Talamas first in market with Fujinon’s PL 19-90 Cabrio

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With the addition of the PL 19-90 Cabrio (ZK4.7x19) to their inventory on October 1st 2012, Talamas became the first in New England to carry an entirely new class of lens, a product that speaks to Talamas' ongoing efforts to ensure their customers every opportunity to expand their capabilities in the field as well as streamline their workflow.

Fujinon's exclusive, detachable servo drive unit makes the ZK4.7x19 suitable for use as either a standard PL or ENG-Style lens and an asset in virtually any type of production - from documentary shoots, to reality shows, to news broadcast applications and feature films. Additionally, the ZK4.7x19 features flange focal distance adjustment, is LDS (Lens Data System) and /i metadata compatible, and, with 16-bit encoding on its digital servo, ensures operators that all lens data output is accurate.

"Essentially it's a high-quality PL Zoom that's lightweight, compact and - with a focal range of 19 mm to 90 mm and a zoom handle built right into the lens - ideal for handheld use," says Ted Driscoll, Senior Account Manager for Digital Cinema and Video at Talamas.

Since first acquiring the PL 19-90, Talamas has experienced consistent demand for the product, Driscoll adds, explaining that the lens has been out on a variety of jobs already, and is currently in use on the New York City set of a documentary being filmed by Lone Wolf Documentary Group.

In all, the PL 19-90 weighs just 2.7 kilograms; servo motors included. It also boasts the longest focal range available in a lightweight zoom and covers 31.5 mm sensor size on a digital cinema style camera thereby ensuring the image captured will cover large sensors for optimal, full-frame resolution. The PL 19-90 can also be controlled using cinema, industry standard wireless controllers and existing Fujinon wired and wireless units.

"Fujinon are the first company I know of who've ever put a zoom grip on a PL mount zoom lens," says Talamas Staff Engineer, Anthony Bottaro. "Other companies are working on it, but in this price sector a similar product doesn't exist right now. Your options are either high-end zooms - without servos built in - or lower end options that, in order to use in the professional realm, you have to make many compromises. The servo handgrip changed everything so, right now, the Fujinon PL 19-90 doesn't have any competitors."

Put bluntly, with the PL 19-90 Cabrio (ZK4.7x19), Fujinon has bridged the gap between those options, while still offering class-leading quality and revolutionary flexibility. Similarly, with their early adoption of Fujinon's latest technology, Talamas is bridging the gap themselves - providing access to a cutting edge product well before it becomes industry standard.

Talamas Broadcast Equipment has been serving the broadcast and production industries for over 30 years. Over that time the Newton, MA-based, company has earned a reputation for technical know-how and unparalleled customer service. Founded in 1979 by Dave Talamas, the company has responded to innovations in audio and video technology by bringing state-of-the-art gear to professionals in the Boston area and across the United States. For more information, visit the Talamas Broadcast website, www.talamas.com.

By Kevin Young

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