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Compact Fujinon GF 50mm f/3.5 makes the GFX 50R a sleek street shooter

Compact Fujinon GF 50mm f/3.5 makes the GFX 50R a sleek street shooter
(Image credit: Fujifilm)

Fujifilm has announced the smallest and lightest lens in the medium format GFX system range, the Fujinon GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR. 

Weighing a slight 335g and measuring a svelte 84mm x 48mm, it makes a great optic for both street and travel photography. 

Indeed, pairing the compact Fujinon GF 50mm f/3.5 with the similarly compact Fujifilm GFX 50R produces a combination that weighs just 1,110g – making this a mobile medium format machine that's ideal for imaging on the go. 

With the crop factor of Fujfilm's medium format cameras, the lens has an effective focal length of 40mm – again, this standard field of view  speaks to the lens' suitability for street photography and all-purpose shooting. 

The GF 50mm f/3.5 is the tenth entry in Fujifilm's GF line – the manufacturer's highest quality lenses, produced with the same expertise as the Fujinon optics intended for broadcast use. 

The Fujinon GF 50mm f/3.5 is the smallest and lightest lens in the medium format GFX range

The Fujinon GF 50mm f/3.5 is the smallest and lightest lens in the medium format GFX range (Image credit: Fujifilm)

The lens is dust and weather resistant, capable of operating in challenging conditions down to -10°C / 14°F, and boasts 9 elements (including 1 aspherical) in 6 groups. 

It also features 9 aperture blades for pleasing bokeh and, with the GFX' crop factor giving it an effective depth of field of f/2.8, the lens has the ability to render soft out-of-focus backgrounds for portraiture. 

In addition, the lens possesses very low breathing that makes it suitable for filming video footage – something that should make it an appealing option for owners of the Fujifilm GFX 100, which offers impressive and uncropped 4K video. 

The Fujinon GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR will be available from mid-September at a cost of £949 / $999.95.

Read more:

Fujifilm GFX 50R review
Fujifilm GFX 100 review
Fujifilm adds three new GFX lenses to roadmap

James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James started working in the photographic industry in 2014 as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy – successor to David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus. In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus. An Olympus and Canon user, James was previously technique editor on PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine.