New Fujifilm X and GF lenses Hands-on Review

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Hands-on with new Fujifilm X and GF lenses

We’re at the Photo Plus Expo show in New York, where Fujifilm is showing off its new XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR and GF 45mm F2.8 R WR prime lenses.

First up is the snappily-named XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR. It’s equivalent to a 122mm prime on X-series bodies, and as you can see, it’s a big lens. It also fills an appropriately big gap in Fujifilm’s historical lens lineup, being the first of Fuji’s X-mount lenses to give full 1:1 macro reproduction.

Hands-on with new Fujifilm X and GF lenses

As usual for Fujifilm’s current lenses, the 80mm offers the option of manual aperture control via a dedicated dial, and a large focusing ring provides very fine control over focus, if required.

Hands-on with new Fujifilm X and GF lenses

The XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR is optically stabilized, and is rated to provide around 5 stops of correction. This should help greatly in the macro focusing range, as well as making the lens more usable in general, in lower lighting conditions.

Hands-on with new Fujifilm X and GF lenses

Toggle switches on the lens barrel allow the photographer to restrict the lens’s focusing range, as well as activate / deactivate the OIS stabilization system. The XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR is weather sealed (that’s what the ‘WR’ means) and like all of Fujifilm’s high-end lenses, it’s built to a very high standard of construction.

The Fujifilm XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR will be available next month for $1200.

Hands-on with new Fujifilm X and GF lenses

The Fujinon GF 45mm F2.8 R WR is a very different beast. Designed for Fujifilm’s medium-format GFX 50S, it offers an equivalent field of view to 36mm on a full-frame camera.

Hands-on with new Fujifilm X and GF lenses

At 490g (1.08 lb) the 45mm F2.8 is small and light by the standards of medium format lenses, and should be a useful prime lens for everyday shooting. A broad focusing ring and dedicated aperture control dial allow for manual control if desired.

Hands-on with new Fujifilm X and GF lenses

Optical construction comprises 11 elements in eight groups, including one aspherical and two ED elements. Again, the ‘WR’ designation means that this lens is sealed against dust and moisture incursion – just like the GFX 50S.

The Fujinon GF 45mm F2.8 R WR will be available next month for $1700.

(dpreview.com, https://goo.gl/JbaK6V)

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