Talamas First in Boston to get Fujinon PL 85-300 Zoom Lens

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Thu, 03/28/2013 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Talamas Sales and Rentals in Boston recently took delivery of the new Fujinon PL 85-300 (ZK3.5x85) making it the first in the region to receive the HDTV PL mount zoom lens. Talamas already owns and rents out the Fujinon PL 19-90 Cabrio (ZK4.7x19) PL Mount zoom lens. “The new PL 85-300 is a perfect complement to our PL 19-90 ” said Dave Talamas president of Talamas. “The design of both Cabrio lenses provides exactly what the market needs. These fast lightweight lenses offer ideal focal ranges and a built-in handgrip zoom control at a sweet spot price point that makes them ideal for many applications.” The Fujinon PL 19-90 Cabrio lens received last year has already been rented to several productions requiring the look of the large sensor shallow depth of field with the ease of use. The Fujinon Cabrio PL mount lenses are a welcome addition to Talamas' digital cinematography lens inventory. “Demand and feedback for the PL 19-90 have been very strong but our customers were asking us for something a little bit longer. We felt that beauty shots nature cinematography sports documentaries and other applications would benefit from this new lens’ longer focal length ” said Anthony Bottaro Talamas’ chief engineer. “With the growing popularity of digital video cameras with Super 35mm image sensors and PL mounts we’re confident that demand will be strong for both of these ‘crossover’ lenses.” Bottaro considers them crossover lenses because they combine the look resolution and other picture attributes associated with large sensor PL mount zoom lenses but with the compact lightweight “run and gun” functionality ENG/EFP shooters expect. Talamas’ PL mount camera inventory currently includes: the Canon EOS C300 PL Sony PMW-F3 Sony PMW-F5 Sony PMW-F55 Red Epic and Arri Alexa cameras. “Having the digital servo handgrip right on the lens for zoom control—in combination with today’s small lightweight digital cameras – makes this lens particularly appealing to ENG shooters who like to be agile and follow the action ” said Daniel Ardizzoni senior video technician in the rental department at Talamas. While those shooting ENG-style are right at home with the servo unit attached to the lens both Cabrio lens models are designed to allow cinematographers to detach the handgrip and shoot instead with industry-standard cine motors and matte boxes as well as Fujinon wired or wireless controllers. The digital servo on Cabrio lenses has 16-bit encoding to ensure that lens data output is extremely accurate. The Fujinon Premier PL 19-90 Cabrio lens offers a 19-90mm focal range at T2.9 and weight of only 2.7kg with servo while the Fujinon PL 85-300 offers a focal length of 85-220mm at T2.9 and 300mm at T4.0. The weight of the PL 85-300 is 3.0kg with servo and 2.5kg without. Both models offer flange focal distance adjustment 200-degree focus rotation a short MOD a macro function for close-ups of objects and the images captured cover a 31.5mm diagonal sensor size. According to Thom Calabro director marketing and product development Fujinon North America Corporation Optical Devices Division “We value our long association with Talamas and we look forward to continuing to support their needs as their equipment rental business grows and expands.”