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NOT EN­TIRELY SUR­PRIS­INGLY Fu­ji­film has de­cided to ven­ture into mak­ing a range of lower-priced cin­e­matog­ra­phy lenses for Sony’s E Mount which is used by both the lat­ter’s mir­ror­less cam­eras and a range of semipro video cam­corders.

De­signed for the ‘APS-C’ and ‘Su­per 35’ for­mats, the new Fu­ji­non MK lens line starts with an 18-55mm T2.9 stan­dard zoom which will be fol­lowed by a 50-135mm T2.9 tele­zoom later in the year. Sen­si­bly too, the MK cin­e­matog­ra­phy lenses will also be avail­able in Fu­ji­film’s own X Mount for use on mir­ror­less cam­eras such as the X-T2. They’re pri­mar­ily de­signed as a more com­pact, lighter weight and af­ford­able al­ter­na­tive to pro-grade cinema lenses, but with­out com­pro­mis­ing dura­bil­ity or op­ti­cal performance, in­clud­ing edge-to-edge sharp­ness and low dis­tor­tion. Ad­di­tion­ally, the MK zooms have op­ti­cal and me­chan­i­cal de­signs op­ti­mised for video ap­pli­ca­tions so they don’t suf­fer from the fo­cus shift or op­ti­cal axis shift char­ac­ter­is­tics of zoom lenses pri­mar­ily de­signed for still pho­tog­ra­phy. This is achieved by driv­ing the front fo­cus­ing group and zoom­ing group in­de­pen­dently. Three con­trol rings al­low for the man­ual ad­just­ment of fo­cus, zoom and iris, all with a very fine gear pitch. The iris col­lar also of­fers step­less con­trol for the smoother ad­just­ment of ex­po­sures. The 18-55mm fo­cuses down to 38 cen­time­tres and the 50-135mm down to 85 cen­time­tres.

Both MK mod­els share the same fil­ter size fit­ting of 82 mm and can share the same matte box (i.e. with an 85 mm front fit­ting), and the con­trol ring gears are po­si­tioned in the same lo­ca­tions along the bar­rels so rigs don’t need to be re­con­fig­ured when chang­ing lenses.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the new Fu­ji­non MK Series cin­e­matog­ra­phy zoom lenses visit www.fu­ji­film.com.au

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