Fujifilm Releases Ultra-Compact Fujinon Cinema Lenses For X Mount Cameras

Fujifilm has announced two new Fujinon lenses hot on the heels of the release of the X-H1 camera. The X-H1 adds to the X series of mirrorless system cameras based around APS-sized sensors, but the X-H1 added features for movie shooting as well as stills. The MKX18-55mmT2.9 and MKX50-135mmT2.9 cinema zoom lenses for the Fujifilm X Mount add to the X Series of interchangeable lenses. With three-ring geared controls, click-fre aperture and controlled lens breathing, these lenses are designed specifically for the movie-maker.

The new Fujifilm Fujinon zooms offer a lightweight and compact design with the same optical performance and operability as larger cinema lenses in their class. They cover 18-135mm–the most frequently used focal length in video production and achieve a constant T2.9 aperture across the entire zoom range, enabling a shallow depth of field and bokeh effects. Optical and Mechanical Design Ideal for Video Shooting

The optical and mechanical approach employed in these new MKX lenses allows for elimination of time lag that is usually experienced with electrical control systems. Manufacturing technology developed for conventional Fujinon cinema lenses was applied to control the optical axis shift while zooming. The front inner-focusing system controls lens breathing, allowing for smooth focus over an entire scene. Additionally, when zooming, focus shift is suppressed by independently driving the front focusing group and zooming group of lens elements away from each other.

The MKX18-55mm and MKX50-135mm feature three fully manual rings for independent adjustment of focus, zoom and aperture, allowing for intuitive operation. The focus ring offers a rotation of a full 200 degrees, plus all operation rings have a gear pitch of 0.8 m, allowing the use of all standard third-party accessories for video production. The gears for all three rings are positioned in the same place eliminating the need to re-position accessories when switching lenses. Only one matte box with an 85mm front diameter and one filter size with a filter thread of 82mm are needed between the two lenses. The two lenses are compatible with all Fujifilm X Series interchangeable system cameras. 

Fujinon MKX18-55mmT2.9 Key Features

  • Compact, lightweight lens weighing just 1,080g with external dimensions of 87mm × 206.6mm (maximum diameter × length) 
  • Maximum aperture of F2.8, minimum aperture of F22 
  • Angle of view 76.5° - 29.0°

Fujinon MKX50-135mmT2.9 Key Features 

  • Compact, lightweight lens weighing just 1,080g with external dimensions of 87mm × 206.6mm (maximum diameter × length) 
  • Maximum aperture of F2.8, minimum aperture of F22 
  • Angle of view 31.7° - 12.0°

The Fujinon cinema lens will be available from June 2018.

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