15 Feb Fujifilm’s MKX lenses bring affordable cinema glass to X-mount

Source: DP Review

Fujifilm has announced its Fujinon MKX 18-55mm T2.9 and MKX 50-135mm T2.9 cinema lenses for X-mount. These are essentially the same Super 35 lenses that Fujifilm released about a year ago in E-mount and are now available to users of the company’s own X-mount mirrorless system.

Combined, the two lenses provide coverage between 18mm and 135mm, a very useful range for video production. Based on the company’s much more expensive Cabrio line of cinema optics, the MKX series include properties typically found on much more expensive cine lenses.

Those features include little to no lens breathing, a phenomenon which causes a lens’s field of view to change slightly as it’s focused, a parfocal design, meaning that the lens will maintain precise focus while zooming and 200 degrees of focus rotation with hard stops in order to work well with a follow focus setup.

The Fujinon MKX18-55mm T2.9 and MKX 50-135mm T2.9 cinema lenses are X-mount versions of the MK series lenses released about a year ago for E-mount (shown here on a Sony FS7 camera).

Additionally, the MKX lenses are also matched to have the same exact weight, dimensions, gearing and 82mm filter threads, meaning that it’s possible to switch between the two lenses easily without making any modifications to your rigging, such as the position of tools like a follow-focus or matte box.

We provided a hands-on look at both the MK18-55mm T2.9 and MK50-135mm T2.9 lenses in E-mount when they were released, and since they’re the same…

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