Published on Tuesday, 09 July 2013


Fujifilm Restores Classic Lens for NBC Papua New Guinea

National Broadcasting Corporation of Papua New Guinea owns a classic Fujinon ZA Broadcast Series Wide Angle Lens, which they purchased several years ago with a Sony PDW700 XDCAM HD camcorder from Australian dealer Videopro for news and current affair production.

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Graham Bennett, Videopro’s broadcast and production sales manager, said that the NBC had originally bought the camera and lens as a standard HD camcorder and high quality, hard wearing HD lens they could use to produce news content suitable for both their own broadcast facilities and the Australian television networks. The combination was also able to withstand the challenges of shooting in dusty, hot and humid areas in Papua New Guinea. Their lens is the ZA 12X 4.5BERM, one of the most robust lenses Fujinon produces.

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Over a number of years, the NBC’s camera operators shot footage from the dusty streets of Port Moresby to PNG’s tropical mountain highlands and remote jungles, but eventually the lens started to show signs of wear. Graham recommended a complete overhaul and service at Fujifilm in order to maintain the lens’ specification and reliability. Fujifilm Australia’s Senior Fujinon Optical Engineer Terry Kasai in Sydney carried out the restoration, fully stripping it down to its 38 individual components. It was then cleaned, recalibrated and reassembled before repainting the green decals as they had been at the time of manufacture.


0 #2 Brian Semoso 2013-10-01 07:03
Used the Sony PDW700-XDCAM-HD on a shoot with Edwin Wavu (NBC Png) and was impressed with the features of the camera. Brilliant HD. Looking to purchase one soon. Top Product. Well done.
+1 #1 Edwin Wavu 2013-07-17 00:52
Hi Graham am so proud to see my picture on your Website. Thank you sir your guys are pro with Television equipment...