Fujifilm Fujinon GF 30mm F5.6 T/S review: probably the best tilt-shift lens ever

The Fujinon GF 30mm F5.6 T/S brings full tilt and shift functions to Fujifilm’s medium format GFX system in fine style, but you’ll need deep pockets

5 Star Rating
Fujinon GF 30mm F5.6 T/S
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Fujifilm Fujinon GF 30mm F5.6 T/S has a usefully wide field of view, ideal for architectural and landscape photography. That’s what tilt-shift lenses do best. It has all the functions and facilities I’d hope for and is capable of spectacular image quality, although it’s typically a little tricky to use and is very expensive to buy.

Pros

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    Full set of T/S functions

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    Epic image quality

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    Really solid build quality

Cons

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    Typical lack of autofocus

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    Fairly heavy at 1,340g

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    Twice the price of most T/S lenses

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I love that tilt-shift lenses enable me to do things in-camera that are difficult or impossible to replicate during editing without some serious compromises. This Fujinon 30mm T/S is one of the very best tilt-shift lenses on the market right now, and arguably the best of all time. It’s also will go down in the history of best Fujinon GF lenses, period.

So what exactly is a tilt-shift lens? In essence, it has a moveable front section that allows you to tilt the optical path in relation to the camera, or to shift it (most commonly) up and down. The tilt function changes the plane of focus, effectively allowing you to alter the depth of field irrespective of the aperture setting. That can be useful in landscape photography where you want everything sharp from a very close distance away to infinity. At the other end of the scale, you can create a really shallow depth of field for a ‘toy village’ effect.

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Mount optionsFujifilm GF
Lens construction16 elements in 11 groups
Angle of view84.7 degrees
Diaphragm blades9
Minimum aperturef/32
Minimum focus distance0.3m
Maximum magnification0.21x
Filter size105mm (adapter ring)
Dimensions87x139mm
Weight1,340g
Fujinon GF 110mm F5.6 T/S Macro

The only native GF mount tilt-shift alternative is currently the <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/fujifilm-fujinon-gf-110mm-f56-ts-macro-review-tilt-shift-and-rotate-at-will" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">Fujinon GF 110mm F5.6 T/S Macro, which has a longer 87mm ‘effective’ focal length in full-frame terms and adds a 0.5x macro facility.

Laowa FF S 20mm F4.0 C-Dreamer

The <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/laowa-20mm-f4-zero-d-shift-review" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">Laowa FF S 20mm F4.0 C-Dreamer only costs about a third of the price. It’s a lens that I’ve been very impressed with but it only offers a shift function, with no tilt option.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 


His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 


In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.