FUJINON Premista 80-250mm T2.9-3.5 PL announced: FUJIFILM Corporation just recently introduced their newest Premista series lens to complement the 28-100mm T2.9 PL zoom lens released in August this year. Together they’re covering a wide range of nearly 10x zoom ratio from 28mm – 250mm to fully support large image sensors. They are intended to present some of the highest grade quality, rich gradation and suitability for HDR for cinematic purposes. Let’s take a closer look at its features.
The FUJINON Premista 80-250mm T2.9-3.5 was explicitly designed to cover large sensors that measure 43.2-46.3mm diagonally. The lens incorporates large-diameter aspherical lens parts and a sizeable 13-blade design that almost reaches a perfectly circular aperture shape. The intention is to create the highest possible image reproduction on the large image sensor, accompanied by a natural bokeh and a shallow depth-of-field to create a profound cinematic look. The latter is unique to large format in combination with high-resolution image sensors.
Main Characteristics, Look and Line-up Consistency
FUJINON usually implements patented or exclusively created technologies, techniques and systems in their lenses, just like their main competitors. In this case, they are working with their design of a zoom/focusing system to reduce chromatic aberration in long-range cinematic zoom lenses. This characteristic usually needs precise and individual attention in a complicated lens system for the highest purposes, like here. Additionally, FUJINON has applied its necessary procedures to minimize flares and ghosts responding to and abiding by cinematic standards.
A lot of cinematic lenses are alleged by their manufacturers to have a particular level of sharpness or a certain degree in the spectrum of “vintage soft sharpness” and a somehow distinctive mellow look to them. On the contrary, in this specific case, Fujifilm claims to have reached stunning levels of sharpness and clarity with this cinematic lens. Thereby they are also highlighting that this lens is instead intended to produce film footage in naturalistic colours. This detail includes a representation of colour tones that properly fits in with other popular FUJINON series like the XK, HK, MK and ZK, instead of standing out from the host of available lenses. The latter is especially vital when working with multiple lenses on a single camera or shooting complex scenes with multiple cameras and thus requiring different angles. Therefore finally, FUJINON offers consistency amongst lenses across the board. It also simplifies processes in the colour grading suite and contributes to the value of their whole lineup that ultimately serves as easily interchangeable.
Premista 80-250mm – Operability Features
Since the Premista 80-250mm is a top-range product, it especially gives credit to aspects of operability, among others, that many directors of photography around the world fully expect from lenses in that price category. These include a Flange Focal Distance correction function with a ring, attached to the lens barrel that effortlessly adjusts the flange focal distance. The lens also sports a long rotation of the focus ring with 280 degrees, end to end. The latter is particularly crucial for precise focusing required by the shallow-depth-of-field characteristic of large-format lenses and within cinematic environments and exigencies to focus pulling in the film industry. To supplement that, the Premista 28-100mm and 80-250 share their essential measurements such as front diameter and iris, zoom and focus control gear/ring positions. Thereby the same configuration of follow-focus and matte box among other accessories is trouble-free interchangeable.
The FUJINON Premista 80-250mm T2.9-3.5 comes with the “ZEISS eXtended Data” (firmware update required) conforming with the Cooke “/i® Technology” standard for lens communication and will be available this December.
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