Fujinon report MK T and MK T u new quick more reasonable cine zooms for Emount Newsshooter public statement blog

“Is there one lens that never leaves your camera? Since the advent of larger format Super 35mm sensor video cameras itu2019s been hard to find a single lens that offers that magic balance of cost, weight, quality and portability. At one end of the spectrum youu2019ve got repurposed stills lenses, and at the other, cine zooms from companies like Zeiss, Angenieux and Fujinon. The latter have offered the best quality and zoom ranges, but at a significant cost.
Today Fujinon have a
ounced two new compact, fast, and most importantly, affordable cinema zooms aimed at the owner/operator. The first is the MK18-55mm T2.9 , and the second is the MK50-135mm T2.9. Both lenses weigh in at 980g, both are parfocal, and both have no focus breathing and limited image axis shift when zooming. If youu2019re a Sony shooter, be prepared to want one.
Dan spent some time with a test unit last week, and you can see the results in the video above.
The lenses have a common 85mm outside diameter and a common 82mm filter diameter. The are also identical in length at 206.3mm and their 0.8 pitch focus, iris and zoom gear rings are all in the same place. This is very smart from Fujinon as they have made changing between the two lenses very easy. Having the exact same weight and physical dimensions means you donu2019t have to adjust the camerau2019s balance when going handheld, and if youu2019re using a matte box or follow focus they can stay in the same position.
Part of the Fujinon family
According to Fujinon, the new MK lenses inherit the same advanced edge-to-edge optical performance and low distortion found on other Fujinon cinema lenses. They also feature nine iris blades which helps create quite nice bokeh from what I have seen.
The lenses have also been designed with integrated colour temperatures so they will match with other Fujinon Cine lenses in the HK / ZK / XK series. This is a nice feature if you were for example using a FS7 mounted with one of the MK lenses as a u201cBu201d camera and your u201cAu201d camera was an F55 ru
ing a Cabrio zoom.
Macro, Focus throw, one small catch
Both lenses feature a macro function and a back focus adjustment, which are features usually only found on much more expensive lenses. The focus throw is 200 degrees which is considerably more than most still lenses, but not as much as a lot of other cinema glass.
Without engaging the macro the 18-55 has a maximum close focus of only 63cm from the front of the lens. If you engage the macro that figure comes down to 16cm at 18mm and 48cm at 55mm. The 50-135mm has a close focus of 99cm from the front of the lens without engaging the macro and that goes down to 64cm with it engaged and the lens set at 50mm. At 135mm it will focus at 92cm from the lens with the macro engaged.
Neither lens has any electronic contact points so you wonu2019t get any distance, T-stop, or focus indicators coming through to your camera. This also means that no auto modes are available.”

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