Fujifilm has unveiled the MK series of cinema lenses for E-mount cameras that boasts advanced optical performance, ultra compact and has a lightweight design as well as superb cost performance. The MK lines of lenses are deigned for the consumers and prosumer videographers and emerging cinematographers whether shooting a live event, online programming, documentary, corporate video, weddings, independent or shoot film production.
The first in the MK series of cinema lenses to be introduced, the Funjinon MK 18-55mm T2.9 lens which will be available in early March. The next in the MK series is – the Fujinon MK 50-135mm T2.9 lens that will be available in this summer.
The company said that the move was a response to videographers using lenses designed for stills because of their affordability and portability. It further said that the new line will offer “outstanding cost performance that has never been seen in conventional cinema lenses until now.”
Both cinema lenses will have a bright T2.9 maximum aperture. The new glass will offer edge-to-edge performance with minimal distortion and integrated with color temperature that makes matching the colors from multiple lenses simpler in post. They both have a macro switch with the shorter lens focusing as close as 14.9 inches away and the larger lens 33 inches away.
The lenses cover the most frequently used range utilized by emerging cinematographers. The newly arrived lens series is also expected to use three separate rings for focus, zoom and aperture adjustment and both cinema lenses will have those rings in the same location for easier swaps with accessories like that the following focus systems. Both lenses will also use the same size filters, 82mm and both weights about two pounds with similar exterior.
It is expected that the cinema lens series cut the focus shift and optical axis shift, which still lenses often exhibit while zooming and enabling the smoother zooms during recording. Fujifilm separates the front lens element and the zooming element into their systems and said that the videographers will not have to refocus after zooming. With an interior focus system, the lenses helps to prevent the lens breathing or the angle of view adjusting slightly as the lens focuses.