Hot on the heels of the Fujifilm GFX 100S announcement, Fujifilm may be releasing a new zoom lens for its medium format camera system this year.
The dust has barely settled on the Fujifilm GFX 100S (opens in new tab) (the groundbreaking 100MP, $5,999 medium format camera) and the new Fujinon GF 80mm f/1.7 (opens in new tab) (the widest aperture medium format lens ever produced), but we can apparently expect a new GF zoom for the system later this year.
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A new report (opens in new tab) on Fuji Rumors cites multiple sources claiming that Fujifilm is set to release the GF zoom in 2021, even though it has yet to appear on any public lens roadmap. However, the site previously leaked an internal roadmap from the manufacturer that does allude to the optic.
As of right now there have been no hints or confirmation from the manufacturer as to what the lens could be, though there has been plenty of speculation online. Specifically, Fuji Rumors has previously reported on suggestions that it could be a super wide-angle zoom, like a 20-36mm f/5.6 lens.
This optic would be similar to something like a 16-28mm f/4.5 lens on a 35mm full-frame camera – and with that kind of a focal range, it would effectively become the widest medium format zoom lens available.
Obviously this would sit at the opposite end of the spectrum to the Fujifilm GF 100-200mm f/5.6 (opens in new tab), which is broadly equivalent to a 79-158mm f/4.5 lens on a full frame camera body.
This, coupled with the fact that the system already has a GF 250mm f/4 prime lens, means that it may make more sense for the manufacturer to produce a super wide-angle zoom lens instead.
Fujifilm has already started the year guns blazing when it comes to its medium format system, and with at least one more lens on the way it seems like 2021 could be a banner year for GFX users.