Fuji’s NEW HZK25-1000mm F2.8-F5.0 PL MOUNT BOX LENSBy Bokeh Rentals | February 11th, 2023
HZK25-1000mm F2.8-F5.0 PL Mount Box LensAt an open house in New York on December 14, FUJINON debuted the HZK25-1000mm F2.8-F5.0 PL Mount Box Lens on a Sony VENICE 2. Dubbed a "box lens," the product is designed for multi-camera concerts, events, broadcast, and sports and is expected to be used extensively in the film industry for commercials, sports, stunts, car spots, and feature films. The lens boasts several unique features, including automatic breathing compensation, which adjusts its focal length in sync with focusing, PL Mount, and Super35 format with a built-in 1.5x internal expander to cover full frame sensors. It also has Automatic Restoration of Illumination Attenuation and automatic lens chromatic aberration correction, both of which only work with the SONY HDC-F5500 currently. With its incredibly long zoom range and wide aperture, the FUJINON 25-1000 is designed to deliver high-quality and optical performance on par with the company's highly regarded Premier Series. The lens has a wide F2.8 aperture at its shortest focal length, allowing for low-light filming and delivering beautiful bokeh and a cinematic look. Fujifilm's advanced optical technology, including the use of aspherical and fluorite lens elements, helps to suppress aberrations and produce sharp images with minimal ghosting, flares, and color fringing. The lens is also designed to be easy to use and has optical image stabilization, which compensates for vibrations and ensures stable shooting. Its unique box shape allows for the use of optical elements with larger diameters than traditional barrel-style lenses. The HZK25-1000 is expected to be available in Spring 2023 and will be demonstrated in various locations until then. Camera crews can use wireless FIZ lens controllers from Preston Cinema Systems and ARRI to control the lens.
DUAL FORMAT SYSTEM'The HZK25-1000 is a versatile lens that boasts a dual-format system, allowing it to support both large format and super 35mm sensors. This means that photographers can achieve the same field of view on both types of sensors, making it a convenient tool for a variety of shooting scenarios. To use the lens on full frame sensors, it's necessary to attach the 1.5x expander, which expands the lens's capabilities even further. With the expander, photographers can capture images with a focal length of 1500mm, and when used in conjunction with a large format sensor, the lens offers optimal optical performance while providing a field of view similar to that of a super 35mm sensor. The HZK25-1000 is designed to cover image circles of 28.5mm and 41.3mm across its zoom range, depending on the type of camera sensor it's paired with. When used with a Super 35mm sensor, it covers an image circle of 28.5mm, and when paired with a full frame sensor equivalent to 35mm, it covers an image circle of 41.3mm.
OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZATIONThe HZK25-1000 lens is a groundbreaking product as it is the first box-type zoom lens that is compatible with large format sensors and features optical image stabilization. This lens is equipped with the latest anti-vibration mechanism, which includes Fujifilm's innovative ceramic ball roller system. This system provides exceptional anti-vibration protection against external sources of shake, such as wind or foot movements, and also reduces hand shake to ensure stable image capture.
The HZK25-1000 lens is designed with advanced optical technology that helps minimize aberrations. It features a large-aperture aspherical lens and a polished fluorite lens to eliminate ghosting, flare, and color fringes, ensuring high image quality. The lens has been fine-tuned for out-of-focus bokeh through simulations using Fujifilm's FOCUS (Fujifilm Optical Class Library and Utilities System) software. This software determines the best glass materials for each layer to achieve a natural and soft bokeh. The lens is also compatible with live broadcasting setups, as it can be used with existing FUJINON box lens accessories and even with wireless controllers from Preston Cinema and ARRI. In addition to its optical stability, the HZK25-1000 includes state-of-the-art features like Automatic Restoration of Illumination Attenuation (ARIA), Remote Back-Focus, and Automatic Chromatic Aberration Correction, which are now standard in many Fujifilm's FUJINON broadcast lenses.
THE BOTTOM LINEThe HZK25-1000 lens is a versatile lens that can be used in a variety of situations. It is a dual-format lens that is compatible with both large format and super 35mm sensors, which means it can provide a consistent field of view for shooting in different sensor sizes. The lens is also equipped with a 1.5x extender, which allows for capturing images at 1500mm. With its anti-vibration mechanism and optical image stabilization, the lens helps ensure stable image capture and reduces the impact of shaking caused by footsteps or wind. Additionally, the HZK25-1000 features advanced optical technology to suppress aberrations and produce high-quality images with minimal ghosting, flare, or color fringe. The out-of-focus bokeh is also optimized through repeated simulations, which results in a soft and natural background. The lens is also designed with live broadcasting in mind and is compatible with a range of accessories, including wireless controllers from Preston Cinema and ARRI. The lens is equipped with various technologies such as Automatic Restoration of Illumination Attenuation (ARIA), Remote Back-Focus, and Automatic Chromatic Aberration Correction, which are now standard in many of Fujifilm's FUJINON broadcast lenses. Overall, the HZK25-1000 lens is a good choice for those who need a versatile and high-performing lens for live broadcasting, videography, and photography.
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