Fujifilm GF 63mm F2.8 R WR review: setting a new standard

This Fujifilm GF 63mm F2.8 R WR lens is the equivalent of a ‘nifty fifty’ for the medium format GFX camera system

Fujifilm GF 63mm F2.8 R WR
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

I like that the Fujifilm GF 63mm F2.8 R WR gives an entirely natural perspective on medium format GFX system cameras, equivalent to using a 50mm lens on a full-frame body. Image quality is absolutely fabulous and it’s quite lightweight and affordable for a medium format prime, although the autofocus system isn’t entirely to my taste.


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    Terrific image quality

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    Strong weather-sealed construction

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    Aperture control ring


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    Extending inner barrel

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    Autofocus is audible

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    No aperture de-click option

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I’ve become a big fan of Fujifilm GF lenses and the whole GFX medium format system. A ‘nifty fifty’ for full-frame cameras is often seen as the most essential prime lens. Taking the larger medium format image sensor into account, this 63mm lens gives the same field of view, and an entirely natural perspective. Depth of field is tighter due to the longer ‘actual’ focal length of the 63mm lens and, to me, it feels very similar to shooting with a 50mm f/1.8 lens on a full-frame camera. As such, it aims to take its place in the line-up of best Fujifilm GF lenses and be a perfect match for the best Fujifilm cameras like the Fujifilm GFX 100 II and Fujifilm GFX 50S II.

One of my absolute favorite GF lenses is the Fujifilm GF 55mm F1.7 R WR, but the GF 63mm is little more than half the weight and only costs about two-thirds as much to buy. Unless I’m feeling really desperate for the bigger GF 55mm lens’s faster aperture, the GF 63mm looks like a more manageable and affordable proposition.

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Mount optionsFujifilm G
Lens construction10 elements in 8 groups
Angle of view46.9 degrees
Diaphragm blades9
Minimum aperturef/32
Minimum focus distance0.5m
Maximum magnification0.17x
Filter size62mm
Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5 R LM WR

The Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5 R LM WR gives a versatile 40mm ‘full-frame effective’ focal length that you might find more useful. And the lens is particularly compact and lightweight for a medium-format optic.

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.

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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.