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Fujifilm launches new 4K-compatible broadcast lenses

“FUJINON UA46x13.5BERD” and “FUJINON UA70x8.7BESM”

-Producing high quality 4K video with cutting-edge optical design technology to meet expanding needs of 4K broadcast production
-Portable type with the world's highest* 46x zoom and world's longest focal length** of 621mm,
and box type covering the focal lengths from 8.7mm to 610mm
-Enhancing greater image quality with an extensive lineup of 11 lenses to meet the diversifying needs of broadcast production

September 13, 2018

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) will launch “FUJINON UA46x13.5BERD” (UA46x13.5) and “FUJINON UA70x8.7BESM” (UA70x8.7) to join the UA Series of 4K broadcast lenses.
The UA46x13.5 is a portable 4K broadcast lens that offers the world's highest zoom magnification* of 46x and world's longest focal length** of 621mm. The UA70x8.7 is a box-type lens that covers most frequently-used focal lengths from 8.7mm on the wide-angle end to 610mm in telephoto. The UA46x13.5 will be released in May 2019, while the UA70x8.7 is scheduled to be released in November 2018.
With the introduction of the two new models, Fujifilm will meet the diversifying needs of broadcast production with an extensive lineup of eleven lenses in total.

  • * World's largest zoom magnification among portable 4K broadcast lenses according to Fujifilm data as of September 13, 2018
  • ** World's longest focal length among portable 4K broadcast lenses according to Fujifilm data as of September 13, 2018
[Photo]FUJINON UA46x13.5BERD / FUJINON UA70x8.7BESM

As the amount of 4K video content is expanding worldwide, the introduction of 4K-compatible broadcasting equipment is also accelerating in sports broadcasts and the amount of 4K video content is expanding worldwide. Also in Japan, needs for 4K video production is increasing as “New 4K/8K Satellite Broadcasting“ starts from December 2018.
Foreseeing the new era of broadcasting, Fujifilm launched the world's first 4K-compatible broadcast lens in 2015. Since then, the company has rapidly expanded the lineup to lead the industry, catering to the needs for 4K video production, while also addressed demand for HD video of even greater image quality, thereby facilitating premium-quality video production.

The launch of the portable UA46x13.5 and box-type UA70x8.7 will further expand the company's lineup of 4K broadcast lenses.

<Main features of the UA46x13.5 and UA70x8.7>
(1) UA46x13.5

  • The UA46x13.5 offers the world's highest* 46x zoom among portable 4K broadcast lenses, covering the focal lengths from 13.5mm on the wide angle end to 621mm in telephoto, the world's longest focal length**. Take advantage of the impressive focal length range available on the telephoto end to produce powerful video, capturing even the facial expression of a distant athlete in high definition in live sports broadcast.
  • The use of cutting-edge optical design technology reduces various chromatic aberrations, reproduces vivid colors and achieves high contrast to produce clear 4K video with rich tonal gradation in high dynamic range (HDR).
  • The lens is equipped with Fujifilm's proprietary image-stabilization mechanism and drive unit to enable stable video recording and comfortable operability with minimal camera shake.

(2) UA70x8.7

  • The UA70x8.7 offers 70x zoom, covering the focal lengths from 8.7mm in wide angle and 610mm in telephoto.
  • The floating focus system, which controls multiple lens groups according to the shooting distance, achieves high-resolution footage across the entire zoom range. It produces dynamic 4K video in various scenes, such as concert coverage or live broadcast, zooming from a wide view of the venue straight into an artist on stage.
    The UA46x13.5 and UA70x8.7 also produces video of higher image quality even when mounted on an HD broadcast camera.

In the IBC2018 international broadcast equipment exhibition, to be held from September 14 to 18 in Amsterdam, the Netherland, Fujifilm will premiere the US70x8.7 and appeal its extensive lineup of 4K broadcast lenses.

FUJINON lenses by Fujifilm are known for advanced descriptive performance, and used in the production of movies, TV commercials, and live sports coverage across the world. Fujifilm will continue to tap into its optical, high precision forming and assembling technologies to further expand its lineup of 4K lenses in response to diversifying needs of broadcast production.

1. Product names, release dates and price

Product name Release date Price
FUJINON UA46x13.5BERD broadcast zoom lens May 2019 Open
FUJINON UA70x8.7BESM broadcast zoom lens November 2018 Open

2. Product features

FUJINON UA46x13.5BERD

(1) World's highest* 46x zoom and longest focal length** of 621mm as a portable 4K broadcast lens

  • The UA46x13.5 uses the multi-group zoom system, which moves multiple lens groups to zoom, and large-diameter aspherical lens elements applied with precision processing, to achieve the world's highest* 46x magnification as a portable 4K broadcast lens. Focus blur during zooming, which high-magnification zoom lenses are susceptible to, has been minimized to deliver clear footage across the entire zoom range.
  • The UA46x13.5 covers the focal lengths ranging from 13.5mm in wide angle to the world's longest 621mm in telephoto**. The use of ED and fluorite lens elements*** has effectively mitigated axial chromatic aberration*** and transverse chromatic aberration*4, typically seen when shooting at telephoto-end focal lengths. This produces dynamic video footage, capturing even the facial expression of a distant athlete in high definition in live sports broadcast.
  • *** Lens element made of fluorite, which has a characteristically small chromatic dispersion in refractive indices. It enables optical design with minimal chromatic aberration.
  • *4 Aberration caused because there are different refractive indices for different wavelengths of light. Axial chromatic aberration refers to the blurring of an image caused by a lens's failure to focus all colors, and transverse chromatic aberration refers to color bleeding at frame edges.

(2) Cutting-edge optical design technology for rich tonal gradation

  • Fujifilm's proprietary “HT-EBC (High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating)” multi-layer coating technology enhances light transmittance for vivid color reproduction and high contrast. This enables HDR video production, capturing rich tonal gradation even at sunset and in bright sunlight, where contrastis large.
  • The lens produces video of higher image quality even when mounted on an HD broadcast camera.

(3) Use of the proprietary anti-vibration mechanism to support 4K video production

  • The lens features a high-performance gyro sensor to accurately detect even the smallest of vibrations.
  • The lens uses an anti-vibration mechanism based on the proprietary “ceramic ball roller system.” Ceramic balls, formed with precision processing, are deployed at the drive unit to minimize friction resistance during anti-vibration operation, accurately correcting image blurs caused by wind or shaking of your footing without any time lag.
  • The lens mitigates stuttering*5, which often occurs while panning your camera horizontally, in order to maintain framing as intended by the videographer.
  • *5 Phenomenon in which video equipment detects panning operation as vibration and activates image stabilization, bringing the framing backward slightly after shooting

(4) Use of a high-performance drive unit for comfortable operability

  • The lens uses a high-performance drive unit to boost the zooming, focusing and iris-driving speed for comfortable operation. Smooth zooming enables accurate tracking of a fast-moving subject.
  • The 16-bit encoder*6, which comes stock standard, can handle high resolution output of lens data including zoom and focus positions. It enables connection with various systems such as a virtual studio for combining computer graphics with live video footage.
  • *6 A sensor that converts location data into digital signals. It divides data in 16-bit resolution and feeds zoom / focus position data in electrical signals.

(5) Natural bokeh achieved with nine-blade diaphragm

  • The use of 9-blade diaphragm achieves an aperture shape closer to a perfect circle. Incorporate beautiful soft lights and natural bokeh into your video expressions.

FUJINON UA70x8.7BESM

(1) 70x zoom lens covering the most frequently-used focal lengths from 8.7mm in wide angle to 610mm in telephoto

  • The UA70x8.7 offers 70x zoom, covering the most frequently-used focal lengths from 8.7mm in wide angle to 610mm in telephoto. In concert coverage or live broadcast, you can zoom from a wide view of the venue straight into an artist on stage.

(2) Cutting-edge optical design to produce dynamic 4K footage in a diverse range of scenes

  • The floating focus system, which controls multiple lens groups according to the shooting distance, minimizes fluctuations in optical performance, caused by shooting distance changes. This allows the lens to deliver sharp footage across all shooting distances from close-up to infinity.
  • Fujifilm's proprietary “HT-EBC” multi-layer coating technology enhances light transmittance to reproduce clear and vivid colors with minimal noise.
  • The lens uses an anti-vibration mechanism, which accurately corrects even camera shakes caused by movements of your footing to deliver stable video footage.
  • The lens produces video of higher image quality even when mounted on an HD broadcast camera.

(3) Natural bokeh achieved with nine-blade diaphragm

  • The use of 9-blade diaphragm achieves an aperture shape closer to a perfect circle. Incorporate beautiful soft lights and natural bokeh into your video expressions.

(4) Stock-standard 16-bit encoder

  • The 16-bit encoder, which comes stock standard, can handle high resolution output of lens data including zoom and focus positions. It enables connection with various systems such as a virtual studio for combining computer graphics with live video footage.

3. Main specifications

Model Name FUJINON UA46x13.5BERD FUJINON UA70x8.7BESM
Supported Camera 2/3-inch sensor Bayonet-mount cameras
Zoom Ratio 46x 70x
Focal Length (1x) 13.5mm-621mm 8.7-610mm
(2x) 27-1,242mm 17.4mm-1,220mm
Extender 2x 2x
Maximum Relative Aperture 1:2.8 (13.5mm-316mm)
1:5.5 (621mm)
1:1.7 (8.7-340mm)
1:3.05 (610mm)
Minimum Object Distance(M.O.D)
from Front Lens
2.8m 3.05m
Object Dimensions at M.O.D
16:9 Aspect Ratio
[Horizontal x Vertical]
(1x) 13.5mm 1,886mm x 1,060mm
621mm 42mm x 24mm
8.7mm 2,935mm x 1,651mm
610mm 44mm x 25mm
(2x) 27mm 936mm x 526mm
1,242mm 21mm x 12mm
17.4mm 1,537mm x 865mm
1,220mm 23mm x 13mm
Angular Field of View at M.O.D
16:9 Aspect Ratio
[Horizontal x Vertical]
(1x) 13.5mm 39.1°x 22.6°
621mm 0.9°x 0.5°
8.7mm 57.7°x 34.4°
610mm 0.9°x 0.5°
(2x) 27mm 20.1°x 11.4°
1,242mm 0.4°x 0.2°
17.4mm 30.8°x17.6°
1,220mm 0.5°x0.3°
Filter Thread M127 x 0.75 -
Approx.Size φ146.5 x 364.2mm
(φx Length)
258 x 264 x 610mm
(H x W x L)
Approx.Mass 5.8kg (without Lens Hood) 23.8kg

4. Lens lineup for 4K broadcasting

[Photo]Lens lineup for 4K broadcasting

Product Images

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