IBC 2010: New Polecam-Specific Lens Offers High-Res Images

At IBC 2010 in September, Polecam will introduce the HRO 69 (High Resolution Optics), a high quality 3.5 mm lens designed specifically for use with latest-generation 1/3 inch miniature 3-CCD HD cameras.

Polecam HRO 69 lens attached to Toshiba HD1 split head 3-CCD 1/3 inch HD camera.

“The HRO 69 is without exaggeration one of the most important new products at this year’s IBC,” says Steffan Hewitt, Polecam founder and managing director. “Miniature split head cameras have become standard tools for HD video production in recent years but traditional lens manufacturers have not responded to demand for matching high-quality optics. The Polecam HRO 69 is a C-mount lens designed specifically for 1/3 inch 3-CCD HD cameras. It produces far higher resolution images than any comparable model and represents a tremendous advance both for Polecam operators and other programme-makers wanting to benefit fully from the compactness of modern HD cameras and recorders. The HRO 69 has been in development for some time and we are delighted to be able to offer it for immediate delivery.”

Polecam’s HRO 69 C-mount lens has 3.5 mm focal length, 69-degree horizontal angle of view and F2.2 to F16 aperture range. Features include back focus, a special bump cover to protect the lens front, and a 40.5mm filter thread adapter option. Stainless steel locking screws for aperture and focus adjustment are provided plus spare lens caps. The lens weighs 159 grams, with a length of 50 mm and diameter (without filter adapter) of 37 mm.

“Polecam has invested a significant amount of money and time in developing this new and unique lens,” says Nigel Paine, Camera Systems Sales Manager “This is the first in a range of 3-CCD HD lenses which goes a significant way to filling a requirement that the HD broadcast and film markets have been requesting very stridently. The HRO 69 is compatible with cameras such as the Toshiba IK-HD1, Iconix RH1, Panasonic GP-US932, Ikegami MKC300.”