The Science Channel captures history with Fujinon lenses

When SpaceShipOne, a commercial spacecraft was launched recently, The Science Channel and CNN were there to capture the action with Fujinon’s new telephoto zoom lenses.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  January 10, 2005

When SpaceShipOne, a commercial spacecraft was launched recently, The Science Channel and CNN were there to capture the action with Fujinon’s new telephoto zoom lenses. The spaceship, privately funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, won the US $10 million prize. After an hour-long climb beneath the belly of the turbo jet White Knight, spacecraft pilot Brian Binnie rocketed straight up into the sky over the Mojave Desert, winning the Ansari X-Prize. Capturing the action with the Fujinon lenses helped, says Sean Fairburn, director of photography for The Science Channel’s X-Prize event. Fairburn used a Fujinon XA101x8.9BESM HD zoom on a Sony 900 24P HD camera for the event. “The 101x’s Precision Focus Assist system, and its image stabilisation features helped me to film the rocket ship as it was launched. This was an issue because we couldn’t see the rocket with the naked eye beyond a certain height. Despite that, we had no problem tracking the rocket and got fantastic images as well because of the lenses’ 101x magnification and wide angle ability,” says Fairburn. Smaller viewfinders on HD cameras are harder to resolve, and operators think they’ve achieved focus when they haven’t. Slightly out-of-focus shots are more noticeable in HD. Fujinon’s Precision Focus Assist system addresses this issue.

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