Fujifilm adds a new Fujinon GF30mmF3.5 R WR lens to its medium format lens line-up

Fujinon GF30mmF3.5 R WR
(Image credit: Fujifilm)

The new Fujinon GF30mmF3.5 R WR offers an effective focal length of 24mm (full frame equivalent) and fits in between the existing GF23mmF4 R LM WR (18mm equivalent) and GF45mmF2.8 R WR (36mm equivalent) in the Fujifilm medium format lens range.

Fujifilm has been quick to commit to a full range range of lenses for its GFX cameras, and the launch of the Fujinon GF30mmF3.5 R WR is another milestone in the development of what is now a pretty formidable system. For example, there are now more native GFX lenses than there are own-brand lenses for Panasonic’s Lumix S cameras and Canon’s EOS M mirrorless models.

The new lens is designed to be light in weight and compact enough to balance well on Fujifilm’s GFX bodies as a general walk-around wide-angle lens. It’s 99.4mm long and weighs just 510g and has the same unusual tapered profile as some of Fujifilm's APS-C C-mount primes, such as the XF50mm f/2.

The new Fujinon GF30mmF3.5 R WR is not as small as the GF50mm f/3.5, but it's very light for a medium format lens. (Image credit: Fujifilm)

Fujinon GF30mmF3.5 R WR specifications

The optical design for the new lens consists of 13 elements in 10 groups, a sophisticated layout for a prime lens, and one which Fujifilm promises will deliver ‘astonishing’ detail and excellent portability. The design includes two aspherical elements and two ED elements, positioned to control distortion and provide edge to edge sharpness suitable for the flagship 100MP GFX 100 model.

The Fujinon GF30mmF3.5 R WR has an internal focus system so that the lens does not change length as it focuses. It’s also designed to be fast and silent, and with ‘focus breathing’ of just 0.05%, all qualities which make it well suited to video as well as stills photography.

It’s also weather sealed at nine locations two make it dust and weather resistant and usable in temperatures down to -10 centigrade.

(Image credit: Fujifilm)

Price and availability

The Fujinon GF30mmF3.5 R WR will go on sale on July 30 2020 at an expected retail price of $1,699.95 / £1,649 / AU$2,799.

 •Pre-order the Fujinon GF30mmF3.5 R WR at B&H Photo

Pre-order the Fujinon GF30mmF3.5 R WR at Wex Photo Video

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com