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KWSU employs Fujinon lenses for new HD facilities

KWSU Media, the production division for public TV stations KWSU-TV and KTNW-TV, is using three XA22X7BES compact HD Studio lenses in its main production studio, on the Washington State University campus in Pullman, WA. KWSU recently upgraded its facility to include three Sony HDC-1400 HD cameras and Fujinon lenses. The HD facility where KWSU produces programs and series for local and national public television distribution opened in January.

The Fujinon XA22X7BES lenses were used to shoot the fifth edition of KWSU’s series “Fly Tying: The Angler’s Art,” which is now being produced in HD and focuses on the art of tying fly patterns for fly fishing. To illustrate such intricate work, the cameras are focused in on a fly that measures no more than 1/2in.

KWSU Media’s senior planning engineer, Don Peters, reported that the HD images captured by the lenses produced stunning results. He said, “the HD clarity allowed the talent to show the individual fibers of the flies and really capture a richness of details that is so important to the avid fly fisherman.”

The XA22x7BES is a lightweight box lens that features higher optical quality than standard ENG-type lenses, combined with the zoom and focus performance of a larger studio lens. With a focal length starting at 7mm and ranging up to 154mm, the lens also features superb F- stop ramping characteristics. The XA22X7BES will focus at a close 0.8m.

Peters said that the addition of such high-quality equipment has enabled KWSU Media to resume production on other types of instructional programming.

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