Fujifilm has added a second lens to FUJINON DuvoTM Series. Here’s how DuvoTM 24-300mm optimizes professional broadcast and cinema workflows
After many years of delivering quality lens options for the broadcast and cinema industries, Fujifilm launched a new lineup – FUJINON DuvoTM Series – with DuvoTM HZK25-1000mmF2.8-F5.0 PL Mount Cinema Box Lens. Now, a second lens has been introduced to expand the range. FUJINON DuvoTM HZK24-300mm Portable PL Mount Zoom Lens combines the best of both production spheres, bringing a cinematic touch to broadcast operability.
To gain greater insight into the lens and understand how it’s been designed to meet the needs of your live production, explore key features and specifications below.
DuvoTM 24-300mm Zoom Coverage
The new lens offers extensive coverage, with 12.5x zoom across 24-300mm as standard. This can be extended by utilizing a built-in expander, which shifts focal length by 1.5x. The result is an even greater 36-450mm range.
Fujinon Lenses National Sales Manager, Stosh Durbacz, explains more: “It gives handheld positions within a show the opportunity to take advantage of that classic Fujinon cinema look, developed over our 80 years of heritage. It brings you closer to the show.”
DuvoTM 24-300mm Size
Ideal for shoulder-mounted operation and compatible with stabilizing support systems, DuvoTM 24-300mm is just 270.5mm long and 2.95kg in weight. Portability and ease of use are assured for teams of all sizes, in varied locations within the live environment. Coupled with the range of coverage, operators can seize opportunities near and far, even from limited physical spaces.
“The combination of portability with the long focal length gives you that all-encompassing result,” adds Stosh.
DuvoTM 24-300mm Sensor Coverage and Quality
While broadcast cameras have traditionally contained smaller sensors, many creatives are now looking to larger formats to deliver a cinematic aesthetic. DuvoTM 24-300mm offers native Super 35mm sensor coverage, but sensors equivalent to full-frame can be covered via the built-in expander. This function expands the lens’s image circle by 1.5x, maintaining the same optical quality and angle of view.
The optical quality in question is a result of large-diameter aspherical elements and Super ED (extra-low dispersion) lenses within DuvoTM 24-300mm. Ghosting, lens flare, and various forms of aberration are effectively controlled.
“It’s bringing Fujinon’s color space, latitude, and shallow depth-of-field to live shows,” Stosh continues.
DuvoTM 24-300mm Accessories and Control
Comfortable usability is a must in the fast-moving live environment. Zoom, aperture, and focus can all be controlled via third-party wireless controllers, enabling remote operation and dedicated focus pulling by an assistant. Alternatively, focus alone can be adjusted using one of many industry-standard accessories thanks to the lens’s 0.8M focus ring gear pitch.
A Remote Back Focus function is another of DuvoTM 24-300mm’s operability benefits. Using the camera’s control panel or associated robotic support system, flange focal distance can be adjusted accurately. This facilitates use of an external monitor, rather than the camera’s viewfinder, when back focusing is required.
For seamless use through post-production DuvoTM 24-300mm is equipped with the ZEISS eXtended Data system, which outputs a metadata log of zoom, aperture, and focus positions, as well as distortion and shading corrections.
FUJINON DuvoTM HZK24-300mm Portable PL Mount Zoom Lens is expected to be available in the U.S. from spring 2024. Learn more here.