Fujinon lenses have a reputation for quality and durability so when a lens purchased by the National Broadcasting Corporation of Papua New Guinea (NBCPNG) was found to be in a state of disrepair the company sprang into action to restore it.
The Fujinon ZA Broadcast Series Wide Angle Lens was purchased along with a Sony PDW700 Broadcast XDCAM HD Camcorder from Fujinon dealer Videopro for NBCPNG’s news and current affair productions.
Videopro Sales Manager – Broadcast and Production Graham Bennett explained, “The NBCPNG required an industry standard HD camcorder and top quality HD lens which would enable them to provide news and current affairs content for their own production facilities and the Australian television networks. The combination of the Sony PDW700 and Fujinon HD wide angle lens fitted the broadcasters requirement for an acquisition system that could withstand the challenges of shooting in the often dusty, hot and humid remote regions across the entire country.”
The lens selected by the NBCPNG was the Fujinon ZA 12X 4.5BERM, one of the most robust lenses the company has ever produced.
Bennett continued, “The lens operated faultlessly in what was often a hostile and extremely challenging environment for many years. The camera operators shot everything from the dusty streets of Port Moresby to PNG’s tropical mountain highlands and remote jungles and eventually the lens started to bear the brunt of such extreme usage.”
Upon observing the distressed condition of the lens Bennett recommended a complete overhaul and service by Fujifilm in order to maintain the lens’ specification and reliability.
With a commitment from Fujifilm Australia General Manager Optical Devices Marc Van Agten to help offset the service costs associated with a complete rebuild of the lens, Fujifilm Australia’s Senior Fujinon Optical Engineer Terry Kasai painstakingly carried out the restoration at the company’s Brookvale headquarters.
Graham Bennett concluded, “When I saw the restored lens all I could say was ‘wow this lens looks like new!’ Terry had fully stripped it down to its 38 individual components, cleaned, recalibrated and reassembled the lens even repainting all the green decals so they were as sharp as the day it was manufactured. Check out the before and after shots, they have to be seen to be believed.”
Picture credits: Before and after shots of the National Broadcasting Corporation of Papua New Guinea’s Fujinon ZA 12X 4.5BERM lens lovingly restored by Fujifilm Australia.
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