Fujifilm shows off superfast 80mm f/1.7 lens & 35mm f/3.5 for GFX medium format cameras

Prototypes of the new GF 80mm f/1.7 lens & GF 35mm f/3.5 lenses for the Fujifilm GFX system
Prototypes of the new GF 80mm f/1.7 lens & 35mm f/3.5 lenses for the Fujifilm GFX system (Image credit: Digital Camera World)

At the Fujifilm X Summit last night, the next two lenses for the GFX medium format system were shown off for the first time. The 80mm F1.7 R WR and the GF 30mm F3.5 R WR were added to the GF lens roadmap last month, but at the conference we were able to see working samples of the two designs.

The 80mm f/1.7 is a particularly interesting addition – and will become the fastest autofocus medium format lens ever produced. The standard prime (which has an effective focal length of 63mm, when the 0.79x crop factor is taken into account) will weigh less that 800g.

Prototype of new Fujifilm 80mm F1.7 R WR (Image credit: Digital Camera World)

Significantly, the new 80mm will weigh some 20% smaller and over 25%  lighter than the existing superfast Fujinon GF 110mm F2 R LM WR – so offering a lighter and smaller portrait lenses for the current three models in the GFX medium format camera system.

We were also told that these two lenses will have different characteristics. The 110mm will produce a very sharp image, while on the other hand the 80mm f/1.7 produce a "soft and warm image.... with bokeh that will be very soft and creamy". It will be up to photographers to decide which look they prefer - although the size difference may be crucial factor to many users.  

Prototype of new Fujifilm 30mm F3.5 R WR

Prototype of new Fujifilm 30mm F3.5 R WR (Image credit: Digital Camera World)

The 30mm f/3.5 will give the equivalent of a traditional 24mm - so is aimed squarely at landscape shooters. The designers promise a high resolution lens with minimal distortion, but also a lens with a fast AF performance that will also make the new model appeal to street photographers. 

The 30mm is due to go on sale later this year, with the 80mm f/1.7 slated for release in 2021.

The X Conference, held in Fujifilm's House of Photography in London's Covent Garden, was also used to unveil the new Fujifilm X100V and a working prototype of the 50mm f/1 lens for X-mount cameras.

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• The best medium format cameras right now

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.