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08.16.2004
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Motocross reality TV uses Canon lenses

Canon video lenses met some tough video production challenges with director Michael Bryant as he directed “The Fifth Dragon,” a reality TV event that followed one motocross team in their quest to win the 2004 Outdoor National Championship Series.

Bryant and his production team used the Canon J11ax4.5B, two J17ex7.7B’s, and a J22ex7.6B lens to capture the race day action and behind-the-scenes drama of motocross, the grueling sport of outdoor dirt bike racing. “The Fifth Dragon” puts a microscope on the riders, mechanics, managers and owners of the Yamaha of Troy motocross team in their quest, resulting in a reality show fueled by intense competition, sculpted athletes and action-packed racing footage.

The Canon lenses were paired with Sony’s PDW530 XDCAM optical disk camcorders.

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