle ENG/EFP with 2X range extender and DigiPower servo, one HA16x6.3ERD multi-use ENG-Style lens and thirty-six ZA17x7.6BERM Select Series Standard ENG-Style HD lenses. The studio lenses are mounted on Sony HDC 1400 HD Studio Cameras, and the ZA17x7.6 BERM ENG-Style lenses are mounted on Sony XD-Cam PDW 700 camcorders. In addition to being used to produce national and local news in the studio and from the field, the lenses are also being used to produce programming for The Sports Network (TSN) and Discovery Channel. According to Tom Bradbury, Director of Production Engineering, CTV is in the process of making an overall company transition to HD and is starting by equipping the Toronto studios with Fujinon HD lenses. CTV produced its first-ever HD coverage of the Canadian federal elections on October 14th. “Our successful election show provided a perfect demonstration of the quality of Fujinon’s imaging technology,� said Bradbury. “Our entire production staff was very happy with the lens’ performance.� The capability of the nine compact studio lenses stood out, according to Bradbury. “Fujinon’s XA22x7BES HD is well suited for shooting in tight locations and small studios. Overall, we’re very excited to produce the high optical quality we need at such a reasonable price point.� The XA22x7BES HD a lightweight box lens offers a focal length starting at 7mm up to 154mm and excellent f-stop ramping characteristics. It is designed for ENG style cameras and features wide angle, high optical quality, fast quiet and precise servo zoom and focus. A lightweight lens support is standard for use with most ENG-style HD cameras, and ample space is provided between the back of the lens and the front of the camera for access to camera function switches. 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




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