Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR review: A pimped-up prime with a classic effective focal length

The Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR is a great choice for everyday shooting with a GFX medium format camera.

5 Star Rating
Fujifilm GF 45mm F2.8 R WR
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Sharp and fairly fast but reasonably lightweight for a medium format lens, the Fujifilm GF 45mm F2.8 R WR is my pick of the crop for walkabout shooting with a GFX camera. It’s a great lens but, typically, it doesn’t come cheap.


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    Classic field of view

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    Excellent image quality

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    Pretty fast f/2.8 aperture


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    Aperture ring can’t be de-clicked

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    Pricey to buy

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For street photography and general shooting, a classic 35mm focal length is one of my favorites, at least with a full-frame camera. The medium format Fujifilm GF 45mm F2.8 R WR is as close as makes no difference, having an ‘effective’ focal length of 36mm due to the larger image sensors in Fujifilm GFX bodies, which are among the all-time best Fujifilm cameras. I’ve tested and reviewed nearly all of Fujifilm’s GF lenses and have been universally impressed. This 45mm prime is pretty mid-range in terms of size, weight and price but is a definite contender for taking up residence in the best Fujifilm GF lenses hall of fame.

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Mount optionsFujifilm G
Lens construction11 elements in 8 groups
Angle of view62.6 degrees
Diaphragm blades9
Minimum aperturef/32
Minimum focus distance0.45m
Maximum magnification0.14x
Filter size62mm
Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5 R LM WR

The Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5 R LM WR is the closest thing you’ll find to a ‘pancake’ lens for Fujifilm’s medium format GFX cameras. Measuring just 84x48mm (less than two inches long) and weighing a mere 335g, it’s particularly compact and lightweight, and comparatively affordable at about two-thirds of the price.

Fujifilm GF 55mm F1.7 R WR

The Fujifilm GF 55mm F1.7 R WR is an absolutely fabulous lens. With an ‘effective’ 44mm focal length, it gives a very standard viewing angle, while its fast f/1.7 aperture enables a really tight depth of field. However, it’s comparatively weighty at 780g and costs about 50 per cent more to buy.

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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.