Quick hands on with the Fujinon MK 18-55mm Cine lens
6 March 2017 | Category: Motion
The minute we first got wind from Fujifim that this lens was going to be announced, we couldn't hold back the excitement. We've already banged on plenty of times about the fact that Cine lenses are coming along that, whilst they may not offer the out and out performance of their bigger and far more expensive brothers, in the real word they offer incredible value for money, fitting in with most of our clients' needs.
So step forward the Fujinon MK 18-55mm T2.9. The first thing that hits you is the compact nature of the lens - take it off the camera and it's light - 980g to be precise. On the Sony FS7 on the Fujifilm stand that light weight made it incredibly well balanced and indeed talking to Philip Bloom later both on and off the camera, it was one of the big attractions for him.
Clearly the optical quality is a given but you'd expect cut backs to have been made elsewhere but you could search all you wanted - the materials seemed decent enough and all of the rings were beautifully smooth - really most impressive.
I was allowed a quick view of the prototype 50-135mm T2.9 (literally had come out of a bag directly from Japan!). Fujinon have been really clever here as it's a direct copy of its brother in terms of dimension and weight.
We're delighted to announce that we will be stocking both lenses at launch. The 18-55mm should be available in about 3 weeks' time. Sadly you'll have to wait a bit longer (end of summer we think) for the 50-135mm.
You can find out more about hiring the MK18-55mm T2.9 here - http://bit.ly/mk18-55mm-emount
I managed to catch Philip Bloom for quick interview and talk through the lens below -