Fujifilm announces Fujinon GF 45-100mm f/4 R LM OIS WR for GFX cameras

Fujifilm announces Fujinon GF 45-100mm f/4 R LM OIS WR for GFX cameras
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Fujifilm has announced the Fujinon GF 45-100mm f/4 R LM OIS WR, bringing a medium-range zoom lens to its medium format GFX cameras - the GFX 50R (opens in new tab), GFX 50S (opens in new tab), and GFX 100 (opens in new tab).

The high performance optic – with an equivalent 36-79mm range in 35mm terms – serves a broadly similar function to the standard 24-70mm zooms seen for full-frame cameras. So the Fujinon GF 45-100mm f/4 R LM OIS WR affords GFX users a versatile lens for landscapes, nature, street and portrait photography. 

While it's hardly a small lens in conventional terms, it's compact for a medium format zoom at 144.5mm long with a 93mm diameter, and weighs a comparatively svelte 1,005g. 

That kilogram of weight accounts for a whole lot of glass: 16 elements in 12 groups, to be precise, 3 of which are aspherical elements with a Super ED and an ED element to suppress spherical aberration, curvature and chromatic aberration. The lens is also weather sealed and operates down to -10°C / 14°F. 

The Fujinon GF 45-100mm f/4 R LM OIS WR bestows 5 stops of stabilization upon Fujifilm's 50MP cameras (Image credit: Fujifilm)
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Pleasingly, the Fujinon GF 45-100mm f/4 R LM OIS WR is equipped with optical image stabilization good for five stops of stability – very welcome at the longer end, and especially when shooting handheld or with slower shutter speeds to make the most of the f/4 aperture. 

 Fujifilm also promises fast and near-silent AF, thanks to an internal focusing system that reduces the size and weight of the focusing group, driven by a linear motor for quick, quiet and accurate AF. All of which should make this a valuable video lens for medium format cinematographers.

The Fujinon GF 45-100mm f/4 R LM OIS WR will be available from 27 February at a price of $2,299.95 / £2,049.

Read more: 

Fujifilm GFX 100 review (opens in new tab)
Fujifilm GFX 100 vs GFX 50S (opens in new tab): key differences between the two cameras
Fujifilm in 2019: what happened, and was this really just in the last 12 months? (opens in new tab)

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded 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, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.