WAYNE, N.J., March 17, 2010 – MIRA Mobile drove its new M-9HD 53-foot trailer with 51-foot expanding side to Vancouver for coverage of the Winter Games. Based in Portland, Ore., the high-end video production services provider also brought a complement of Fujinon lenses, including one Fujinon XA101x8.9BESM super telephoto field lens with image stabilization, six Fujinon XA88x8.8BESM telephoto HD lenses, two Fujinon HA22x7.8BERM ENG lenses, and two Fujinon HA13x4.5BERM ENG super wide angle lenses.
The MIRA Mobile M-9HD was stationed at Whistler Creekside for coverage of all the Alpine events, including downhill, combined, super-G, and slalom. “We heard reports from TOC, IBC and various rights holders that our pictures taken with the Fujinon lenses were some of the best of the 2010 Winter Games,” said Bill Duncan, Director of Engineering at MIRA Mobile Television. “We had no problem with moisture condensation in the changes of sunny weather and the snow during the three weeks on the mountain.”
Installed on Sony HDC-1550 HD cameras, the Fujinon lenses were primarily used on cameras that covered the middle part of the Alpine race course. “Another company covered the first five cameras at the start gate,” said Duncan. “As soon as the athlete came out of the gate, we took over and then handed off to the finish truck halfway down the slope.”
The camera ops and the video control ops of the Swiss production team were very familiar and experienced in shooting these types of sporting events in sunny and adverse conditions. “They experienced no issues that made them even think of the lenses, which is a good thing,” said Duncan.
About MIRA Mobile Television:
MIRA Mobile Television is a Pacific Northwest based mobile facilities company founded in 1982. The company operates from field shops in Vancouver, BC and Portland, OR. MIRA has been providing remote television production services for over two decades, covering regional and national sporting events, entertainment programming, corporate and other special events. MIRA Mobile Television is a partner in Alliance Productions, LLC (www.allianceproductions.com). For more information, go to www.miramobile.com.
Fujinon is a major manufacturer and distributor of optics and lens assemblies for the broadcast, digital cinema, and industrial markets. The company’s line of television zoom lenses are used in virtually every segment of the broadcast industry, including electronic newsgathering, studio and field production, and high definition television. For more information about Fujinon broadcast and communications products, call 973-633-5600 or visit our web site at www.fujinon.com/DigitalCinema.