KQED-DT/TV Buys Fujinon HD Lenses

KQED-DT/TV, a PBS station in San Francisco, recently put several new Fujinon HDTV lenses into use. These include four HA27x6.5ESM studio lenses; one HA22x7.8BERM ENG-style HD lens; one HA16x6.3BERM wide angle ENG lens, and one HA13x4.5BERM super wide-angle ENG/EFP lens.

At KQED, the new Fujinon HD lenses replace SD lenses, which were also manufactured by Fujinon. KQED uses the four HA27x6.5ESM lenses on its Sony HDC-1000 multiformat HDTV studio pedestal cameras. The wider HA16x6.3BERM and HA13x4.5 ENG/EFP HD lenses are used in the studio in handheld applications or in the field on several Sony HDC-1500 multipurpose HD portable cameras. The HA22x7.8BERM is used on a jib or in handheld studio applications on the Sony HDC-1500 cameras.

The station produces several HD programs including "This Week in Northern California," a weekly current affairs and "Check Please," a weekly look at top restaurants in the Bay area.

"Since lens design and manufacturing has been steadily advancing, there are many excellent, competitive products on the market," said Lee Young, director of engineering facilities for KQED. "The deciding factor to purchase our new HD lenses from Fujinon came down to the outstanding customer service that we have received from Fujinon over the years."

The station serves the Northern California market including San Francisco, San Jose, and Monterey. KQED broadcasts KQED-TV analog Channel 9; KQED-HD HDTV Channel 9.1; and DTV sub-channels 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, and 9.5, each carrying different programming.