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KWSU Media, the production division for KWSU and KTNW public television, recently purchased three Sony HDC1400 HD cameras and Fujinon XA22X7BES compact HD Studio lenses for use in its main production studio on the Washington State University campus in Pullman. The HD facility opened in January.
Fujinon's XA22X7BES lenses were used to shoot the fifth edition of KWSU's series "Fly Tying: The Angler's Art." The series is now being produced in HD and offers instruction in the delicate and detailed 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 half an inch. KWSU Media's Senior Planning Engineer, Don Peters, reported that the HD images captured by the Fujinon glass produced amazing results.
"The first time we worked in high definition, the show's talent noticed the difference immediately," said Peters. "They couldn't believe the detail they were seeing on the screen. We were able 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 and superb F- stop ramping characteristics; it's well suited for shooting in tight locations and smaller studios. The wide angle of 7mm (68 degrees 49 minutes) is the widest in its class, and the XA22X7BES will focus at a close 0.8m.
Peters said that the addition of such high-quality equipment has positioned KWSU Media to resume production on other types of instructional programming: "Having the HD studio with these great lenses is very attractive. Prospective clients have options to produce their shows, but they're looking to us in light of our state-of-the-art facility and new cameras and lenses."