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Pick the Best GF Lens for Your Photo Style

When working with the GFX system, lens choice couldn’t be more important, so here’s our guide to getting it right

When creating with the GFX system, the resolution of the images is so high that it’s extremely important to consider even the tiniest detail. That’s why FUJIFILM GF lenses offer ultimate image quality to photographers from all photographic styles.

Later, we’ll give you our GF lens suggestions for a number of popular genres, but first, let’s find out a little more about the science behind the system.  

The G Mount

The extra-large sensor used in the GFX system requires a large lens mount, so Fujifilm created the G Mount. Its 65mm diameter, 26.7mm flange back distance and 16.7mm minimum back focus distance are part of the reason the GFX 50S, GFX 50R, and GFX 100 are so compact for larger format models.

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Photo © Paul Von Rieter

The mount features 12 electronic contacts that send and receive data between the body and lens. And with the addition of the H Mount adapter, it maintains electronic compatibility with nine SUPER EBC FUJINON HC interchangeable lenses and one teleconverter developed for the GX645AF.

The GF Lens Series

The short back focus distance provides flexibility when it comes to lens design, so the wide range of dust- and weather-resistant GF lenses can be compact, yet still feature fast maximum apertures and deliver impressive edge-to-edge sharpness.  

When you also consider these lenses have been developed to offer extreme resolving power to future-proof against further developments in sensor technology, it’s clear GF lenses make a sound investment for any photographic style or genre – now and for many years to come.

Architecture and Interiors – GF23mmF4 R LM WR 

This ultra wide-angle prime lens offers the 35mm equivalent of an 18mm optic, ideal for those who like to get a lot into their frame.  

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Photo © Simon Lewis

Landscape – GF30mmF3.5 R WR

With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24mm, this wide-angle prime lens is perfect for framing landscapes in glorious detail.

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Photo © Jean-Michel Lenoir

Street – GF45mmF2.8 R WR 

This wide-angle lens offers the 35mm equivalent of a 36mm optic and an aperture of F2.8, making it perfect for candid moments.

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Photo © Eric Bouvet

Travel – GF50mmF3.5 R LM WR

This is the smallest and lightest lens in the GF lineup and provides a fantastically versatile 35mm equivalent focal length of 40mm.

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Photo © Alex Liverani

Documentary and Portraits – GF63mmF2.8 R WR 

This standard lens is the 35mm equivalent of a ‘nifty fifty’ 50mm optic and, with a perspective that’s very close to that of the human eye, it’s extremely versatile for documentary pictures and portrait subjects.

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Portraits – GF110mmF2 R LM WR

This mid-telephoto lens offers the 35mm equivalent of an 87mm optic and, when combined with the larger format GFX sensor, makes astounding portraits.

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Photo © Ivan Joshua Loh

Macro – GF120mmF4 R LM OIS WR Macro 

A mid-telephoto, half life-size macro lens equivalent to a 95mm lens on a 35mm camera, this also features Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) to help preserve the finer details. 

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Photo © Justin Black

Sports and Wildlife – GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR 

A telephoto prime lens that offers the full-frame equivalent of a 198mm optic, allowing you to frame every stunning detail of the action, without influencing it. 

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Photo © Bryan Minear

Photojournalism – GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR 

When you need both quality and versatility, this 2x zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 25-51mm makes the perfect choice. 

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Photo © Rafael Concepcion

The Ultimate All-Rounder – GF45-100mmF4 R LM OIS WR 

Combining lightness in weight, weather-resistance, a constant F4 aperture, versatile focal lengths, and OIS, this zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 36-79mm will let you frame a huge variety of subjects in all sorts of conditions. 

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Photo © Victor Liu

Wildlife and Portraits – GF100-200mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR 

With a 79-158mm equivalent focal length, this 2x telephoto zoom lens is just as at home framing portraits as it is nature and wildlife images. And its weather-resistance and OIS make it a go-to model if you’re photographing in challenging conditions. 

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Photo © Zheng Xu

Compare the lenses

GF23mmF4 R LM WR

Construction
15 elements in 12 groups
Image Stabilization
No
Weather-Resistance
Yes
Filter Size
ø82mm
Close Focusing Distance
0.38m
Dimensions (DxL)
89.8x103mm
Weight
845g

GF30mmF3.5 R WR

Construction
13 elements in 10 groups
Image Stabilization
No
Weather-Resistance
Yes
Filter Size
ø58mm
Close Focusing Distance
32cm
Dimensions (DxL)
84×99.4mm
Weight
510g

GF45mmF2.8 R WR

Construction
11 elements in 8 groups
Image Stabilization
No
Weather-Resistance
Yes
Filter Size
ø62mm
Close Focusing Distance
0.45m
Dimensions (DxL)
84x88mm
Weight
490g

GF50mmF3.5 R LM WR

Construction
9 elements in 6 groups
Image Stabilization
No
Weather-Resistance
Yes
Filter Size
ø62mm
Close Focusing Distance
0.55m
Dimensions (DxL)
84x48mm
Weight
335g

GF63mmF2.8 R WR

Construction
10 elements in 8 groups
Image Stabilization
No
Weather-Resistance
Yes
Filter Size
ø62mm
Close Focusing Distance
0.50m
Dimensions (DxL)
84x71mm
Weight
405g

GF110mmF2 R LM WR

Construction
14 elements in 9 groups
Image Stabilization
No
Weather-Resistance
Yes
Filter Size
ø77mm
Close Focusing Distance
0.9m
Dimensions (DxL)
94.3×125.5mm
Weight
1010g

GF120mmF4 R LM OIS WR Macro

Construction
14 elements in 9 groups
Image Stabilization
Yes, 5 stops
Weather-Resistance
Yes
Filter Size
ø72mm
Close Focusing Distance
0.45m
Dimensions (DxL)
89.2×152.5mm
Weight
980g

GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR

Construction
16 elements in 10 groups
Image Stabilization
Yes, 5 stops
Weather-Resistance
Yes
Filter Size
ø82mm
Close Focusing Distance
1.4m
Dimensions (DxL)
108x203.5mm
Weight
1425g

GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR

Construction
14 elements in 11 groups
Image Stabilization
No
Weather-Resistance
Yes
Filter Size
ø77mm
Close Focusing Distance
0.5m
Dimensions (DxL)
92.6×116mm (Wide Setting)
Weight
875g

GF45-100mmF4 R LM OIS WR

Construction
16 elements in 12 groups
Image Stabilization
Yes, 5 stops
Weather-Resistance
Yes
Filter Size
ø82mm
Close Focusing Distance
0.65-0.82m
Dimensions (DxL)
93x144.5mm (Wide Setting)
Weight
1005g

GF100-200mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR

Construction
20 elements in 13 groups
Image Stabilization
Yes, 5 stops
Weather-Resistance
Yes
Filter Size
ø67mm
Close Focusing Distance
0.6m
Dimensions (DxL)
89.5x183mm
Weight
1050g