Throughout IBC 2023, we caught up with Makoto Oishi-San from FUJINON to seek out out extra about their recently-introduced Duvo HZK24-300mm in addition to their freshly-announced Duvo HZK14-100mm PL mount zoom lenses. Each lenses are nonetheless of their improvement stage however purpose to cowl a really particular place within the market. Let’s have a look!
In October final yr, FUJINON introduced the arrival of the Duvo HZK25-1000mm f/2.8-5.0, a large broadcast field lens that includes a PL mount. We had the possibility to speak about it instantly with FUJINON throughout Inter Bee 2022 (interview right here), earlier than the lens was formally launched in March 2023 for $265,000.
Then, in the beginning of this yr, the corporate disclosed the complete lens roadmap for the Duvo HZK collection, stating that two light-weight, extensive, and commonplace zoom lenses would observe. Certainly, the event of the “commonplace” Duvo HZK24-300mm was introduced only a few days in the past, whereas, on the present ground at IBC 2023, we are actually studying that its “extensive” sibling would be the Duvo HZK14-100mm.
FUJINON Duvo HZK24-300mm and HZK14-100mm – sneak peek
Beginning with the Duvo HZK24-300mm T2.9-4.2, there are actually different lenses in the marketplace providing the same zoom vary. For instance, FUJINON’s personal ZK25-300mm Cabrio and Canon’s CN-E 30-300mm are among the many first few lenses that come to thoughts.
Nevertheless, what units the Duvo HZK24-300mm aside is its portability. Certainly, FUJINON appears to have discovered an optical formulation to make this lens extraordinarily light-weight (2.95kg/4.4lbs) and compact. The lens is 27cm/10.6” lengthy and has an industry-standard entrance diameter of 114mm. That is fairly outstanding, particularly contemplating the spectacular 12.5x zoom ratio.
One other attention-grabbing design alternative is the adoption of a cinema-standard PL mount. As Makoto Oishi-San clearly factors out, the lens shouldn’t be solely aimed on the broadcast market however was designed that can assist you obtain “cinematic expression”.
Identical to the HZK25-1000mm, the 24-300mm is designed to cowl Super35mm sensors however has a 1.5x built-in expander to allow full-frame protection. Moreover, the lens has a servo zoom drive motor and 0.8MOD FIZ gears for lens equipment.
Shifting on to the HZK14-100mm, this has actually simply been introduced at IBC 2023. There isn’t a lot official details about it, but it surely’s spectacular to see that – as soon as accomplished – the Duvo HZK collection will cowl a 14-1000mm focal vary.
Value and availability
Sadly, there’s at present no official data relating to the worth and availability of the upcoming FUJINON Duvo HZK24-300mm and HZK14-100mm transportable zoom lenses.
The merchandise on show at IBC are literally mock-ups, and the corporate remains to be creating working prototypes. Nevertheless, in keeping with their roadmap, they need to grow to be accessible within the first and second half of 2024, respectively.
For extra data, please go to FUJINON’s web site right here.
What do you consider the FUJINON Duvo zoom lens collection? Have you ever had an opportunity to get your arms on the uncommon HZK25-1000mm? Tell us your ideas within the remark part beneath!