Fujifilm is targeting independent filmmakers with a pair of high-tech E-mount cine lenses that are smaller, lighter and promise to be more affordable than their premium broadcast cine lens range.
Best known for its stills-based cameras and very high-end Fujinon cine lenses, the Japanese firm has come up with a pair of manual focus zooms that retain the optical quality of their bigger brothers but are smaller and more affordable. The US price of the first lens to be launched, the MK18-55mm, is $3799. No UK price has yet been set.
The lenses are the MK18-55mm and MK50-135mm, both with a maximum speed of T/2.9 right through the whole zoom range. They will be available in the Sony E mount but a Fuji X-mount version will follow in the future. Initially the 18-55mm will hit the shops first with the 50-135mm out in the summer.
Both lenses are for Super 35 rather than full-frame cameras, so are ideal for cameras like the Sony FS7 and FS5. The official press release reads:
Sigma’s popular ART lens range has now increased to seven with the launch of an ultra-wide 14mm f/1.8 and 135mm f/1.8 primes and a 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom for full-frame Canon, Nikon and Sigma bodies.
Sigma claims the 14mm optic is the world's first and only F1.8 ultra-wide-angle lens amd has nine rounded aperture blades for smooth out-of-focus rendering. The weather-sealed 24-70mm also has nine rounded aperture blades and image stabilisation. And the 135mm f/1.8 uses an accelerometer to detects the orientation of the lens so the AF system can respond to varying loads on the focusing group due to gravity.
No pricing or availability details have yet been released. Sigma’s official information says:
Samyang has revealed a new full-frame 20mm T1.9 XEEN Cinema prime lens - its eighth cine lens. It's made to match its siblings with the focus and aperture rings in the same place. It has 11 iris blades for pleasing bokeh and resolves higher resolution than 4K. It comes in PL, EF, F, E, and Micro Four Thirds mounts with metric or imperial scales. It should be available next month in the UK for £1799.99/ $2250. The official press release says: