Review of the GF 30mm F3.5 R WR
This is my first review ever, so it will probably be a good idea to tell a little about myself before going over and looking at the lens.
My name is Kaare Bak, I am a gray-haired (yes, I am over 50) hobby photographer from Denmark. I photograph a little of every thing….however, I have my primary focus on long exposure, landscape and architecture, which the image examples in this review also will display. I usually shoot with the X-T2 and X70, so I’m not a daily user of the GFX system, but I am fortunate to lend it now and then.
In other reviews, I often see a form of disclaimer and such one I also have to come up with so that no misunderstandings arise. I am not an official Fuji X photographer and I have no connection to Fujifilm, besides shooting with Fujifilm’s cameras and have done so since I acquired an X100T years ago.
I buy my cameras and lenses from local Danish dealers, but occasionally I am fortunate enough to be able to borrow products from Fujifilm Denmark, as in this case.
I love the vast majority of Fujifilm lenses and camera I have tried, and are therefore somewhat biased in my approach to testing this GF 30mm f3.5 lens.
I was asked by Fujifilm in Denmark if I would be interested in doing an unofficial review of this new lens since I do a lot of wide angle photos. When I shoot landscape and partly also architecture, I often use my X-T2 with the Fujinon XF 16-55 f2.8 at 16 mm. The focal length provides an image section that is roughly the same as the test lens here provides on the medium format camera equivalent to about 24mm on full frame. Maybe that’s why it struck me as very easy to handle.
I’ve had the opportunity to shoot with the 30mm for a couple of weeks and I have to say I’m impressed with what it delivers. That you hopefully will see when it comes to the pictures later in the review.
But now over to what it is all about, the new GF 30mm f3.5 that was launched the other day. In my headline I called the lens for the last of the triangles and this is because I see the 30mm as the smallest of triangles in the range of 30 to 63mm where the other two are 45 and 63mm. The photographers who swear to zoom lenses have long had a lens that covered the focal length of the triangles, namely GF 32-64 f4.0. With the launch of the GF 30mm f3.5, the photographers who swear to prime lenses have now met that need.
Now I know that someone out there thinks that there is also a 50mm for the GFX system. That is correct but I see it more as an “adopted” lens. It is so different from the other three that in my opinion it falls outside the category. I think Fujifilm should make a GFX copy of their X100 series putting the 50mm on. A GFX 50R with fixed 50mm !! It have to be a wet dream for every street photographer!! 🙂
All the pictures of the lens are taken after a day of long exposure shooting, so yes the lens is not total clean…but then again….it’s a tool and tools should be used.
This is not official product shots…….Jonas Rask shoot those…check them and al the other fantastic pictures out on his page. 🙂
Fujinon GF 30mm f / 3.5 is designed so that it consists of 13 lens elements in 10 groups incl. 2 spherical elements and 2 ED elements, to effectively minimize the occurrence of spherical and chromatic aberration and thus provide the best image quality. The lens has an incredibly high resolution capability and is compatible with Fujifilm’s 102 mega-pixel GFX100 camera. In addition, the lens is also weather-sealed and resists dust and dirt, as well as moisture and can withstand low temperatures. All in all a great build lens for outdoor shooting.
The shape of this lens isn’t the prettiest. I think that lenses where the front element isn’t the largest look strange…but maybe it’s just me, and the lens performs brilliant so what the heck 🙂
Length is close to 100mm…99,4 to be exact. Width is 84mm and it weigh no more than 510 gram which is nice if you have it with you on a long walk.
Filter diameter is only 58mm which is smaller than most of my lenses for the X-system.
If you compare the 30mm with the 45 and 63 you will find that it’s heavier 510 gram versus 490 and 405 gram. It’s also longer 99,4 mm versus 88 and 71 mm. The diameter is the same for all 3 : 84 mm
The quality of the photos that it produces ist no less than great. There is great sharpness corner to corner. Very low….or no distortion at all as well as lack of vignetting. The image quality again is fantastic and when you put it on the GFX100….you can crop all you want and get just the frame you want.
So all in all would this lens be one I would buy (if I get the GFX-system) or is there better options for me in the many Fujinon G-lenses.
YES…I would buy the 30mm!!
Although landscape photographers often use very wide lenses I tend to shoot most around the 24mm FF as I mentioned earlier. Therefore this little gem of a lens would of course get a place in my photo bag.
If I put together the dream prime lens setup I would also get the 23mm for the wider shots, the 63mm for closeup and the amazing 110mm for portraits….but that will be when I win the lottery 🙂
But enough writing!! Now it’s time for some photos!!
All photos are taken with the GF 30mm f3,5 on a GFX100. The photos have all been edited in Lightroom.
I hope you enjoyed the review and the photos….happy shooting to you all 🙂