To quote our very own YouTuber Gareth Evans, what a time… to be a GFX creator. Not only has Fujifilm launched the flagship GFX 100 II camera, but it is accompanied by three completely new G Mount lenses.
It’s no coincidence of course, as many users of professional Fujifilm medium format cameras were ready for specialist tilt shift lenses, which arrive in two different guises. As well as these, a new standard focal width GF 55mm f/1.7 prime lens has launched, which boasts a bright aperture and is the first model in the range with 11 diaphragm blades, for even smoother bokeh.
Discover everything you need to know about the 3 Fujifilm GF lenses launch so that you can decide which are perfect for your needs.
In September 2023 Fuji introduced two new T/S lenses for medium format GFX system cameras. These are a wide angle Fujifilm GF 30mm f/5.6 Tilt Shift Lens equivalent to 24mm and the Fujifilm GF 110mm f/5.6 Tilt Shift Macro Lens, which is equivalent to 87mm in full-frame.
Primarily, tilt shift lenses are used to control the focal plane, enabling the photographer to achieve a greater depth of field at wider apertures, whilst maintaining perspective distortion, even when the camera is at an angle. By adjusting the plane of focus you can achieve finished results without cropping or correcting perspective in post.
Many photographers also use a tilt shift lens to create optical illusions with exaggerated planes of focus for miniature-type effects. Others will shoot panoramas, which can be made in either horizontal or vertical planes, by simply adjusting the shift, in order to capture a far wider field of view, without distorting the plane of focus.
Because of these attributes, tilt shift lenses are used to capture:
The GF 30mm f/5.6 T/S Lens costs £4000, while the GF 110mm f/5.6 T/S Macro Lens is priced at £3500. Whilst this may seem expensive it is comparable to other medium format lenses, and they produce extremely high-end results, render 100+ megapixels and offer more.
With an equivalent 24mm focal width (35mm format) the wide angle T/S from Fujifilm will likely be popular with photographers who capture architecture and real estate, interiors and landscapes. The lens provides features the following attributes in order to achieve high-quality results:
The GF110mm F5.6 T/S Macro is a mid-telephoto tilt shift macro lens with 0.5x maximum magnification for half-sized close-up images (1:2). A high-quality optical design suppresses many types of aberrations, making it well suited to product photography and commercial, still life and fine art image making. Key features include:
Fuji has released a new Fujifilm GF 55mm f/1.7 R WR prime lens, with an equivalent focal width of 44mm (full-frame), which provides a field of view that is very close to the human eye. It has a bright aperture with an 11-bladed design – a first for GF lenses.
This makes an ideal candidate for everyday snapshots, portraits, street photography, and any subject-driven style of photography that warrants tack sharp subjects and beautifully soft backgrounds. Due to its focal width, the lens corresponds to the GFX sensor diagonal length, which provides an intuitive way to compose images.
Key features include:
All three models benefit from extremely high-quality optical designs, which not only render the high resolutions required by Fujifilm’s large sensor designs, but also control image distortion and various aberrations and artefacts.
What’s more, Fujifilm has achieved this while keeping the sizes relatively compact and lightweight in comparison to equivalent DSLR lenses. When combined with incredible sensor-shift image stabilisation these lenses provide the opportunity to shoot medium format image quality even while handholding, and remaining responsive to dynamic situations.
Of course, many photographers will opt for a tripod with the T/S lenses, in order to secure the final result, especially when making use of Multi Shot Mode and creating giant sized prints from 400 megapixel images.
Discover which other GFX lenses are being developed in our Fujifilm G Mount Lens Roadmap, with new models underway for professionals and serious enthusiasts who have adopted the system. You can also find inspiration for your own work at World X-Photographers, which showcases some of the best brand ambassador images from around the world.
Browse our range of Fujifilm Medium Format Lenses today and discover around 20 models now available for medium format photographers and content creators who demand the highest possible image quality.
By Nick Dautlich on 12/09/2023
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