A new video from the optical devices division of Fujifilm North America Corporation describes the proper way to remove and mount the digital servo drive unit for Fujinon PL lenses. The company also announced a new zoom lens, the PL 14-35mm.
The Fujinon PL lenses feature an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making them suitable for use as a standard Cine Style PL lens or as an ENG-Style lens. The digital servo featured on the PL 19-90, the PL 85-300, and the new PL 14-35mm has 16-bit encoding, so operators are assured of accurate lens data output. Removing a servo drive and mounting it are not difficult, but if done incorrectly, the user will not have access to the full range of the servo’s zoom or focus capabilities. The metadata output can also be compromised, if the servo is not installed properly.
“We’re very excited to bring the PL 14-35 Cabrio to market,” said Thom Calabro, director of marketing and product development who is the featured spokesperson on both videos. “This wide angle addition to the Cabrio family gives cinematographers the ability to shoot with a full range of high-performance lenses from 14mm wide to 300mm tele.”
With its detachable digital servo, the PL 14-35mm Cabrio lens can be used as a self-contained ENG-style lens or Cine Style lens. Without the drive, industry-standard cine motors can be fitted.
The Premier PL 14-35mm zoom is lightweight and comfortable to use with today’s smaller 4K cameras, and has an expanded focal length range to 14-35mm at T2.9, with 200-degree focus rotation. It’s ideal for shooters looking for a lightweight zoom that can be used as a handheld to capture wide angles in tight spaces.
Designed using the latest proprietary optical simulation software, the PL 14-35mm lens offers exceptional optical performance in the center of the image and in the corners of the frame. The digital servo’s 16-bit encoding assures operators that all lens data output—including the position of the zoom, iris, and focus—is extremely accurate. The PL 14-35mm lens supports Lens Data System and /i metadata formats, and can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers as well as existing Fujinon wired and wireless units.