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Gearing Up for Soccer with End-to-End 4K Supertruck

The UA107x8.4, which is equipped with the floating focus system that controls a plurality of lens groups in accordance with the shooting distance, enables shooting of high-resolution images across the entire zoom range.


The UA107x8.4, which is equipped with the floating focus system that controls a plurality of lens groups in accordance with the shooting distance, enables shooting of high-resolution images across the entire zoom range.

Gearing Up for Soccer with End-to-End 4K Supertruck

Gearing Up for Soccer with End-to-End 4K Supertruck

The first Fujinon 4K lenses used by Gearhouse Broadcast at the recent Sydney FC versus Perth Glory A League match at Allianz Stadium.

Gearhouse Broadcast’s HD8 supertruck has become Australia’s first end-to-end 4K truck following the installation and use of its brand new Fujinon 4K lenses to shoot the recent Sydney FC versus Perth Glory A League soccer match.

The lenses formed part of Gearhouse Broadcast’s multi-million investment in Fujinon glass, becoming the largest purchase of its kind.

Gearhouse Broadcast CEO John Newton said of the purchase decision, announced earlier this year: “[W]e did a comprehensive evaluation of 4K lenses across the globe and it was very clear that Fujinon are leading the world in 4K lens quality and technology. So this multi-million dollar investment in Fujinon 4K lenses is another great example of this philosophy in action.

Gearing Up for Soccer with End-to-End 4K Supertruck

Gearhouse Broadcast CEO John Newton

“Our entire fleet is now futureproofed for 4K production of any kind. In the case of the UA107x8.4BESM, we now have not only the highest quality 4K box lenses but also the largest zoom range of any UHD lens available in today’s market.”

Gearhouse is in the process of installing a significant number of Fujinon UA107x8.4BESM, UA80x9BESM, UA22x8BERD and UA13x4.5BERD 4K lenses and HA23x7.6BERD and HA14x4.5BERD HD lenses which means all of its OB supertrucks and a substantial amount of its entire Australian OB fleet will be Fujinon 4K lens-enabled.

“There were several firsts at the A League match,” Gearhouse business development director Gavin Romanis explained. “The supertruck we used was HD8 which was Australia’s first native 4K truck. As this has now been fully equipped with Fujinon 4K lenses it becomes Australia’s first true end-to-end 4K truck with cameras, lenses and all infrastructure including 4K EVS. Some of the Fujinon lenses we used have the largest zoom range available of any 4K UHD lens in today’s market.”

The “largest zoom range” lens Romanis refers to is the Fujinon UA107x8.4 which covers the wide focal length from 8.4 mm, the widest in its class, to 900 mm in super telephoto. The lens has been designed to meet the needs for 4K shooting in all scenes, such as relay broadcasting of sports and live broadcasting of concerts. The UA107x8.4, which is equipped with the floating focus system that controls a plurality of lens groups in accordance with the shooting distance, enables shooting of high-resolution images across the entire zoom range. It also supports the production of videos with high image quality, is equipped with the company’s proprietary optical image stabilizer and corrects vibrations of images in the screen that result from unstable platforms.Gearing Up for Soccer with End-to-End 4K Supertruck

“We used a variety of Fujinon 4K lenses on 4K cameras in HD mode to provide enhanced resolution,” Romanis concluded. “This means viewers get an even better picture than you would get from using an HD lens and due to the length of the UA107x8.4 are even closer to all the action. Being first in bringing the best 4K lens technology to the market is part of Gearhouse’s ethos. We invest in cutting edge equipment to meet the extremely high standards and requirements of our customers.”

The new Fujinon 4K and HD lenses will form an integral part of Gearhouse’s technology offering at many of the high profile events it provides broadcast services for in the region  including the ATP Australian Open Tennis, V8 Supercars races, Super 15s Rugby and A-League Football among many others.

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