Fujifilm has unveiled two new full manual cinema lenses that are compatible with its X Series interchangeable lens cameras.



The new Fujinon MKX18-55mm T2.9 and Fujinon MKX50-135mm T2.9 lenses. (Source: Fujifilm.)

Designed in line with the new X-H1 hybrid stills/video camera, the new lenses are more compact and lightweight but provide the same optical performance and operation as expensive cinema lenses. Both lenses include an electrical contact to communicate with the camera, enabling correction for distortion and colour/brightness shading and also supports Fujifilm’s Film Simulation modes. They cover the most frequently used focal length in video production and achieve a constant T2.9 aperture across their entire zoom ranges, enabling a shallow depth of field as well as a beautiful bokeh effect.

The lens designs are optimised for shooting videos as they minimise focus shift and optical axis shift while zooming, and reduce lens breathing (the change of angle viewing during focusing). Three rings enable manual and independent operation of focus, zoom and iris (aperture), all with the gear pitch of 0.08M (module). The focus rings can rotate up to a full 200 ° to facilitate precise focusing. These features make the lenses very comfortable and convenient to operate. Their standardised design means only one matte box between the lenses is needed with an 85mm front diameter and only one filter size is needed with a filter thread of 82mm. The MKX18-55mm lens can focus to 38 cm from a subject, while the MKX50-135mm lens focuses to 85 cm. Both lenses feature a Flange Focal Distance adjustment function to achieve optimum camera and lens matching.

The Fujinon MKX18-55mm T2.9 has a recommended retail price of AU$6,149 (including GST). The Fujinon MKX50-135mm T2.9 will sell for AU$6,449 (including GST). Both lenses are expected to be available in Australia in June 2018. For details, visit www.fujifilm.com.au.