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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 GFX50S, GFX50R, and GFX100 are so compact for larger format models.

Learn photography with Fujifilm, Pick the GF Lens for Your Photo Style

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.

Photograph of BROOKLYN BRIDGE made with FUJINON GF23mmF4 R LM WR

Photo © Derek Fahsbender

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.

Expansive wide photo of mother and child walking on deserted sandy beach on a fine day. Made with GF30mmF3.5 R WR

Photo © Alison Conklin

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.

Boy playing with ball illuminated by golden sunlight against a background of dark shadow

Photo © Ben Chrisman

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.

Distant twin propellor engine plane flying against a blue sky framed between the leaves of a plant in the foreground

Photo © Kirth Bobb

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.

Portrait of smiling woman lying in bed smiling illuminated by a streak of natural sunlight

Photo © Ryan & Heidi Browne

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.

Portrait of a bride with a colourful head dress pictured in front of a vibrant floral display.

Photo © Petronella Lugemwa

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.

Macro photograph of a fly on a flower

Photo © Karen Hutton

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.

White mountain goat and kid walking up a steep rocky ridge, framed against clear blue sky.

Photo © Seth K. Hughes

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.

Close up of hands playing mini trumpet

Photo © Ibarionex Perello

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.

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.

Photograph of two geese standing on a rock surrounded by azure water that is clear enough to show the rocks below.

Photo © Karen Hutton

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