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Fujifilm and RaceTech agree five-year deal

29 September 2014
Fujifilm and RaceTech agree five-year deal

Fujifilm’s Optical Devices Division Fujinon has announced a five-year cooperation with UK RaceTech, which specialises in sports productions at race courses throughout the UK. Its entire broadcast lens range will be upgraded to the latest optical technology starting with the first order of long range telephoto lens models HA42x9.7BE, HA23x7.6BE and wide-angle HA14x4.5BE HD ENG broadcast lenses.

RaceTech recently received the first batch of long range telephoto 9.7-820mm (optional optically stabilised) HD ENG Style lens for large venues or sporting events. It features digital servo remote control for full studio control, robotics, jibs, tower cams, teleconferencing and other applications where remote control of zoom, focus and iris via RS-232 serial data or traditional analoue control is required.

“We are developing new camera systems that need specialised lenses and needed to work closely with a lens manufacturer that not only offers HD broadcast optics, but also specialised in 4K Optics,” commented Nic Christodoulou, director of engineering and technical operations at Racetech.

Fujifilm have committed to competitive pricing and fast turnaround. We are very pleased with our latest lens acquisition and it has contributed to noticeable uplift to our coverage, not only in terms of range but also crisp picture quality, plans are in place to buy more lenses as we progress through our SD to HD Upgrade.”

The TVBAwards will be celebrating a company or in-house team responsible for outstanding use of new and innovative image capture technologies in a live or recorded TV programme. There are three awards in the Achievement in Capture category: Beyond HD Achievement, Achievement in Sports Broadcast and Achievement in VFX. These are among the 13 awards to be presented at the ceremony on 23 October. Tickets are available now for the event at the Hilton London Wembley.

Pictured (l to r): Brad Higgins (CEO, RaceTech) and Ian O’Conner (manager, Fujifilm UK)

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