Fujifilm GF 500mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR review: Super-telephoto super-powers for GFX medium format cameras

The Fujifilm GF 500mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR medium format super-telephoto lens combines a lightweight design with 6-stop stabilization, ideal for handheld shooting.

5 Star Rating
Fujifilm GF 500mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

It’s a big, imposing lens but I love that the Fujifilm GF 500mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR is more lightweight than it looks. It feels well balanced on a medium format GFX camera body, is jam-packed with handling exotica and delivers scary-sharp image quality. Fast and consistently accurate autofocus, along with highly effective 6-stop stabilization, ensure a great hit rate in handheld shooting.


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    Spectacular image quality

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    Fast, accurate autofocus

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    6-stop optical image stabilization

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    Excellent handling characteristics


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    Typically expensive for a GF lens

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    Downsized 396mm ‘effective’ focal length

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    No de-click aperture ring option

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Just occasionally, I feel that twice as much really is twice as good. The GF 500mm is Fujifilm’s longest telephoto medium format lens to date, doubling the reach of the GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR with the drop of just one f/stop in aperture speed. Naturally, once you take the inverted crop factor of medium format into account, it gives an ‘effective’ 396mm focal length in full-frame terms, but that’s nigh-on 400mm, taking it into super-telephoto territory and still delivering twice as much as the effective 198mm of the shorter lens.

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Mount optionsFujifilm GF
Lens construction21 elements in 14 groups
Angle of view6.3 degrees
Diaphragm blades9
Minimum aperturef/32
Minimum focus distance2.75m (9.1')
Maximum magnification0.2x
Filter size95mm
Dimensions105x247mm (4.1x9.7")
Weight1,375g (3.03lbs)
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FeaturesThere’s fast autofocus, 6-stop stabilization and a host of other useful features.★★★★★
DesignBrilliant design packs spectacular performance into a relatively compact, lightweight build.★★★★★
PerformanceImage quality is fabulous in all respects, coupled with consistently accurate autofocus.★★★★★
ValueThere’s no way you could call this an inexpensive lens, but you get what you pay for and more.★★★★
Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR

The Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR is another fabulous telephoto lens for medium format GFX cameras. Naturally, it only has half the actual reach but is an f/stop faster. That’s often preferable for freezing the action without bumping up your ISO so much.

TTartisan 500mm f/6.3

The budget TTartisan 500mm f/6.3 is the nearest direct rival to the Fujinon GF500mm. The Chinese-made lens is not as fast, and is a manual-focus only affair made for most mirrorless camera mounts - including the one used by GFX cameras. It's big appeal is its low, low price of $369 / £409 on Amazon.

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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.