Game changer: Fujifilm’s new MK 18-55mm E-mount cine lens

D-SLR and other digital cameras have risen to prominence in recent years, offering filmmakers a relatively inexpensive route to professional-quality footage.

However, the lenses used with these cameras could never match the quality of a proper cinema lens. They’re great for shooting still photos but they have limitations when it comes to shooting video. Most have an aperture that changes as you zoom and many suffer from things like focus breathing, focus- and axis-shift while zooming and focus problems in general.

The new Fujinon MK 18-55mm T2.9 is here to change all that. It’s the first cine quality lens for an E-mount camera and it delivers outstanding depth of field and bokeh, with controls like a 200° focus ring, aperture ring and zoom ring that wouldn’t be out of place on a much more expensive lens.

Contact us to find out just how amazing – and affordable – this lens is.

The range will expand when the MK 50-135mm T2.9 lens is launched later in the year, and both lenses will also soon be available in X-mount. Keep an eye on this space!

Life before GoPro

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As camera technology improves, just about any kind of shot is possible: aerial, underwater or tracking from the air with a drone.

But once upon a time, there were no drones or GoPros…

George Willis, a South African DOP now based in Canada, recently shared the pic above on Facebook.

Each camera mount was made of steel with a sprung base. On the lower front right there’s an Arri IIC with a 9,8mm Kinoptic lens; the rearward facing camera is also an Arri IIC, with an 18mm Cooke Series II lens, operated by a high-speed control behind the petrol-tank-mounted Arri BL1, similarly equipped with an 18mm Cooke Series II lens.

Tink Minster designed and made the “vibration sandwich” below the side-mounted camera. The design was so successful that it was copied and is still used around the world.

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The rig was made to shoot a 1978 documentary about motorcycle gangs, and also to shoot racing scenes for a feature film called The Fifth Season, written by Emil Nofal and directed by Gordon Vorster.

“I had to remember to turn the cameras on and off,” says Willis, who rode the Kawasaki 650 (pictured above) for the documentary. This was important because he was limited to a run time of less than three minutes before a reload!

Tink Minster used the same rig on a different race bike for the feature: “I rode the the warm-up lap in PE with the cameras rolling, then switched to my race bike and won the race!”

Wide-angle adaptor for Sony 28-135mm lens

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Schneider Optics has announced a new zoom-through wide-angle adaptor for the Sony FEPZ 28-135mm F4 lens.

It’s the right tool for shooting situations that require both a wider angle of view as well as full zooming capabilities. This professional add-on lens produces crisp, high-resolution images with low distortion, and superior contrast edge to edge. The 0.8X converter threads on to the front of the lens for 20% more coverage when set to wide-angle, telephoto or anywhere in between.

Order one from us now.

Stabilise your world with a Kenyon gyro

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US-based Kenyon Laboratories have been making gyro stabilisers for nearly 50 years. Their latest models are sleek and compact and can be used to stabilise just about any rig, from a D-SLR to a broadcast camera with a zoom lens.

There’s no software required, no calibrating, and the gyro unit is built to last a lifetime. Great for use in tight spaces, on a game-drive vehicle or up in the air, the stabiliser eliminates camera shake in stills photography and guarantees a steady shot if you’re shooting video.

Not convinced? Check out the video below of San Francisco at dawn, shot hand-held from a Robinson R22 helicopter using a Canon 6D and a Kenyon KS 4×4 gyro.

We are the agents for Kenyon Laboratories in South Africa. If you’d like a quote for any of their gyros, please contact us.

Test the new Fujinon XK6x20 lens

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The new Fujinon XK6x20 is a 4K-compatible, PL-mount, cine-style lens with T3.5 brightness across the zoom range, from 20mm to 120mm. It also comes standard with a detachable drive unit, which makes it suitable for broadcast purposes, documentary filmmakers and anyone else who needs to be nimble.

All this versatility comes at a very reasonable price for a 4K lens.

Want to take the lens for a spin? Contact The Camera Platform and we can arrange a trial of our demo unit.

021 300 1525 • 083 375 2383 • info@cameraplatform.co.za

Watch the video below to see the lens in action.