(Wayne, New Jersey--February 19, 2009) An assortment of Fujinon HD lenses are part of a major HD upgrade for Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., which serves Southern California through 200 ministries and worship at eight venues.
San Diego, CA – based broadcast systems integrator TV Magic engineered the installation, which replaced 15-year-old analog equipment with a digital infrastructure and HD-capable production systems.
Saddleback Church chose three Fujinon HA42x13.5BERD Premier Series Stabilized Super Telephoto ENG Style lens, one HA25x16.5BERD Premier Series Super Telephoto ENG Style lens with servo zoom and focus, one ZA17x7.6BERM Select Series Standard ENG Style HD lens and one ZA12x4.5 Select Series Super Wide Angle ENG/EFP with 2X range extender. The lenses are mounted on six Sony HDC-1400 HD portable studio cameras and a PDW-700 XDCAM HD camcorder.
Fujinon lenses had been in place at Saddleback Church prior to the upgrade, which began in October 2008 and was completed over a three-week period. Before lens selection was made, Elaine Koehler, Saddleback Church’s video director, said several manufacturers were considered. “We requested that they submit to a shoot out,” she explained. “During that test, we were able to determine that Fujinon had the lenses that fit our needs.”
The lenses are positioned a significant distance from the stage in the worship facility, and were ultimately chosen for their ability to capture crisp HD images and provide congregants with close-up shots of the pastor.
According to Koehler, the lenses excelled in this requirement. “The location of the cameras can present limits in terms of how close the lenses can shoot,” she said. “We needed a high-quality camera system and lenses to ensure our church members have the best view possible from any vantage point in the facility. Fujinon lenses make that possible for us.”
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 (973) 633-5600 or visit www.fujinon.com