A couple of weeks ago I had to have service done on one of our cars. As we happen to have our service done by the car dealer of which our son-in-law is a co-owner, it is often possible to get a loan car a little out of the ordinary. This time I was lucky enough to borrow the new Land Rover Defender. Specifically a Defender 110 D240 “First edition”.

This car is the re-invention of the classic well known Defender. I know many people do not consider this Defender to be a “real” Defender. It is too refined, not rough enough it can not be repaired with a hammer and a roll of duct tape. Some go so far as to call it the “Land Rover Pretender”.
I will partly agree with these people. It is not the same as the old model …. but it is a great car anyway.
…. and yes, my dream car is one of the old Defenders, a 110 Crew cab which has been slightly rebuilt ….. I have a clear vision of the car in my head 😉

But this is not a car review!! This is a carlover with a camera on a small road trip in a fancy new car so not so much writing from now on….and more photos!!

A night out

I picked up the car in the afternoon and had planned to drive out to a highway bridge when it got dark. I know a great spot for car photography that I have used before

Unfortunately it started to rain just as I reached the bridge and after 15 minutes of waiting I gave up and turned the car home. On the way back I came past this gas station and it was obvious to take a few pictures there …. especially since the the X fits me with a X camera from Fujifilm 🙂
All photos are shot with a X-T2 + the 16-55mm f/2,8 and the 50-140mm f/2,8

The road trip

The next morning it was time to get out on the road ….. and on the beach. I had planned for the trip to go from the home address and out to Rømø on the west coast of Jutland.
Here is the opportunity to drive down to the beach itself which I thought could give some interesting photos of the car.
Unfortunately the weather was not the best …. pretty gray so at least there was no possibility to make any dramatic cloud pictures with the car.

I started by taking some photos at home in our courtyard to “warm up” for the day.

On the way to Rømø I passed a small forest where I could park the car. Took only a few single pictures as the possibilities to vary were limited. Instead, I tried to make a few different edits to the files when I got home.
You can get very different expressions in the individual photos depending on which editor you choose. However, I chose to go with the muted greenish toning of the images most of the time as I think it fit the car well.

On the beach

When I arrived at the beach I spent a few hours shooting photos at different angles of the car which can be seen below.


Before returning home, I drove around the island a bit. I saw a couple of F16 fighters from the Danish Air Force who were on shooting training. But I also found an old disused factory where I got a couple of urbex photos of the car as the last ones.


At the moment here in Denmark we have some foggy mornings…..but since I’m not a morning person I don’t have many of those kind of photos.

But I was inspired by my good friend Anders Keis Hansen who did some great photos from Aalborg Harbour last week (see his cover picture on FB)
So…..this morning I went down to “my” harbour Kolby Kås near our summerhouse on the island Samsø.
The fog was rather dense….but not so much that I couldn’t get element of the picture that wasn’t all clear.

On the way to the harbour I made a quick stop at Kolby Mølle to see if I could find a good angle to shoot a foggy picture of it. Since the mill stands alone on a small hill there wasn’t that many options….so only one photo!

ISO 200, 25mm, 1/400 sec and f/2,8

With me I had my old reliable Fujifilm X-T2 and the allround 16-55 f/2,8 Fujinon lens.
After 20 minutes i had the photos i felt i could get out of the morning…much faster than writing this blog post 🙂

On my way back to the summerhouse I went by Vesborg Lighthouse to get a picture I had in mind. A picture with an old tree by the road with the lighthouse in the background
With this photo I ended my foggy morning 🙂

The last of the triplets

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.

Photo taken by Ricky Sam Winther from


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.

The shooting

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!! 🙂

The lens

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 🙂

It’s ok to take Pictures, but please stay out of the field. Thanks