DPReview TV has now published their Fujinon GF30mm f/3.5 hands on review, which was filmed with a GF30mm F/3.5 mounted on a Fujifilm GFX100.
The lens is another winner, and can easily keep up with the 100 megapixel of the Fujinon GFX100.
At some point of the video, he took a video of the forest, with a deer far away in the distance, and then cropped in and says “who needs a wildlife lens anymore“. Of course he said it as a joke, and the GF30mmF3.5 can’t replace a proper wildlife lens, but it was also a statement made to underline that with the combination GFX100 and GF30mmF3.5 you are in photographic crop-heaven.
The biggest problem with the GF30mmF3.5? Well, there is the GF32-64mmF4 (compare both lenses specs & price here).
You can find the video above and summary of the video down below:
- 24mm full frame equivalent
- is surprises how compact it is: just over 500g
- 58mm filter thread
- very chunky aperture ring and two-step phase between aperture ring and focus ring means you are not going to confuse where your fingers are
- a very nice tactile experience
- basically no real chromatic aberration and longitudinal chromatic aberration
- about 32 cm minimum focus distance, hence you can get fairly close to objects and with that 3.5 aperture get nice and soft background
- flare is pretty average, lots of ghosting. Sometimes you see rainbow pattern, but that’s not the lens, it’s reflection coming from the sensor, which you can see on a lot of modern cameras
- autofocus speed is fine, it is not super fast, but on medium format you don’t need ultra fast focussing lenses
- bokeh is not Chris’ favorite, not the greatest out there, a little bit busy around the edges, and gets more busy if you stop down the lens, but that’s not the end of the world on a wide angle lens
- it’s a very sharp lens, especially wide open Chris was quite impressed. Very impressive at f/3.5 from center to corner, and corners sharpen up more really nicely if you stop down
- he took a shot of a deer from far away and cropped in and said “who needs a wildlife lens” (of course joking, but to underline how sharp this lens really is)
- like the other GF lenses, also this one is optically excellent lens
- it’s capable of supporting the 100 megapixel resolution of the GFX100
- nice compact lens, balance nice on GFX50R
- as for video, the GFX100 got a recent firmware update that supports ProRes Video
- in video, the lens has very little breathing
- the entire episode was shot on the GF30mm f3.5
- compact, fairly wide aperture lens for your GFX system, Chris would totally recommend it, except for one thing: there is also the excellent GF32-64mmF4
- the GF30mmF3.5 is a little bit better optically compared to the the GF32-64, but the IQ of the 32-64 is great, too
- but if you like primes, or if you maybe have already the GF45-100mmF4, this could be your lens
The Fujinon GF30mm f/3.5 is now in stock.
- GF 30mmF3.5: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama
- GF 32-64mmF4: BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS
- GF 45-100mmF4: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera
- GFX 100: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera