Shimming an Ursa Broadcast with Fujinon XA16X8A-XB8

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Ken Grunberg

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Shimming an Ursa Broadcast with Fujinon XA16X8A-XB8

PostWed Jun 13, 2018 12:43 am

Our studio has been using Sony PMW-400s with the Fujinon XA16X8A-XB8 lens for years now. It is tricked out with a studio kit for zoom/focus. After adding an Ursa Broadcast into the mix, I decided to try the Fujinon with it (our studio kits do not work with the Canon lens we use for the Ursa). To my surprise, the Fujinon XA16X8A-XB8 does NOT have back focus adjustment and needless to say, the focus was way off when mounted on the Ursa.

Does anybody have an experience with using shims on the Broadcast? Is there detailed measurements one can find about the expected distance from sensor of the Ursa Broadcast, and what the Fujinon XA16X8A-XB8 actually wants?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Denny Smith

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Re: Shimming an Ursa Broadcast with Fujinon XA16X8A-XB8

PostWed Jun 13, 2018 5:35 am

You need to find out what the FFD is for the Sony camera, and set then Ursa Broadcast to the same FFD using a shim kit. This is a very technical adjustment best done with a collimating instrument.
I think you would be better off getting a Fujinon Zoom with a back focus adjustment.
Denny Smith
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