Fujifilm Unveils News Cabrio PL Lens

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Thu, 12/13/2012 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Fujifilm has introduced the PL 85-300 Cabrio lens a PL Mount zoom lens in the Premier PL digital cinematography family that builds on the popularity and success of its predecessor the PL19-90mm Cabrio (Model ZK4.7x19).  While the PL 85-300 is similar in size and weight as the PL 19-90 its longer lens makes it ideal for shooting documentaries nature and wildlife and car commercials among other demanding production scenarios.  The PL 85-300 offers a focal length of 85-220mm at T2.9 and 300mm at T4.0 with 200-degree focus rotation. Designed using the latest optical simulation technology the PL 85-300 Cabrio not only offers exceptional optical performance in the center of the image but in the corners of the frame as well.  Like the highly acclaimed PL 19-90 Cabrio the PL 85-300 is equipped with the same indispensable features including flange focal distance adjustment a MOD of 1.2m   a macro function for objects as close as 97mm (3.8-inches) and covers a 31.5mm diagonal sensor size The digital servo’s 16-bit encoding assures operators that all lens data output—such as the position of the zoom iris and focus—is extremely accurate and the lens supports Lens Data System (LDS) and /i metadata formats. Like the PL 19-90 Cabrio the new PL 85-300 features an exclusive detachable servo drive unit making it suitable for use as a standard PL lens or as an ENG-style lens.  And the PL 85-300 can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers as well as existing Fujinon wired and wireless units.  The other Premier PL Mount Series lenses are available in 14.5-45mm T2.0 18-85mm T2.0 24-180mm T2.6 and 75-400 mm T2.8-T3.8 ranges. “We designed the new PL 85-300 and the entire Premier PL zoom lens family to give professional cinematographers and videographers the utmost in features and versatility.  We believe that a wide array of choices help them match the right lens with the unique demands of their high-end productions ” said Thom Calabro director marketing and product development Fujifilm North America Corporation Optical Devices Division. “Versatility means that videographers accustomed to shooting ENG-style will be right at home with a servo attached to the lens while cinematographers who shoot projects like feature films and commercials can opt to shoot without it ” Calabro explained.  “Cinematographers will also like that this lens accepts industry standard cine motors and matte boxes.”