Fujinon’s “most interesting new lens” at BVE will be the A21x7.8 BERM/BERD, which “is a top quality, lightweight telephoto zoom,” said Stefan Czich of Fujinon distributor Pyser-SGI.
“This new lens is in the same size and weight category as a standard 17/18:1 lens. This means that you can use smaller filters. The lens is around 1.5cm shorter and 400g lighter than traditional 22/23:1 lenses.”
He believes it is “ideally suited to news gathering or sports production where the combination of a long reach and lightweight body make for an easier working day.”
Its focal length is 7.8-164mm (plus a 2x extender), with a maximum aperture of f1.8 (7.8-109mm) to f2.7 (at 164mm), and minimum object distance of 85cm. The four different versions (depending on servo drive unit) weigh from 1.61kg to 1.74kg.
Also new is the 1.97kg HA18x5.5 2/3-inch lens, which covers 5.5mm to 100mm and uses high-precision large-diameter aspheric elements, designed with Fujifilm’s proprietary optical simulation technology, which is claimed to achieve sharpness at the centre as well as all corners for edge-to-edge image quality.
The lens has a close focus distance of 40cm, and its 2x extender brings the focal length to 200mm. “With the combination of wide angle performance and telephoto reach this could be the ultimate news lens,” said Czich.
Fujinon’s latest PL-mount Cabrio lens is the ZK12x25, covering the most frequently used 25mm wide angle to 300mm, with three moving-zoom lens groups to minimise aberration fluctuation during zooming, control image distortion across the zoom range, and deliver edge-to-edge sharpness. Its Macro function focuses as close as 59cm.