DPRTV Fujinon GF 50mm F3.5 Review

Fujinon GF 50mm F3.5

The Fujinon GF 50mm f/3.5 is not only the newest, smallest, lightest and most affordable lens in the GF lens line-up, but it’s also the currently best selling G mount lens.

But what do you give up in exchange for the small size?

According to Chris from DPReview, not much. Here is what he says in his Fujinon GF 50mm F3.5 review:

  • smallest and lightest lens for the Fujifilm GFX system
  • manual focus ring is buttery smooth
  • linear motor AF. Tested on Fujifilm GFX100 the AF speed is very impressive. From near to far focus is quick
  • lens design is relatively complicated compared to other “pancake” lenses, and it’s amazing that Fujifilm was able to keep it that small
  • minimal breathing
  • very sharp
  • can easily handle the resolution of the GFX100
  • the GF50mm f/3.5 is a full frame equivalent of 40mm f/2.8
  • very good center sharpness even wide open
  • surprising the corners, which hold up very well too
  • optically a very sharp lens
  • very minor and very well controlled color fringing
  • you are going to like the bokeh, maybe a little bit of a darker edge, but very smooth interiors and very nice round shape even stopped down
  • the lens is a bit too wide for portraits. the GF63mm is a better choice, or the best overall is the GF110mm f/2
  • macro capability is not amazing, but you will use it on high resolution cameras, so you can crop the hell out of it
  • Chris still prefers the 63mm focal length, but if you want to save money, size and weight, the GF50mm is great

Looks like Fujifilm crafted yet another winner. Well done, Fuji!

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Fuji Guy Billy & Jonas Rask FujiLove Podcast: About Global Shutter GFX Revolution, Dropping Full Frame, XF 16-80mm and More

The fifth episode of the Fujilove podcast with Fuji Guy Billy and Jonas Rask just went online. For your convenience, here are the previous 4 episodes:

  • episode 1 – XF33mm development challenges and X-H1 market misunderstanding
  • episode 2 – autofocus motors of lenses compared and no more Kaizen love for Fujifilm X-T20
  • episode 3 – digital image stabilization via firmware update and GFX100 talk
  • episode 4 – APS-C crop factor cheating and fast GF lenses potentially coming

It’s a 1 hour podcast, and in case you are in a hurry and don’t have time yet, I cover the whole podcast below. You can listed to it all at sticher and Fujilove.

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Fujifilm Manager: “GFX100 Orders are Incredibly High”. Zack Arias: “I Might Sell my Phase One”

Fujifilm manager Toshihisa Iida was at the Fujifilm GFX100 launch event in India, along with Zack Arias.

It’s a 1+ hour video, that I have conveniently summed up below in a 2 minutes read time for you ;).

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Fujifilm GFX100 Orders Triple Fujifilms’ Forecast and the GFX100 Stock and Shipping Status Update

I recently wrote an article on why I believe the Fujifilm GFX system has a glorious future ahead. You can read it here.

I mention that article, because in the comments a FR-reader said that pre-orders for the new GFX100 are strong:

Talking to a Fuji rep at a GFX100 demo and he said orders were triple that of forecasts

Another report from the Fujifilm GFX group says:

I got information, now. I have to wait GFX100 a month [in Japan]. If ordering now, have to wait 2 months. What a big mount of order.

From my own sources I can only confirm that pre-orders are stronger than expected.

If all this is correct, then you can expect delivery shortage.

Let’s look at the 3 major stores:

  • B&H Photo: first batch is shipping but BH has more pre-orders than stock, so they wait for more cameras to come from Japan
  • Adorama: It is listed as “On Backorder”. Our GFX group members contacted Adorama, who told them to expect shipping early July.
  • AmazonUS markes it available within 1 to 2 months.

Some lucky guys already got their Fujifilm GFX100 shipped, and are now very actively sharing impressions and samples at our Fujifilm GFX group.

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Fujifilm GFX 100: B&H Photo, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera

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Fujifilm GFX100 Shipping and First User (Bug?) Reports

Fujifilm GFX100

The Fujifilm GFX100 is now shipping.

It is still not marked as in stock at major retailers, but the small ones have already shipped to customers.

They already share unboxings, hands on experience and some even what are supposed to be bugs, such setting resets. But I remind people, that you have to give the little internal battery a long first charge, otherwise it has not enough juice to keep your camera settings stored while you remove the big battery.

Also, before screaming for bugs, you better read the GFX100 owners manual.

Some members of our massive Fujifilm GFX group have already received their samples, and

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Fujifilm GFX 100: B&H Photo, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera

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