Fujinon Lenses Drive MIRA Mobile to Olympic Gold
MIRA Mobile drove its new M-9HD 53-foot trailer with 51-foot expanding side to Vancouver for coverage of the 2010 Winter Games in February. Also on hand for MIRA were a host 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,” says 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. As soon as the athlete came out of the gate, MIRA took over and then handed off to the finish truck halfway down the slope.