Scripps Howard Broadcasting Company has purchased an extensive complement of Fujinon HTs18X4.2 BERM lenses with 2X extenders. The more than 100 lenses are being used to outfit Scripps 10 broadcast TV stations, including six ABC-affiliated stations, three NBC affiliates and one independent. The lenses were designed for use with JVC GY-HD250 cameras.
According to Michael Doback, Vice President, Engineering, The Scripps Station Group, the acquisition of such a large number of Fujinon lens began when the company sought out a new HD field format for ENG. “We approached several manufacturers around the time of NAB in 2006 asking them to consider creating a high-quality lens for the JVC camera,” said Doback. “By the fall of ’06 Fujinon provided us with a working prototype. We were so impressed by the speed with which they responded as well as with the quality of the lens, after testing we made the commitment to equip all our ENG cameras and some of the studio cameras with Fujinon glass.”