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Fujifilm Reveals GF30mmF3.5 R WR

This tough, portable, high-resolution lens is built for landscapes and everyday adventures

The GF30mmF3.5 R WR is here to swell the ranks of GFX system lenses and grant new creative possibilities to photographers. With its wide-angle view and large aperture, this lens is a perfect fit for low-light landscapes, architectural subjects, and interiors. It’s also a superb walkaround or documentary lens. 

In addition to it being a great fit for multiple subjects, the GF30mmF3.5 R WR is a ‘go anywhere’ lens as it’s compact, lightweight, has a high level of weather sealing, and a reversible lens hood, which lets you keep kit space to a minimum. It’s also weather-resistant, so will stand up to rain, spray, and dust, and can be used in temperatures as low as 14°F.

Optical quality is everything you’d expect from a GF lens. Designed using Fujifilm’s advanced lens and coating technologies, the GF30mmF3.5 R WR’s construction uses 13 lens elements in ten groups, including two aspherical elements and two ED elements to deliver an astonishing amount of detail free from aberrations, distortions, and flare and fringing.

As a premium lens, the GF30mmF3.5 R WR doesn’t skimp when it comes to performance either. It uses an internal focus system for fast and silent AF. This feature also reduces focus breathing to just 0.05%, so it’s a lens you can use to track subjects or manually pull the focus in videography without affecting your composition.

Three photographers were asked to put the GF30mmF3.5 R WR through its paces prior to launch and all were blown away by what it could do and how well it integrated with their GFX bodies.

Seasoned landscape photographer, Justin Black, took the GF30mmF3.5 R WR on a trip through the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia, finding that the lens combined perfectly with his GFX 100. “Simply put, I need to rely on my lenses to perform to a high standard in all sorts of adverse conditions,” he explains. “That means having great optics, great performance throughout the aperture range, durability to the elements like rain, spray, dust, heat and cold, good ergonomics, and quick, accurate autofocus. As expected, the GF30mm performed perfectly in all those regards. It’s an immensely useful, easily portable, tough little wide-angle lens, designed and manufactured to a spectacularly high standard.

“I was really impressed with its performance at all apertures, including at the smallest, where optical diffraction is well controlled indeed, which is so important in making the most of the G Format high-resolution sensors.”

Documentary photographer, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, used the GF30mmF3.5 R WR to document the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the neighborhood where she grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn. When talking about her experiences photographing the empty streets, she praises the image quality and versatility of the lens. “Even wide open, the entire frame remained in focus. It captured the big picture and made for wonderful environmental images,” she says. “This lens could be used by an array of photographers with different disciplines, from the studio to the street. It’s so versatile. The art student in an MFA program would love it just as much as a landscape enthusiast and a photojournalist.”

Cityscape photographer Jordan Saunders uses the FUJINON GF30mmF3.5 R WR wide angle prime lens to photograph traffic trails in LA

Photo © Jordan Saunders

Jordan Saunders, an LA-based photographer, took the GF30mmF3.5 R WR out with his GFX 50R to see how it performed in documenting urban scenes. As a fan of wide-angle primes, the new lens fit right into Jordan’s regular way of working, which includes creating urban panoramas. “This lens is perfect for making panoramic images, because it retains all the detail you want when cropping into a panoramic framing from the G Format sensor,” he says. “Zooming in on photos became really addictive, because you get to see details in these scenes that you never would have noticed in person. The lens is also relatively small and light, as well as having fast autofocus, so it performs brilliantly as a general-purpose wide angle, making it great for almost anyone.”

The GF30mmF3.5 R WR is coming soon to your nearest FUJIFILM Authorized Dealer. Learn more and read the full specifications here.


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