Fujifilm says that its new MK series of cinema lenses boast advanced optical performance, coupled with ultra-compact and lightweight design and excellent cost performance. At $3799 for the initial Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 it could have a point.
The company is targeting the 18mm to 135mm sweet spot first; the $3799 Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 standard zoom rolling out in early March, to be followed by the as yet unpriced (and still in develooment) Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 telephoto zoom in the summer. Both will initially be available as E mount lenses, with X mount versions expected by the end of the year
As the company is swift to point out, cinema lenses are a popular choice to achieve a shallow depth-of-field and a beautiful bokeh, but are somewhat handicapped by being typically large, heavy and expensive.
The MK series, however, achieve their optical performance by incorporating the benefits of short flange focal distance (defined as the distance from the lens mounting reference plane to the sensor) into optical design to the maximum extent. “The use of optical and mechanical design optimized for dedicated movie lenses minimizes focal shift and optical axis shift while zooming, and lens breathing that are typically observed in interchangeable lenses for digital cameras, “ says the ocmpany.
The lenses feature three rings to enable manual and independent adjustment of focus, zoom and iris (aperture), all with the gear pitch of 0.8M (module). The focus ring can rotate fully up to 200 degrees to help with precision focusing.
Fujinon has also ensured a standardized design across the series for ease of use: only one matte box between the lenses is needed with an 85mm front diameter; only one filter size between the lenses is needed with a filter thread of 82mm; and the gears for the three rings are positioned in the same place so users don’t need to reposition accessories when switching lenses.
What's more, we have some footage as well. The video below features footage shot by Philip Bloom in Gran Canaria using a MK18-55mm T2.9 lens and Sony FS7, FS5 and A7S II. And below that there is the by now traditional behind the scenes video of the video too. A press release with all the details in it is over the page.