New high-performance cinema lenses for mirrorless digital camera “X Series” launched. Achieve stunning FUJINON cine lens performance with a lightweight body. Equipped with focus and zoom mechanisms optimal for high quality video production´.
FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) is proud to announce that a new FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 (MKX18-55mm) and FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9 (MKX50-135mm) will be added to the mirrorless digital camera “X Series” interchangeable lens lineup in June 2018. These lenses deliver high optical performance and comfortable operability for professional video shooting. MKX18-55mm and MKX50-135mm are the first full manual cinema lenses to be compatible with the X Series interchangeable lens lineup. In the 35mm format equivalent, MKX18-55mm covers a focal distance from 27mm to 84mm and MKX50-135mm covers a focal distance from 76mm to 206mm. Combined with X Series’ unique color reproduction technology, MKX lenses further enhance the range for professional video shooting.
The rapid growth in popularity of movie and video production shared on the internet has increased the opportunity for shooting relatively small budget movies using digital cameras. With this in mind, Fujifilm released the “FUJIFILM X-T2” in 2016 which supports 4K video recording. To further support increased demands for video production, the “FUJIFILM X-H1” has recently been announced, which will feature a range of new or upgraded video functions such as a “5 axis in body image stabilization (IBIS) which has a maximum 5.5 stops*1, the new “ETERNA” Film Simulation, ideal for shooting movies and “1080/120P high-speed video mode”.
Growth of video production has created a demand among videographers and cinematographers for lenses optimized to shoot. Traditionally, cinema lenses were typically large, heavy and expensive compared with photographic lenses required to meet the needs of videographers. In February 2017, Fujifilm released MK lens for E-mount*2 cameras which have been praised for their ease of handling thanks to the compact and lightweight design. Despite their affordable price point and lightweight design, the E-mount lenses offer the same optical performance and operability as expensive cinema lenses. The new MKX lenses keep the same design concepts featured on the E-mount MK lenses but are now compatible with Fujifilm’s X Mount cameras within the Fujifilm X Series. The new MKX lenses have an electrical contact to communicate with the camera, which not only corrects the distortion*3 and the color/brightness shading, but also achieve various color expressions with Fujifilm’s Film Simulation modes.
“MKX18-55mm” and “MKX50-135mm” cover 18-135mm, which is the most frequently used focal length in video production and achieve a constant T2.9*4 aperture across the entire zoom range, enabling a shallow depth of field as well as a beautiful bokeh effect. The lens designs are optimized for shooting videos as they minimize focus shift and optical axis shift while zooming, and reduce lens breathing (the change of angle of view during focusing). The lenses also feature three rings to enable manual and independent operation of focus, zoom and iris (aperture), all with the gear pitch*5 4 of 0.8M (module). The focus rings can rotate fully up to 200 degrees to facilitate precise focusing. These features make the lenses very comfortable and convenient to operate.
Fujifilm’s FUJINON lenses won the 69th Engineering Emmy® Award in 2017 and have been used at movie / CM / TV production sites around the world, thanks to their advanced scene-depicting capability. Tapping into its optical, high-precision processing and assembly technologies that have been nurtured over the years in the cutting-edge field of movie production, Fujifilm will introduce the “MKX lens” series to the current X Series interchangeable lens lineup to meet the diverse needs at the movie production frontlines.
*1 When using the XF35mmF1.4 R. *2 Lens mount format developed by SONY Corporation. *3 Phenomenon in which an image formed through a lens becomes partially contracted or extended at the edges. *4 T-stop value is an index that indicates brightness of a lens based on its F-stop value and transmission rate. The smaller the value, the greater amount of light the lens transmits. *5 Distance between gear teeth
*6 Distance from the image-forming plane to a subject
*7 The position of lenses' image-forming plane can be adjusted according to each camera's flange focal distance (distance from lens mounting reference plane to sensor)
|Type||FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9||FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9|
|Lens construction||22 elements 17 groups（Includes 2 extra low dispersion elements and 6 super extra low dispersion elements）||22 elements 17 groups（Includes 2 extra low dispersion elements and 2 super extra low dispersion elements）|
|Focal length (35mm format equivalent)||ｆ=18-55mm(27-84mm)||f=50-135mm(76-206mm)|
|Angle of view||76.5°〜29.0°||31.7°〜12.0°|
|Min. aperture||F22 ~ Close||F22 ~ Close|
|Aperture control Number of blades||9 (rounded diaphragm opening)||9 (rounded diaphragm opening)|
|Focus range||0.85m/2ft 9in〜∞ [with wide macro function 0.38m/1ft 2.9in〜(at wide end)]||1.2m/3ft 11in〜∞ [ with wide macro function 0.85m/2ft 9in〜(at wide end)]|
|External dimensions:Maximum diameter x length (approx.)(distance from camera lens mount flange)||φ87mm×206.6mm||φ87mm×206.6mm|
|Weight (approx.) (excluding caps, hoods, support foot, and tripod collar foot)||1,080g||1,080g|
|Accessories included||Tripod collar foot, Support foot, Zoom lever, Lens cap, Lens rear cap, Lens hood, Wrapping cloth||Tripod collar foot, Support foot, Zoom lever, Lens cap, Lens rear cap,Lens hood, Wrapping cloth|
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