SYDNEY, 8 June 2017 – FUJIFILM has announced the official launch of the latest in its “MK” Series of cinema lenses – the FUJINON MK50-135mm T2.9 zoom. The MK50-135mm was shown as a companion lens to the MK18-55mm T2.9 zoom, introduced in February, during the NAB show last month. The MK50-135mm will be on display to a motion picture and television production community at Cine Gear Expo 2017.
The MK50-135mm is the same size and weight as the MK18-55mm, but with a 50-135mm focal length (both in the Super 35mm format). “It has all the performance that makes the MK18-55mm so exciting,” said Simon Becker, national sales manager of optical devices for FUJIFILM Australia. “It has no breathing, no ramping, and the same par focal capabilities – all wrapped up in a new focal length for the series.”
With a combined focal length range of 18mm-135mm, together the MK18-55mm and MK50-135mm lenses cover the most frequently used range utilised by emerging cinematographers. The series offers fast lenses with T2.9 speed across the entire zoom range, enabling a shallow depth-of-field.
Like the MK18-55, the MK50-135mm weighs in at a light 980 grams with front diameters of 85mm and lengths of 206mm. The MK50-135mm’s minimum object distance (MOD) is 1.2m.
The entire “MK” series is designed with the ‘emerging’ cinematographer in mind, whether shooting a live event, online programming, documentary, corporate video, wedding, independent or short film production. “MK” lenses are currently designed for E-mount cameras and boast advanced optical performance, ultra-compact and lightweight design, as well as superb cost performance.
In addition to their lightweight and compact build, the “MK” lenses are purpose-built for the operator. Only one matte box and one filter size are needed between the lenses. Time-saving features include a macro function that allows for a broader range of close-up shooting, and gears for the three rings are positioned in the exact same place, which eliminates the need to re-position accessories when switching lenses.
“Many independent shooters use DSLR lenses, which aren’t designed for moving images,” added Becker. “Most still lenses breathe considerably. Our MKs have a seamless manual iris, zero breathing, no ramping or zoom shift, and 200-degree focus rotation. They maintain focus completely throughout the zoom range while covering Super 35mm sensors.”
The “MK” lenses are compatible with E-mount*6 cameras with the Super 35mm*/ APS-C sensor.
X Mount versions of the MK lenses (with focal lengths of 18-55mm and 50-135mm) used in the FUJIFILM X Series line of digital cameras (with APS-C sensors) are being developed for launch by the end of this year. Information about the X Mount lenses will be provided as soon as more details are confirmed.
The MK50-135mm lens is available to order now with delivery beginning in July.
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