Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5 R LM WR review: did you think medium format lenses were too chunky for street photography?

The diminutive Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5 R LM WR is the closest thing you’ll find to a ‘pancake lens’ for the medium format GFX system

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Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5 R LM WR
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

A little gem of a lens, I think the Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5 R LM WR is a downsized delight. Less than two inches long, it’s great for street photography and walkabout shooting, but it still goes large on image quality.


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    Compact and lightweight

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    A relatively affordable GF lens

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    Solid, weather-sealed build


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    Pedestrian f/3.5 aperture

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    Screw-in rather than bayonet hood

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    No aperture ring de-click option

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We all have our favorites when it comes to focal lengths. When I’m out and about on city streets, shooting with a full-frame camera, I’ve become a big fan of compact, lightweight 40mm lenses. Personal preferences include the Nikon Z 40mm f/2, Sony FE 40mm f/2.5 G and Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM. I find the field of view delivered by these lenses makes them very versatile for street photography and general shooting, bridging the gap between wide-angle 35mm and standard 50mm lenses. Of course, different rules apply for medium format rather than full-frame cameras. In this case, a 50mm lens gives the same viewing angle, due to the comparatively large image sensor of the camera body – it’s like the opposite of a ‘crop factor’.

The Fujifilm GF 55mm F1.7 R WR is actually one of my all-time favorite lenses and it’s definitely one of the best Fujifilm GF lenses on the market. However, as it’s a medium format lens and one of the ‘fastest’ of the breed with a bright f/1.7 aperture, it’s necessarily quite large and heavy, as well as being very expensive. The GF 50mm that I’m reviewing here gives an ‘effective’ focal length of 40mm in full-frame terms and is less than half the length, weight and price of the bigger GF 55mm. It therefore makes a tempting compact, lightweight and relatively affordable alternative for the best Fujifilm cameras.

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Mount optionsFujifilm G
Lens construction9 elements in 6 groups
Angle of view57.4 degrees
Diaphragm blades9
Minimum aperturef/32
Minimum focus distance0.55m
Maximum magnification0.1x
Filter size62mm
Fujifilm GF 55mm F1.7 R WR

The Fujifilm GF 55mm F1.7 R WR only has a slightly longer focal length than the GF 50mm but a much faster aperture rating, enabling you to freeze action more easily and gain a really tight depth of field.


The Fujifilm GF 63mm F2.8 R WR is more of a conventional ‘standard prime’ for medium format GFX cameras, with an effective 50mm focal length in full-frame terms. It also has a faster f/2.8 aperture rating than the GF 50mm f/3.5 lens.

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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.