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Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 Lens (MFT Mount)

BH #FUMK1855M43 • MFR #MK18-55MM T2.9 M4/3
Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 Lens (MFT Mount)
Key Features
  • Covers Super 35 Format
  • MFT Mount
  • Consistent T2.9 Aperture over Zoom Range
  • 3 x Standard 0.8 MOD Gears
The Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 Lens is a lightweight cine-style zoom lens for MFT mount cameras with a Super 35mm-sized sensor. It features a mechanical design with three independent lens control rings: focus, iris, and zoom. Each ring incorporates a cine-style gear with a 0.8 MOD for interfacing with standard cine-style lens accessories. The focus ring features approximately 200° of rotation, which provides room for precise focus pulls, and the iris is clickless, enabling smooth iris pulls. The lens also incorporates a macro mode for close focusing capabilities.
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Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 Overview

The Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 Lens is a lightweight cine-style zoom lens for MFT mount cameras with a Super 35mm-sized sensor. It features a mechanical design with three independent lens control rings: focus, iris, and zoom. Each ring incorporates a cine-style gear with a 0.8 MOD for interfacing with standard cine-style lens accessories. The focus ring features approximately 200° of rotation, which provides room for precise focus pulls, and the iris is clickless, enabling smooth iris pulls. The lens also incorporates a macro mode for close focusing capabilities.

The lens is color matched to other Fujinon lenses such as the HK, ZK, and XK series, which enables smooth intercutting between lenses. The 85mm front thread enables use with many cine-style matte boxes via use of optional step-up rings (rings not included). The lens weighs only 2.16 pounds, which is fairly light for a cinema zoom that holds focus and aperture throughout the focal length range. It is designed for camera's with an MFT mount, so it has a short flange focal distance, but the lens allows for flange focal distance adjustment so you can fine tune it to the camera you are using the lens on.

T2.9 to T22 aperture with nine iris blades for attractive bokeh
The 28.5mm diameter image circle covers the 3-perf Super 35 format with a 16:9 aspect ratio
Industry standard 0.8 film pitch gears for focus, zoom, and iris control
The gear rings positions for focus, zoom, and iris are located at the same position on lenses in the MK series, making switching between the zooms quick as you don't have to adjust the position of lens accessories
Lenses in the MK series have the same weight and length so there is no need to rebalance your camera when you change from one lens to the other
200° focus barrel rotation
No shims are required to adjust the flange focal distance as this lens has a built-in adjustment mechanism
Macro focus function available

Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 Specs

Focal Length18 to 55mm
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Lens Format CoverageMFT
Image Circle28.5 mm
Maximum ApertureT2.9
Minimum ApertureT22
Minimum Focus DistanceFrom : 2.8' / 0.9 m
Diaphragm Blades9
Gear MOD & PitchFocus: 0.8 MOD / 32 Pitch
Zoom: 0.8 MOD / 32 Pitch
Iris: 0.8 MOD / 32 Pitch
Front Diameter85 mm
Filter Thread82 mm
Focus ScalesMetric, Imperial
Focus Rotation200°
Zoom RatioNone
Image StabilizationNo
Lens SupportLens Support Foot
Length8.12" / 20.62 cm
Weight2.16 lb / 980 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13 x 7.25 x 6.5"

Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 Reviews

Excellent Lens for Super35 sensor

By Steven
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-07

After using this for a few months, I can say that it was well worth the purchase. Very sharp, good color and contrast, and good separation from the background. I rarely need the zoom capability (but I do need the ability to change focal length quickly), but when I do, it has to be good - this lens stays in focus throughout the zoom. The 200 focus throw makes nailing the focus very easy. Yes, it's plastic but that is the point. It's pointless to compare this to high-end zoom like Angenieux, Arri, Zeiss, etc. Fujifilm intended to make an affordable cinema zoom, addressing the market where DSLR lenses tend to be used. They used their Cabrio line as a performance reference point, and they really delivered. I most often use this in the studio with a teleprompter, and it is a breeze. I pair this lens with my Sony FS5 - a perfect match for what I do. You really do get high-performance with low-cost.

amazing lens

By vic
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-09

incredibly sharp for a zoom, very nice bokeh and parfocal. i used it for a network documentary shoot in 4K. LOVED it!

The Only Lens You Need for Pocket4K or GH5

By Boone
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-16

I just received my 18-55 and promptly put it to use on an 8 day studio/location shoot. I really love it and now I'm selling off other lenses. The 35-105mm FFE range on a MFT sensor is amazing. I can shoot almost everything on that range in studio or for doc work. The only watchout is flaring. Beautiful when you want it, but you better have a mattebox for when you don't. The lens hood doesn't help much. The be exact, I don't think it really flares, it's actually veiling instead of lots of little circular flares. Now if they would come out with a Canon mount version, I'd buy both instantly to use with a C300, C200, or Ursa.

Amazing Lens

By Emerson
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-08-11

Amazing

Top-notch cine zoom

By Jason
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-25

I've used this lens on a variety of shoots, and it's incredible. Very lightweight. Relatively low profile. Very smooth focusing with zero breathing. Some people have bashed it for being a T2.9. If there's a person in the world who can run-and-gun a doc shoot at T1.4 without a focus puller, AC, etc., then I want to meet that person post-haste and get some tips. For the rest of us mortals, T2.9 will do just fine. Especially if you're filming with an Fs5 or 7, which are already great in low light as it is. I always love the question in Q&A's, How did you make it so both people are in focus at the same time. Try stopping down to 4.5 or 5.6. That's where this lens gets awesomely sharp, and pulling focus is a total breeze as a one-man-band. It's not for everyone. It's definitely a lower-contrast lens, a look that I happen to like, but looks different than Zeiss CP glass (or the 21-100 Zeiss zoom). The bokeh is beautiful on the MK. Even though having to change lenses (and buy the other) is a bit inconvenient, they're par focal, which makes things easier, and they're extremely light-weight, but seem to have good build quality. I rented, didn't purchase, so it's hard for me to comment on long-term durability. For what I do, higher-end documentary features and shorts, this lens is perfect.

Fantastic entry level cine zoom

By Javier
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-03-18

Ive had this lens for a couple weeks and so far so good!  Its gearing is a bit torque heavy than expected but I guess I prefer this to no torque since the focus pulls and zooms will be less whip lash fast on the types of projects I will be using this lens on.  Otherwise, I love the feel of the barrel, the 2 lbs / 1kg is light and even wide open at t2.9 the images are perfectly usable. I will mostly ride this at T4 though.  Love having the clickless aperture and its parfocal ability. I can confirm that the breathing is minimal, specially compared to still lenses.  A winner through and through. If your an owner operator using the Sony ecosystem, then invest in this lens!

not pro build quality; and expensive repair

By Nicholas
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-19

It's no beauty, but it's small, light, has a clean look and works really well for doc and reality work. But after four years, it developed a back focus issue that's ... yikes! ... $800 (plus tax and shipping) to repair, with no offer by Fujinon to cover any of it. I've been in this biz for a long, long time and I know how to care for gear. For a lens that didn't see much run-and-gun work and spent most of its life in a posh peli penthouse and occasional studio and indoor location work, I expected better. I'd consider this a consumer lens that's not ready for professional use.

Exactly what I expected

By Dayne
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-11

I bought both the 18-55 and the 50-135. I got exactly what i paid for and I am pleased. They are both excellent lenses, they have their shortcomings but they aren't $14k Angenieux lenses either. They are great budget lenses that give expected results.

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