The Fujifilm GF 80mm F1.7 R WR Is a 63mm G1.3 Equivalent Lens for the GF System

The Fujifilm GF lineup deserved a lens like the Fujifilm GF 80mm f1.7 R WR from the start–and they’re finally getting it.

When the Fujifilm GF system launched, one of the first lenses I expected was the Fujifilm GF 80mm f1.7 R WR. But that was not what we were getting. What I was always told was that “Medium format is hard to make this for!” But, I’d respond with a reminder that the GF format is larger than Full-Frame, yet it isn’t a proper medium format system since it doesn’t even reach a 645 sensor size. To that end, I’ve believed a company as innovative as Fujifilm could make f1.2 or f1.4 lenses for medium format. While I think the Fujifilm GF 80mm f1.7 R WR is a great pivot in the right direction, I’m also hoping they’ll be able to keep their cameras, autofocus technology, and image quality all pointed in the same path.

Today, Fujifilm released details about what’s on the roadmap for their lenses. Included is the Fujifilm GF 80mm f1.7 R WR. And here’s what they delivered via a press release:

Fujifilm GF 30mm F3.5 R WR

An impressive, wide-angle, prime lens. This wide-angle 30mm lens is an equivalent 24mm focal length in the 35mm film format and is a perfect solution for landscape photography. This lens will be a slim, compact, and lightweight lens offering incredible resolving power for high-resolution imaging sensors.

Fujifilm GF 80mm f1.7 R WR

A unique, wide-aperture, standard lens. A standard 80mm lens with an equivalent focal length of 63mm in the 35mm film format, which is incredibly suitable for portraiture and making images in low-light conditions.

This will be the lens with the widest aperture among GF lenses and be an incredible solution for portrait photographers who want beautiful, creamy bokeh with their GFX System Cameras. This compact and lightweight lens will have a wider angle of view than the highly popular GF100mmF2 R LM WR and deliver the same level of incredible image quality.

GFX 50S, very similar in design to the 100

The Fujifilm GF 80mm f1.7 R WR is bound to be an incredible portrait optic and general-use lens. Portrait photographers, documentary shooters, journalists, and landscape photographers will enjoy it. If you look deep into Fujifilm GFX Facebook groups, you’ll see lots of folks using old, adapted lenses from Canon and other systems. That doesn’t let them take the fullest advantage of the system. But with a lens like the Fujifilm GF 80mm f1.7 R WR, photographers will begin to take the biggest advantage of medium format-like cameras. It’s going to be great for both the Fujifilm GFX 100 and the Fujifilm GFX 50R. We’re very excited about it, and you should be too.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.