In the age-old tradition of modern product launches, Fujifilm’s X-Summit ended with one “last thing” after the main event of the 40MP X-H2’s introduction (opens in a new tab)the GF20-35mm (opens in a new tab)and the second generation XF56mm f/1.2 (opens in a new tab).
The ‘last thing’ at the X-Summit in New York (opens in a new tab) turned out to be actually two new products – a pair of tilting lenses for the GFX system – which were shown on stage at the end of the presentation. Last year, Fujifilm added the promise of a tilting lens to its GF roadmap (opens in a new tab) – but didn’t give us the focal length or maximum aperture. The only thing we were told was that this perspective control lens would be introduced in 2023.
What we know now isn’t just that they’re working on a pair of flip lenses. (opens in a new tab) for the GFX family of medium format cameras – but also the focal lengths. What we’ll get is a Fujinon GF30mm f/5.6 T/S and a Fujinon GF 100mm f/5.6 T/S Macro – each of which will appeal to very different types of photographers.
Fujifilm GF30mm f/5.6 T/S
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The 30mm is a classic wide-angle tilt-shift – which will particularly appeal to architectural and interior photographers. With a 24mm focal length on a full frame camera, the ability to move the front part of the lens up and down to correct converging verticals.
Fujifilm GF 100mm f/5.6 T/S Macro
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The 110mm, on the other hand, is designed for product and food photography – offering an angle of view equivalent to 85mm on a full-frame camera. We also know the lens offers a degree of macro capability – which has obvious use when photographing relatively small objects at close distances in a studio scenario. Here, the tilt controls are just as important as the tilt controls – as they allow you to correct or exaggerate the distortion of a subject’s shape and increase or decrease the depth of field.
For now at least, we don’t have any other tech specs for the lenses – but judging from the samples we’ve seen and photographed, none of the lenses are particularly large for a flip lens – and they offer what looks like a decent degree of tilt and shift movements.
The Fujifilm GF lens roadmap has not been officially updated, so we have no confirmation that these two lenses will arrive in 2023 – although it seems likely that they will now be introduced as a pair in the year next.
The launch would be a significant boost for the GFX system. Canon and Nikon make tilt-shift lenses – but these were made for its full-frame DSLRs (opens in a new tab)not its newest full frame mirrorless (opens in a new tab) models.
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