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
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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

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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.

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