Adding a third lens mount, the MFT mount, for the truly parfocal MK zooms from Fujifilm is a good sign for Blackmagic Pocket owners that high-end lenses are coming.
The original launch of the MK Zoom lenses, a pair of truly parfocal (holding focus all the way through the zoom range), affordable, lightweight "cinema" zooms, was a big deal, but they had one major frustration for many users.
In order to stay both lightweight and small, they focused on the shallower lens mounts and didn't make an EF version, which is understandable. But in that "mirrorless" lens mount arena, they only launched with an E-mount.
Clearly, they wanted to be the top lens of choice for Sony FS7 shooters, and the lens did prove popular in that arena.
Last year they wonderfully added the Fuji X mount to the lineup, and while we appreciated it, we also know that the X mount is only slowly taking off in filmmaking circles. We shoot everything on the XH1, and we saw many shooters at NAB this year with very nice X-T3 video rigs out in the field, so we know it's coming, but it's by no means the massive market of the venerable FS7, so we suspect that those numbers aren't huge, though man are we glad they did it.
The Pocket Cinema Camera uses the MFT mount, and while there are many, many still photo type lens options available in that universe, the selection of cinema lenses has been smaller. While there are more options coming, like the Foton we saw at NAB last week, we really haven't seen an explosion of lenses in that space that offers the combination of consistent repeatable focus, keeping focus through zoom, and easy adaptability with FIZ motors that filmmakers are looking for.
Fuji, two years into the lifecycle, coming out with an MFT mount for this lens feels like a nice endorsement for the Pocket Cinema camera and the volume it must be selling to make this worth the effort on the part of Fuji.
One thing to remember is that the MFT sensor size tends to be smaller, so the 18mm here won't offer as wide a field of view as you get on the roughly Super35mm sensor size you get on the X-T3 and the FS7.
However, all the perks of working with lenses designed for motion should well balance out that drawback, and perhaps bringing along a truly wide prime for when you really need that extra width could make the 18-55mm practically a "do almost everything" lens for many shooters.
Shipping soon from Fuji, at the same price as the E mount.
- 2lbs, 2.5oz, or 990 grams
- E, X and MFT mount
- T2.9 Maximum Aperture
- 18-55mm zoom range
- 200° Focus Rotation
- Optical Center remains through zoom
- 82MM filter diameter
- 85mm front diameter
- Consistent gear ring placement from lens to lens
- .8M gear tooth pitch
- 206.3mm overall lens length