Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR Review

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Introduction

The Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR is currently the only zoom lens designed specifically for Fujifilm GFX 50S mirrorless cameras. This wide-angle zoom features a focal range of 25-51mm in 35mm terms, an aperture range of f/4-f/32, 14 elements in 1 groups including 3 aspherical, 1 extra-low and 1 super extra-low dispersion elements, 9 rounded aperture blades, a high-speed linear AF motor, a hydrophobic fluorine coating on the front element to repel moisture, and a dust-, freeze- and weather-sealed physical construction. The Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR is also able to focus as close as 50/60cm and it takes 77mm filters. The Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR retails for $2299 / £2149.

Ease of Use

With a maximum diameter of 92.6mm and a length of 145.5mm when zoomed out to 64mm, the Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR is a wide-normal zoom lens that’s well-suited to the GFX 50S camera that we tested it with. Weighing in at 875g, it’s quite a heavy lens, but proved to be well-balanced on the GFX 50S.

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR

The Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR lens mounted on a Fujifilm GFX 50S

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR

The Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR lens mounted on a Fujifilm GFX 50S

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR

The Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR lens mounted on a Fujifilm GFX 50S

As with the other GF lenses that we’ve reviewed, the Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR boasts excellent build quality. The lens is dust, freeze and moisture resistant and it features a metal bayonet. The Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR lens is comprised of 14 elements in 11 groups including 3 extra-low dispersion elements. It accepts 77mm filters via metal threads. There is no built-in optical image stabilisation in this lens.

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR

The Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR lens mounted on a Fujifilm GFX 50S

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR

The Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR lens mounted on a Fujifilm GFX 50S

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR

The Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR lens alongside the Fujifilm GFX 50S

The focus ring is pleasingly wide, smooth and beautifully well-damped in action without being loose, and has a ridged, rubberised grip band. There are no “hard stops” at either end of the 50/60cm-infinity focus range though. It has a large rotation angle which enables precise focusing and moves smoothly without any play. Two different focusing aids are provided – auto magnification and focus peaking. In conjunction with the GFX 50S’ high-resolution electronic viewfinder, we found it very easy to accurately determine critical sharpness.

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR

The side of the Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR lens

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR

The side of the Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR lens

When it comes to auto-focusing, the Fujifilm GF 63mm f2.8 R WR is a very quiet performer on the Fujifilm GFX 50S that we tested it with thanks to the linear motor, and it’s also pretty fast too, taking about 0.25 second to lock onto the subject in good light. We didn’t experience too much “hunting” either, with the lens accurately focusing almost all of the time.

Focusing is usefully internal and manual focusing is possible when set via the camera body. Full-time manual focus override is not available at any time simply by rotating the focus ring.

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR

The front of the Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR lens

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR

The rear of the Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR lens

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR

The side of the Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR lens

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR

The side of the Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR lens

The Fujifilm GF 63mm f2.8 R WR lens has a traditional aperture ring on the lens barrel, which allows you to set the aperture in 1/3 steps, complete with full aperture markings. The aperture is also shown in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen. The aperture ring is nicely damped and makes a distinctive click as you change the setting. The aperture ring toggles between auto aperture control (the ring is set to A) or manual aperture control (the switch is set to one of the aperture values) or the C (Command) position which allows you to set the aperture via the camera body rather than the lens.

A soft cloth bag and a large plastic petal-shaped lens hood are supplied in the box.

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR

The Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR lens in-hand

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR

The Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR lens with the supplied lens hood fitted

Focal Range

The 32mm focal length gives an angle of view of 81 degrees on a 35mm full frame sensor, which is equivalent to a focal length of 25mm, and the 64mm focal length gives an angle of view of 46.3° degrees on a 35mm full frame sensor, which is equivalent to a focal length of 51mm.

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR

Field of view at 32mm

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR

Field of view at 64mm

Chromatic Aberrations

Chromatic aberration (purple fringing) is a non-issue with the Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR lens, only appearing in very high contrast situations.

Light Fall-off and Distortion

Light fall-off is noticeable wide open at f/4, though this can easily be corrected in Photoshop. Stop down to f/8 and the vignetting is already much less prominent, but it is still visible when shooting pale scenes that fill the frame.

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR

Light fall-off at 32mm

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR

Light fall-off at 64mm

Macro

A minimum focus distance of 50cm at 32mm and 60cam at 64mm doesn’t make the lens very useful for shooting close subjects, not helped by the maximum magnification ratio of 0.12x. This image is uncropped and shows how close you can get to a Compact Flash card.

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR

Close-up performance

Bokeh

With a maximum aperture of f/4, the Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR isn’t the fastest of lenses, but it still manages to generate smooth out of focus areas thanks to having 9 rounded aperture blades. Bokeh is however a fairly subjective part of a lens’ image quality, so check out these 100% crops to see the Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR’s bokeh quality for yourself.

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Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR
Sharpness

In order to show you how sharp this lens is, we are providing 100% crops on the following pages.

Sharpness at 32mm

Our sharpness tests were conducted using a 50-megapixel Fujifilm GFX 50S body mounted on a tripod. The camera’s shutter release was also set on a timer-delay to avoid any possible camera shake. The test subject was shot using ambient lighting, hence some colour and contrast variation is to be expected between apertures.

The full frame at 25mm

The full frame at 32mm

Centre sharpness is impressively high throughout the entire aperture range, with peak performance between f/5.6-f/16. Corner sharpness is also excellent, again producing optimal sharpness at f/5.6-f/16.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
f/4 f4.jpg f4.jpg
f/5.6 f5_6.jpg f5_6.jpg
f/8 f8.jpg f8.jpg
f/11 f11.jpg f11.jpg
f/16 f16.jpg f16.jpg
f/22 f22.jpg f22.jpg
f/32 f32.jpg f32.jpg

Sharpness at 50mm

Our sharpness tests were conducted using a 50-megapixel Fujifilm GFX 50S body mounted on a tripod. The camera’s shutter release was also set on a timer-delay to avoid any possible camera shake. The test subject was shot using ambient lighting, hence some colour and contrast variation is to be expected between apertures.

The full frame at 25mm

The full frame at 50mm

Centre sharpness is impressively high throughout the entire aperture range, with peak performance between f/5.6-f/16. Corner sharpness is also excellent, again producing optimal sharpness at f/5.6-f/16.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
f/4 f4.jpg f4.jpg
f/5.6 f5_6.jpg f5_6.jpg
f/8 f8.jpg f8.jpg
f/11 f11.jpg f11.jpg
f/16 f16.jpg f16.jpg
f/22 f22.jpg f22.jpg
f/32 f32.jpg f32.jpg

Sharpness at 64mm

Our sharpness tests were conducted using a 50-megapixel Fujifilm GFX 50S body mounted on a tripod. The camera’s shutter release was also set on a timer-delay to avoid any possible camera shake. The test subject was shot using ambient lighting, hence some colour and contrast variation is to be expected between apertures.

The full frame at 25mm

The full frame at 64mm

Centre sharpness is impressively high throughout the entire aperture range, with peak performance between f/5.6-f/16. Corner sharpness is also very good, producing optimal sharpness at f/8-f/16.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
f/4 f4.jpg f4.jpg
f/5.6 f5_6.jpg f5_6.jpg
f/8 f8.jpg f8.jpg
f/11 f11.jpg f11.jpg
f/16 f16.jpg f16.jpg
f/22 f22.jpg f22.jpg
f/32 f32.jpg f32.jpg

Sample Images

The thumbnails below link to full-sized samples taken with the Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR lens mounted on a Fujifilm GFX 50S camera.

1/60s · f/4 · ISO 250

1/60s · f/4 · ISO 800

1/125s · f/4 · ISO 1000

Specifications

Type GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR
Lens configuration 14 elements in 11 groups (includes 3 aspherical and 1 extra-low dispersion element and 1 super extra-low dispersion element)
Focal length (35mm format equivalent) f=32-64mm (25-51mm)
Angle of view 81°-46.3°
Max. aperture F4
Min. aperture F32
Aperture control
  • Number of blades : 9(rounded diaphragm opening)
  • Step size : 1/3EV (19 steps)
Focus range 50cm – ∞(Wide), 60cm – ∞(Telephoto)
Max. magnification 0.12x
External dimensions : Diameter x Length* (approx.)
* distance from camera lens mount flange
ø92.6mm×116mm(Wide)/145.5mm(Telephoto)
Weight* (approx.)
*excluding caps and hoods
875g
Filter size ø77mm
Accessories included Lens Cap FLCP-77
Lens rear cap RLCP-002
Lens hood
Lens case

Conclusion

The Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR is a great zoom lens for the fledgling medium-format system, offering enough versatility and quality to deserve a place in every GFX shooter’s camera bag.

The GF 32-64mm is a sharp lens throughout the zoom and aperture range, exhibits almost no chromatic aberrations, has negligible distortion and is capable of producing some very nice bokeh despite only having an f/4 maximum aperture. Vignetting at wide-open apertures is the only real optical issue of note, although stopping down to f/8 solves the problem altogether.

The high-speed linear AF motor makes it suitable for everything from wide-angle landscapes to portraiture, and as with Fujifilm’s X-series lenses, build quality is excellent, with the traditional aperture ring being very welcome. Manual focusing is a veritable pleasure thanks to the massive, well-damped focusing ring and the on-camera focusing aids, which should please anyone predominantly considering this lens for its wide-angle capabilities.

So although 25-51mm in 35mm terms sounds at first like rather a strange focal range, the Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR proves itself to be a very versatile, go-to lens that delivers excellent images. If we had to choose just one lens for the GFX 50S camera, it would probably be this one…

(photographyblog.com, https://goo.gl/V3wnzi)

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