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Fujifilm X-Mount Lens Road Map Released Plus Cine Lenses

Fujifilm has released details of future lenses they plan to release for Fujifilm X-Mount cameras, including new cinema lenses.

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Fujifilm has released details of the development roadmap for X-Mount lenses for the Fujifilm X series of cameras which includes the Fujifilm X-T2 and Fujifilm X-Pro 2:

Lenses due to be released in 2017:

  • XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro
  • MK 18-55mm T2.9 X Mount
  • MK 50-135mm T2.9 X Mount

Two new lenses detailed for release in 2018:

  • Large diameter super wide-angle zoom lens
  • Large diameter telephoto prime lens

 

X Mount Lens Roadmap

*The images shown are different from the products’ final exterior design.
*The above roadmap is as of February 2017. Product specifications are subject to change.
*The figures in brackets are equivalent focal lengths in the 35mm film format.
*The MK Series of lenses are dedicated to video filming.

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From Fujifilm: Fujifilm unveils the latest development roadmap for interchangeable lenses for the X Series digital cameras. The lineup expansion includes the new MK Series of cinema camera lenses, optimised for filming video.

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) has unveiled the latest development roadmap for interchangeable lenses for the X Series of digital cameras.

Fujifilm introduced the X Series of digital cameras in 2011, followed by mirrorless digital cameras featuring the X Mount in 2012, and has since continued to expand the series with regular developments of new products. Fujifilm has also continued to develop the lineup of interchangeable lenses designed for the X Series, which has been constantly expanded to offer 24 lenses to consumers. Many photographers have praised these products for their advanced image quality and mobility.

Lenses newly added to the roadmap

New MK series of cinema camera lenses for filming video

Amidst growing demand for high-definition video, including 4K video, in the field of professional video production, Fujifilm is developing the X Mount versions of all-new MK Series of cinema camera lenses to address the needs for filming video with X Series cameras, taking advantage of their excellent mobility and operability, and unique color-reproduction technology to capture premium-quality video in an amazing array of colours.

“Telephoto prime lens” and “Ultra-wide angle zoom lens” for still images

Fujifilm has constantly expanded its lineup of interchangeable lenses for the X Series to cover a wide range of focal lengths from wide angle to ultra-telephoto. The company now plans to develop a “Telephoto prime lens” and “Ultra-wide angle zoom lens” in response to numerous requests from professional photographers and photography enthusiasts to further expand the lineup of XF lenses, optimized for shooting still photos.

Fujifilm will continue to expand the lineup of the X Series of cameras and its interchangeable lenses to cater to a wide range of needs from still photography to video filming, thereby boosting the appeals of the X Series even further.

 

Fujinon MK 18-55mm T2.9
 

Fujifilm announces the release of the ‘MK’ series of innovative cinema lenses.

Fujifilm has also announced the MK lens series of cinema lenses including a Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 and Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 for E-Mount cameras.

  • FUJINON MK18‐55mm T2.9, Release date: Early March 2017
  • FUJINON MK50-135mm T2.9 (under development), Release date: Summer 2017

 

The new range caters for the growing demand for powerful, reliable equipment for movie production made by emerging cinematographers in recent years.

Fujinon MK 50-135mm T2.9

 

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) has unveiled the MK series of new cinema lenses, which boast advanced optical performance, ultra-compact and lightweight design and excellent cost performance. The FUJINON MK18-55mm T2.9 (MK18-55mm), a standard zoom lens with the focal length of 18-55mm is the first MK lens to be released in early March 2017. In the summer, this will be followed by the launch of the FUJINON MK50-135mm T2.9 (MK50-135mm), a telephoto zoom lens offering the focal length of 50-135mm, thus together covering the most frequently-used range of focal lengths from 18mm to 135mm.

The rapid growth in popularity of movies made by emerging cinematographers in recent years including corporate and commercial movies on the Internet and other venues has increased the opportunities of shooting movies using cinema and regular digital cameras, and it boosts demand for high-performance cinema lenses that deliver high resolution and advanced scene-depicting capability. Cinema lenses are the optimal choice to achieve a shallow depth-of-field and a beautiful bokeh. However, since they are typically large, heavy and expensive, those involved in online and other lower cost movie production often opt for interchangeable lenses for digital cameras, which are more affordable and mobile. The problem is that interchangeable lenses for digital cameras are designed primarily for shooting still images, and therefore prone to focus shift and optical axis shift while zooming, and so on. In response, Fujifilm has been working on developing new cinema lenses that offer advanced optical performance with compact size and operability to meet the needs of creative emerging cinematographers.

 

The MK lenses joining our cinema lens lineup inherit the FUJINON cine lenses’ advanced edge-to-edge optical performance and low distortion*1, and yet boast compact and lightweight design as well as the level of outstanding cost performance that has never been seen in conventional cinema lenses until now.

The MK series offers fast lenses with T2.9*2 speed across the entire zoom range, enabling a shallow depth-of-field as well as a beautiful bokeh effect. The lenses will be compatible with E-mount*3 cameras with the Super 35mm*4 / APS-C sensor and the X Mount used in Fujifilm’s “X Series” of digital cameras (APS-C sensor). They achieve advanced optical performance despite their compact and lightweight body by incorporating the benefits of short flange focal distance*5 into optical design to the maximum extent. The use of optical and mechanical design optimized for dedicated movie lenses minimizes focal shift and optical axis shift while zooming, and lens breathing (change of angle of view during focusing) that are typically observed in interchangeable lenses for digital cameras. The lenses feature three rings to enable manual and independent adjustment of focus, zoom and iris (aperture), all with the gear pitch*6 of 0.8M (module). The focus ring can rotate fully up to 200 degrees to facilitate precise focusing. This design makes the lenses comfortable to operate.

 

Fujifilm will firstly release the MK18-55mm (focal length of 18-55mm) for the E Mount in early March, followed by the MK50-135mm (focal length of 50-135mm), also in the E-mount this summer. Their X Mount versions (focal lengths of 18-55mm and 50-135mm) are being developed for launch by the end of 2017.

 

FUJINON lenses offered by Fujifilm have been used at movie / CM / TV production sites around the world for 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 “MK lens” series to the current lineup of the “HK / ZK / XK lenses” to meet the diverse needs at the movie production frontlines.

 

*1 ”Distortion” refers to a phenomenon in which an image formed through a lens becomes partially contracted or extended at the edges.

*2 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.

*3 Lens mount format developed by SONY Corporation

*4 Super 35mm is a standard format for motion film cameras using 35mm film stock, and refers to a sensor size used in many cinema cameras.

*5 Distance from lens mounting reference plane to sensor

*6 Distance between gear teeth

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