Fujifilm attributes technical Emmy for Cine Zoom lenses to cinematographers

DoP Bill Wages, ASC, giving feedback on FUJINON Cabrios with Radames Gonzalez from Arri Rental in lens projection room

The Optical Devices Division of GTC sponosr FUJIFILM has been awarded an Engineering Emmy® for its FUJINON “4K Cine Zoom Lenses providing imagery in television” by the Television Academy, and will receive the honour at the Academy’s Engineering Awards ceremony at Loews Hollywood Hotel on 25 October. The introduction of FUJINON’s Cabrio and Premier series of cinema zoom lenses brought about the ability to cover Super 35mm imagers and efficiently shoot the full gamut of television production without sacrificing image quality.

On receiving the good news, the company paid tribute to the cinematographers who have both helped with the development of the lenses and chosen to use them.

“The willingness of some of the top cinematographers and their rental houses to test, explore and provide feedback about our lenses is an integral part of this Emmy win,” states Thomas Fletcher, Director of Sales, FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division. “They’re a very loyal group, devoted to their lens choice. To test a new cinema lens is not something that’s considered lightly. Winning an honor as prestigious as an Emmy is an affirmation of Fujifilm’s dedication to the art and craft of cinematography. We thank the Academy for their recognition of our work and for the support we’ve received from the cinematography community.”

Cinematography wins

In fact, two cinematographers won Creative Arts Emmys this year using FUJINON cine zooms: David Miller, ASC, won ‘Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half Hour)’ for the HBO series Veep and Donald A Morgan, ASC, was awarded an Emmy for his work on The Ranch in the ‘Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series’ category.

Another DoP who has embraced the new FUJINON zoom lenses is three-time ASC Award winner William Wages, ASC (Burn Notice, Containment, Revolution, Sun Records). For Wages (seen above in the testing phase), the FUJINON Cabrio 19–90 and 85–300mm zooms have “changed the way I shoot”.  Wages says: “With their speed alone, they’re virtually the only lenses I’m using. The optical quality, small size and speed are unequaled. The combination of these two lenses are ideal for television production.” Wages is an ASC recipient of the Career Achievement in Television.

Former Emmys for Fujinon/Fujifilm

This marks the sixth Engineering Emmy award granted to Fujifilm and Fujinon. Past awards include:

  • 'Development of the new high-speed color negative film A250 Color Negative Film', 1982
  • 'Developments in Metal Tape Technology', 1990
  • 'Implementation in Lens Technology to Achieve Compatibility with CCD sensors', 1996
  • 'Lens technology developments for solid state imagers cameras in high definition formats', 2005
  • 'The world's first autofocus system, Precision Focus', 2009

See more about FUJINON lenses: www.fujifilmusa.com/products/optical_devices

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