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Fujifilm continues to build out mirrorless medium format GFX system with lenses, accessories

Create: 04/22/2017 - 15:10
Fujifilm GF 23mm and 110mm lenses and body

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Two more lenses – 23mm and 110mm – to be available in June 2017
  • Imminent firmware update to add features, improve performance
  • Fujifilm adds a telephoto lens, teleconverter to future products

Fujfilm has announced the next two lenses for its mirrorless GFX system – the GF f/2.0 110mm R LM WR and the GF f/4.0 23mm R LM WR. Meanwhile, the company also said it would release a firmware update soon to impove camera functions in several ways.

When Fujifilm revealed the GFX system in late 2016, it said there would be six GF-mount lenses in addition to the GFX 50S body, which has a 51.4-MP CMOS sensor. With the three lenses available with the release of the camera, things brings to five the number of optics that can be purchased. Fujifilm said the f/2.8 45mm lens will be brought to the market later this year.

All of the lenses are autofocus, are weather resistant and have aperture rings. The two new lenses are expected to be available in late June 2017.

GF f/4.0 23mm R LM WR, US$2,599.95 and C$3,399.99

The GF f/4.0 23mm R LM WR falls into the superwide angle category and provides an 18mm full-frame equivalent view in 35mm terms. This makes it a good choice for landscape and architectural work, as well as other photography.

There are 15 elements in 12 groups, including two aspherical, one Super ED (extra low-dispersion) and three ED elements. There are nine blades in the aperture, which can be adjusted in 1/3-stop increments.

Fujifilm said it sought to create a lens with minimal geometric distortion, meaning that straight lines will remain straight, and with corner to corner sharpness.

The close-focus distance of the GF 23mm is about 15 inches (38cm), which can allow a photographer to create very unique images. This lens uses an inner autofocus structure and linear motor for fast, quiet focusing

The lens is 3.5 x 4.1 inches (89.8 x 103mm) and weighs 30 ounces (845 grams).

GF f/2.0 110mm R LM WR, US$2,799.95 and C$3,599.99

With a 35mm full-frame equivalent field of view of 87mm, this short telephooto could be considered a high-speed portrait lens.

The GF 110mm uses 14 elements in nine groups and includes four extra low-dispersion elements. There are nine blades in the aperture, which can be adjusted in 1/3-stop increments.

The close-focus distance is just under three feet (0.9 meters).

Fujifilm says the fast f/2.0 maximum aperture and the circular aperture will create pleasing bokeh, which is the out-of-focus areas of the photo.

This lens uses an inner autofocus structure and linear motor for fast, quiet focusing.

The lens is 3.7 x 4.9 inches (94.3 x 125.5mm) and weighs 36 ounces (1,010 grams).

View Camera Adapter G, US$399

Fujifilm said the View Camera Adapter G will be available in June 2017. This allows the Fujifilm GFX 50S body to be mounted to a 4x5 view camera, replacing the film holder and ground glass. This permits the use of view camera lenses with the GFX 50S body. The image circle, of course, is much larger than the GFX 50S sensor, but this setup allows the photographer to take advantage of a view camera’s movements.

Firmware Update Expected Spring 2017

Fujifilm says it is preparing a free firmware udpate for the GFX 50S body. The update improves the camera’s usability and adds some features, including computer tethering via WiFi. The update also will improve exposure compensation and autofocus performance in certain situations. The firmware update is expected to be made available before summer 2017.

GFX System Roadmap Updated

Fujifilm said it also will be adding another telephoto lens, as well as a teleconverter, to its planned lineup. Fujfilm said the addition of a telephoto lens is based on customer demand.

About the Author

Mike Elek is a longtime journalist and was one of the original editors for The Wall Street Journal Online. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Vineland, N.J.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New York City; and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He shoots with film and digital cameras.