We had a chance to catch up with Thomas Fletcher of Fujinon at Cine Gear Expo 2019, where he showed us the all-new Full Format Cine Zoom Fujinon Premista T2.9.
Premista Full Format Cine Zooms will come in two different focal lengths and be released separately. In the first launch from this Series, Fujifilm releases the standard zoom lens “FUJINON Premista28-100mmT2.9” (Premista28-100mm) with the focal length range of 28-100mm in August 2019 with a retail price of $38,800.00.
The Series’ lineup will expand its focal length coverage to 28-250mm by the end of 2019 with the launch of the “FUJION Premista80-250mmT2.9-T3.5” (Premista80-250mm) telephoto zoom lens with the focal length range of 80-250mm will be available by end of 2019 and will retail for $39,800.
Both Premista lenses support “Zeiss eXtended Data”.
Beyond seeing the lens in person, Fletcher informed shared that Fujinon contracted Tobias Schliessler, ASC, to shoot a short film that demonstrates the characteristics of the lens under a variety of lighting conditions.
New Premista Series offers a lineup of zoom cinema lenses that support a large format sensor. Featuring large-diameter aspherical lens elements and newly-developed focusing/zooming system, the lenses achieve an astonishing level of edge-to-edge resolution. The use of 13-blade iris design and shallow depth-of-field which is a characteristic of large format sensors produces natural and beautiful bokeh to faithfully capture the subject’s texture, three-dimensional definition and even a sense of atmosphere at the site. Furthermore, the Series applies Fujifilm’s unique optical design to minimize ghosts and flares, thereby creating rich gradation with HDR. Mechanical design built with Fujifilm’s simulation technology, nurtured over many years, is coupled with production technology that can assemble parts processed in the order of microns at high precision, to produce a compact and lightweight body with advanced robustness, withstanding harsh filming conditions in professional video production. In addition, the focus ring can be rotated as much as 280 degrees and delivers perfect operability with a smooth torque when rotated to enable precise focusing.
In the first launch from this Series, in August 2019, Fujifilm releases the standard zoom lens Premista28-100mm that gives the T-stop value of 2.9** across its focal length range of 28-100mm. This lens caters to filming in a variety of situations, covering the focal lengths of six most-frequently-used prime lenses***. The telephoto zoom lens Premista80-250mm with the focal length range of 80-250mm at the T-value range of 2.9-3.5 will join the lineup by the end of 2019, further broadening filming versatility by covering the useful range of 28-250mm in focal lengths.
The Series combines large-diameter aspherical lens elements, processed to ultimate precision, with the newly-developed focusing/zooming system to achieve low distortion*4 and color aberration. The lenses have the ability to achieve an astonishing level of edge-to-edge resolution, regardless of the distance from the subject or zoom position, delivering footage of impressive sharpness and clarity.
This is the first FUJINON cinema lens series to adopt a 13-blade iris design to form a near-perfect circle. When combined with large format sensors’ characteristically shallow depth-of-field, the lenses create a natural and beautiful bokeh.
Fujifilm’s unique optical design effectively mitigates ghosts and flares to produce video of rich gradation with high dynamic range.
The Premista lenses produce video in natural color tones, popular with the HK / ZK / XK / MK Series of cinema lenses. Consistency in color design with the current lineup of lenses simplifies color grading*5, required when using multiple lenses.
Mechanical design built with Fujifilm’s simulation technology, nurtured over many years, is coupled with production technology that can assemble parts processed in the order of microns at high precision, to produce a compact and lightweight body with advanced robustness, withstanding harsh filming conditions in professional video production.
The focus ring can be rotated as much as 280 degrees, and gives a sensation of smooth torque when rotated to enable precise focusing.
The gear pitch*6 for the operation rings for focusing, zooming and iris is 0.8M (module), the same as existing FUJINON cinema lenses. The lenses can also be used with standard peripheral accessories, essential for video production, such as Follow Focus for accurate and smooth focusing and remote lens control system for remotely operating rings.
To find out more about Fujinon Premista, go to their website at fujinoncinelens.com