If you're a director of photography (DOP) working on low-budget projects, then you'll know how difficult it is to find the perfect all-purpose cinema lens. This is in spite of that fact that, for most DOPs, the Hollywood workflow of countless assistants and a box full of primes simply isn't achievable.
However, in recent years we've seen a wave of cheaper professional-level equipment make its way to the market. These affordable 4K cameras, lights and rigs all provide incredible quality at a reasonable price, along with the versatility that any cinematographer with a 'run and gun' approach needs. Now, the lords of gear have blessed the industry once again with the announcement of two new lenses from Fujinon – the MK 18-55 T2.9 and MK 50-135 T2.9 cinema zooms.
Check out the video below to see them in action.
Fujinon's new cinema zoom lenses
The new MK lenses are endlessly versatile, perfect for quick setups that need to cover all the bases. As zooms, they can fulfil the same role as several different prime lenses, all without having to waste valuable daylight switching things around. In the past, a cinema-quality zoom would cost DOPs an arm and a leg, while the cheaper DSLR versions would have too many flaws to really be considered professional video tools.
The MK lenses split the difference between these two types of gear, boasting DSLR-level prices and cinema-level performance, with edge-to-edge optical performance, back focus functionality and even a macro mode. In addition, Fujinon has managed to solve issues that have plagued cheaper zooms in the past, most noticeably 'breathing' – where the framing changes subtly while focusing.
Sweat the details
The MK lenses may bring top notch performance, but they're still perfect for low-budget productions, as well as documentary and journalism work. This is due to their compact size and light weight, which makes them perfect for all sorts of environments where larger, traditional-style cinema zooms aren't practical. The lenses also feature bright and easy-to-read markings for focus, iris and zoom, and they're compatible with Super 35 mm sensors for the classic film 'look.'
In fact, the MKs may just allow DOPs to make their rigs even smaller, as by having these two lenses available, almost every useable focal length (18 mm to 135 mm) can be achieved at the twist of a ring.
To find out more about the Fujinon MK lenses, contact DVT today.
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