Polecam announces its appointment as official broadcast industry distributor of the Theia MY125M ultra-wide-angle effects lens, a stellar performer in Toshiba's Space Chair Project and the mid-summer South African international football tournament.
"The MY125M is highly effective in sports coverage where you want to capture an entire goal mouth without visible barrel distortion," comments Polecam founder and Managing Director Steffan Hewitt. "We first tested it while providing technical consultancy to Grey Advertising on a commercial for a new range of Toshiba LCD television displays. The results were excellent and the lenses were used during a series of balloon flights reaching 98,000 feet, the edge of space. Each lens was fitted to a Toshiba IK-HR1S camera also supplied by Polecam and mounted on a light-weight boom, capturing actual footage of an armchair suspended high above the Nevada desert."
"The system also included two nanoFlash solid-state HD recorders and an auxiliary camera with a fisheye lens pointing straight downwards. Everything hit -60 degrees Celsius at one point and still functioned faultlessly. Lenses, cameras and recorders all survived high-altitude operation in near-vacuum conditions, re-entry velocities faster than Mach 1, and 30 miles-per-hour parachute-assisted landings. 'Out of this world' is an over-used phrase but it certainly applied to the footage achieved."
"We also supplied the same cameras and lenses to Camera Corps for integration into their Net-Cam system, capturing Frank Lampard's now historic disallowed goal which looks set revolutionise the way in which major-league football matches are refereed. This equipment is perfect for this application."
Designed for use with 1/3 inch single-CCD or CMOS cameras of up to 5 megapixel resolution, the C-mounting MY125M captures a massive 125 degree horizontal field of view with high geometric precision and 10 cm to infinity focal depth. Aperture is manually adjustable between F1.8 and fully closed.
"The MY125M effects lens greatly simplifies the task of capturing video content in confined spaces such as a car or in tight indoor locations" adds Polecam Camera Systems Sales Manager Nigel Paine. "On a larger scale, it allows huge areas of a stadium to be covered from a single viewpoint without need for a pan-and-tilt unit. Barrel distortion is less than 3 per cent so the geometric accuracy is incomparably superior to traditional fisheye lenses."
Rated for operation across a temperature range of -20 to +60 Celsius, the MY125M weighs just 100 grammes, is 54 mm in length and 36 mm in diameter. Being a rectilinear lens, the image is top-down so the camera must be mounted upside-down or the output inverted electronically.
The Theia MY125M makes its European debut on Polecam's IBC 2010 stand, 10.C49.
Polecam provides complete HD/SD broadcast production solutions for a wide range of applications, based on our world-leading truly-portable single-operator jib arm and miniature HD and SD camera systems. The Polecam system delivers the freedom to place a long-reach jib anywhere a cameraman can go, eliminating the restrictions associated with heavy multi-operator cranes. Combined with one of our ultra-compact camera heads and choice of recorders, Polecam jibs permit new and unique angles that would be difficult any other way. Polecam rigs operate from a standard tripod and dolly or from the Polecam body harness, enabling smooth shots in the studio or on location. Rig and de-rig are fast and easy, requiring no tools. Polecam systems can operate underwater with a fully submersible pan-and-tilt head. We also offer the simplest 3D system in the market. Additionally we stock a wide range of lenses, recorders, power options, remote control and multiplex equipment.
Images show the Theia MY125M compact ultra-wide-angle lens stand-alone and attached to a Toshiba HR1S 1-CMOS HD camera.