Fujifilm Fujinon GF 55mm F1.7 R WR review

The Fujinon GF 55mm F1.7 R WR combines scintillating sharpness with super-smooth bokeh - it's a medium format masterpiece

5 Star Rating
Fujifilm Fujinon GF 55mm F1.7 R WR
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

A fabulous lens that’s genuinely ‘prime’ in all respects, the GF 55mm gives a very natural viewing perspective on Fujifilm’s GFX series of medium format cameras, with image quality to die for. There’s spectacular sharpness right out to the extreme edges and corners of the frame, when you want it, and superlatively smooth, dreamy bokeh when you don’t. Epic build quality makes it a lens for all seasons, versatility makes it a lens for all reasons, and its size and weight make it easily manageable wherever your photographic journey takes you. Enjoy!


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    Versatile, natural viewing angle

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    Razor-sharp, super-smooth

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    High-end handling


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    No de-click switch for the aperture ring

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    Modest 0.17x maximum magnification

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    Justifiably expensive to buy

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The new Fujinon GF 55mm F1.7 R WR is one of the joint fastest prime lenses in Fujifilm’s range for its GFX system cameras, the other being the GF 80mm F1.7 R WR. An f/1.7 aperture might not sound like much to write home about, at least for full-frame photographers, where f/1.4 or even f/1.2 is more the norm for a really ‘fast prime’. But let’s not forget we’re in medium format territory here.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)
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Mount:Fujifilm G
Lens construction:14 elements in 10 groups
Angle of view:52.9 degrees
Diaphragm blades:11
Minimum aperture:f/22
Minimum focusing distance:0.5m
Maximum magnification ratio:0.17x
Filter size:77mm

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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.