The race is on. As sensor sizes continue to expand, especially in the case of the newly announced ARRI Mini LF, lens manufacturers are working hard to stay ahead of the curve and provide cine lenses that cover large format cameras. With NAB on the horizon, FUJIFILM and FUJINON just announced the Premista 28-100mm T2.9 and 80-250mm T2.9-3.5. Details below:
The Premista 28-100mm (shown below) has a consistence speed of T2.9 throughout the zoom range, but FUJINON says the 80-250mm stays at T2.9 until about 200mm and then slowly ramps to T3.5. While a constant aperture would certainly be preferred, the wide range of 80-250mm is a bonus. Consistent with past FUJINON zooms, both lenses will be available in PL mount. In the past, companies like Duclos Lenses have converted PL FUJINON zooms to an EF mount, so that may be possible again here in the future.
FUJINON lists both lenses as supporting up-to a 46.3mm image circle (diagonal) without vignetting. This covers all current large format digital cameras such as the RED Monstro with the exception of the ARRI Alexa 65 (54.12 mm x 25.58).
Pricing and availability:
The FUJINON Premista 28-100mm T2.9 is expected to ship over the summer with the 80-250mm T2.9-3.5 landing “before the end of 2019”. Pricing is currently set to $38,800 and $39,800 respectively. We are planning on going hands on with both lenses at NAB so stay tuned for updates.
What do you think? As this is the beginning of a new era for FUJINON, would you like to see them enhancing the more affordable MK lenses line with lenses covering large format sensors too? Please share with us your thoughts in the comment section below.