InCinematographer - Issue 2 - September 2017 - 14
www.incinematographer.com | Issue 2 | September 2017
Stature Films Takes Delivery
of First MK50-135mm
Combined focal range and performance of earlier model MK zooms prompt decision from Toronto-based
independent production house...
he first North American customer for FUJIFILM's
recently released FUJINON MK50-135mm T2.9
zoom is Stature Films.
The Toronto-based company, best known for
its commercial and documentary production, was
an early adopter of the first in the MK Series - the
MK18-55mm - purchasing two shortly after the lens'
introduction last February. Stature Films now boasts
having the first MK50-135mm in North America.
"We bought two MK18-55's as soon as we heard
about them," said Andrew Sorlie, Creative Director,
Stature Films. "Immediately our previous DSLR
lenses started collecting dust. We couldn't be happier
with the 18-55's performance. We love the richness
they bring to our images, and a huge plus is the
fact that they don't breathe. So, when we heard
the MK50's were available, we didn't hesitate for a
second. Given the combined range of 18-135mm and
their performance, we knew we'd be able to cover
everything we need - wide angles, tight close ups,
two-shots - with ease and style. And with just two
lenses. We can't wait to get out in the field and use
this new glass on our next project."
First on the docket for the new MK50-135 is a shoot
in the province of New Brunswick for a national ad
campaign for the New Brunswick Department of
Tourism. Stature Films is also in pre-production on
its third feature-length documentary.
Stature Films purchased the MK50-135mm through
its local dealer, HDSource as part of a series of
upcoming "Lunch & Learn Lenses" events, FUJIFILM
recently conducted a hands-on demo of the MK-50135mm at HDSource.
The entire "MK" series is designed with the
'emerging' cinematographer in mind, whether
shooting a live event, online programming,
independent or short film production.
Stature Films shooting
in New Brunswick with
FUJINON MK50-135mm lens
"MK" lenses are currently designed for E-mount
cameras and boast advanced optical performance,
ultra-compact and lightweight design, as well as
superb cost performance.
With a combined focal length range of 18mm135mm, together the MK18-55mm and 50-135mm
lenses cover the most frequently used range utilized
by emerging cinematographers.
The series offers fast lenses with T2.9 speed
across the entire zoom range, enabling a shallow
Like the MK18-55, the MK50-135 weighs in at a light
980g /2.16lbs with front diameters of 85mm and
lengths of 206mm. The MK50-135mm's minimum
object distance (MOD) is
MK offers T2.9
speed across the 1.2m/3.93 feet. In addition to
zoom range their lightweight and compact
build, the "MK" lenses are
purpose-built for the operator.
Only one matte box and
one filter size are needed
between the lenses. Timesaving features include a
macro function that allows for
a broader range of close-up
shooting, and gears for the
three rings are positioned in
the exact same place, which
eliminates the need to reposition accessories when
"Immediately our previous DSLR lenses
started collecting dust. We couldn't be
happier with the 18-55's performance"
Andrew Sorlie, Stature Films
The "MK" lenses are compatible with E-mount
cameras with the Super 35mm/ APS-C sensor.
X Mount versions of the MK lenses (with focal
lengths of 18-55mm and 50-135mm) used in the
FUJIFILM X Series line of digital cameras (with APS-C
sensors) are being developed for launch by the end
of this year.
The MK50-135mm lens is now available.
See the MK Lenses on Trial
Footage shot by London-based DP Philip Bloom,
using the Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 lens has been
posted online. Additionally, Bloom has posted some
behind-the-scenes commentary discussing both the
MK18-55mm T2.9 and MK50-135mm T2.9 lenses.