FUJINON/FUJIFILM Optics highlights from CineGear 2018

Visitors at this year’s Cine Gear Expo got a “master class” on evaluating lenses at the FUJINON/FUJIFILM Optics Learning Centre (Stage 18, Booth S206). Leading lens repair and rental house optic experts put the FUJINON Premier, Cabrio and MK lenses through their paces, teaching attendees how they use Lens Projection to test and evaluate lenses. Representatives from ARRI RENTAL, Keslow Camera and Duclos Lenses were some of the featured technicians in Fujifilm’s lens projection room. 

The MK Series of lenses are designed for E-Mount cameras and boast advanced optical performance, ultra-compact and lightweight design, as well as superb cost performance. With a combined focal length range of 18mm-135mm in the Super 35mm format, the MK18-55mmT2.9 and MK50-135mmT2.9 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. 

Thanks to the extreme popularity of the FUJINON MK zooms, third party providers have introduced a range of solutions to benefit MK lens owners and broaden their compatibility. One of the most popular accessories are additional camera mounts – MK Series lenses come standard with an E-Mount. Showcased in the Cine Gear booth will be the Duclos Lenses’ FZ mount, which allows the lens to work with the popular Sony F5 and F55 cameras. Also shown were MTF’s Micro Four Thirds (M4/3) mount for the MK series. This mount allows for use on Panasonic, JVC, and other manufacturers’ cameras. Heden, SLR Magic, Chrosziel, Bright Tangerine and Zacuto also showed their latest accessories for the MK lenses. 

The new Duclos 1.7x expander enables FUJINON Cabrio and Premier Series Super 35mm zooms to be used on the latest larger sensor cameras, such as Sony’s Venice, RED’s Vista Vision 8K, and ARRI Alexa LF. 

The Electronic Imaging Division highlighted the new video-capable FUJIFILM X-H1 camera and the new MKX cinema lenses for X Mount, the FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 and FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9, at Cine Gear 2018. These product offerings provide the ideal compact combination for both video reproduction and still photography. 

 The full family of mirrorless FUJIFILM X Series and GFX camera systems, featuring the video-capableX-H1 camera, new MKX cinema lenses, and GFX 50S medium format mirrorless camera, were also showcased within the booth. Additionally, FUJIFILM technicians were on hand to conduct a complimentary “Check and Clean” program for of attendees with X Series or GFX system products. 

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