KWSU Media selects Fujinon lenses for HD facility

KWSU Media, the production
division for KWSU and KTNW public television, recently purchased three
XA22X7BES compact HD Studio lenses for use in its main production studio
located on the Washington State University
campus in Pullman, WA. KWSU upgraded its facility to include
three Sony HDC 1400 HD cameras and Fujinon lenses. The HD facility where KWSU
produces programs and series for local and national public television
distribution opened in January of this year.
Fujinon’s XA22X7BES lenses
were used to shoot the fifth edition of KWSU’s series “Fly Tying: The Angler’s
Art.” The series is now being produced in HD and offers instruction in the
delicate and detailed art of tying fly patterns for fly fishing. Professional
fly-tier, fly tying columnist and instructor LeRoy Hyatt and Carolyn Sells
describe how and why certain patterns attract different fish. To illustrate
such intricate work, the cameras are focused in on a fly that measures no more
than half an inch. KWSU Media’s Senior Planning Engineer, Don Peters, reported
that the HD images captured by the Fujinon glass produced amazing results.
“The first time we worked
in high definition, the show’s talent noticed the difference immediately,” said
Peters. “They couldn’t believe the detail they were seeing on the screen. We
were able to show the individual fibers of the flies and really capture a
richness of details that is so important to the avid fly fisherman.”
The XA22x7BES is a
lightweight box lens that features higher optical quality than standard
ENG-type lenses, combined with the zoom and focus performance of a larger
studio lens. With a focal length starting at 7mm and ranging up to 154mm and
superb F- stop ramping characteristics; it’s well suited for shooting in tight
locations and smaller studios. The wide angle of 7mm (68 degrees 49 minutes) is
the widest in its class, and the XA22X7BES will focus at a close 0.8m.
Peters said that the
addition of such high-quality equipment has positioned KWSU Media to resume
production on other types of instructional programming: “Having the HD studio
with these great lenses is very attractive. Prospective clients have options to
produce their shows, but they’re looking to us in light of our state-of-the-art
facility and new cameras and lenses.”