Along with the new X-H1 camera, Fujifilm has announced two new X-mount lenses today: MK50-135mm T2.9 and MK18-55mm T2.9. The focal lengths differ, but the lenses have many features in common, so let’s take a look.
I don’t know about you, but I find factory tours fascinating, especially when so much equipment is still being assembled by hand. Sure, the individual components manufacture may be automated, but to see them all come together to create the final by hand product is a wonderful sight. It’s also interesting to see how each company differs in their approach & working environment, too.
I used to think all this stuff was 99% automated until I started seeing tours of factories like Leica and Sony. This time we get to look inside Fujifilm’s Japanese Sendai factory, thanks to the folks at Cinema5D. The Sendai factory is where they make Fujinon MK lenses, the Fujifilm X-T2, Fujifilm GFX and a few other cool toys.
Anybody who has ever tried to shoot video with a photography zoom lens understands the frustration it can cause. It seems natural to want to use the lenses we already own with DSLRs and mirrorless that can record video. After all, why spend money on a lens we already own, right? But things are a little more complicated than that. Photography lenses aren’t designed for video.
This video from The Camera Store TV is both hilarious and informative. It highlights the big differences between photography and cinema lenses. Why cinema lenses cost more money, and why you often can’t pull off the same shots with even pro photography lenses. I’m not sure which is funnier, though, the general idea of the sketch, or the acting abilities of those involved.
Fujinon has announced two new cinema zoom lenses: MK 18-55mm T2.9 and MK 50-135mm T2.9. They are fast, compact, versatile, and affordable. If you are in the “Sony team”, you may want one for your camera, as they are compatible with E-mount cameras with Super 35mm-sized sensor.
French website Le Monde De La Photo (The World ofPhotography) has recently published test results for three Fujifilm lenses on a Fujifilm GFX 50S camera. They tested Fujinon GF 63mm f/2.8, Fujinon GF 120mm f/4 and Fujinon GF 32-64mm f/4. The lenses and the cameras will be released on February 28, 2017, so this is a good chance to take a look at the performance they offer.
According to the tests, all the lenses have performed very well in terms of performance, autofocus and ISO when attached to the GFX 50S camera. But the sharpness results were exceptional. This review is an early first look, but it gives a nice insight on the lenses and this mirrorless monster of a camera. Le Monde De La Photo has published the graphs showing the sharpness of these three lenses, and here are the results.
According to “new sources”, Fuji Rumors are reporting that Fuji are starting to take a serious interest in video. They say that Fujifilm will launch lenses with clickless apertures sometime in 2017. These lenses will be designed for users of the Fuji X system who primarily use their cameras for video.
The fast & accurate AF of the recently released Fujifilm X-T2 as well as outstanding image quality, it has fast become a favourite for some video shooters. Having native lenses and not relying on various adapters to use other system lenses will make a big difference.
There’s a little bit of creepy in all of us. Don’t take my word for it, it’s practically scientific fact. Stop it! I’m not judging you…it’s perfectly normal. But, if you have an extra $60k sitting around looking for a home, you can take your creepy to a whole, new level!
Don’t believe me? YouTuber SirJonnyCargo shows how he took a Fujinon XA55 Digipower lens designed for video set work, made a few modifications, and attached it to a Panasonic Lumix GH4. With the crop factor and a 2x teleconverter added, he took the effective focal range of the lens from a measly 9.5-525mm (::scoffs::) to a whopping 44-2,415mm full-frame equivalent! That’s some serious reach, AT&T.