Fujifilm Launching New Tilt-Shift Lenses for GFX Medium Format Cameras
One of the less noted surprises at Fujifilm X-Summit in NYC just days ago was the announcement of not just one tilt-shift GF Fujinon lens, but two. To add to the surprise factor of the announcement, the iconic brand waited until near the end of the main event to present the two lenses almost as an afterthought, though they’re far from that.
Fujifilm first announced its hotly-anticipated, upcoming 40MP X-H2 APS-C camera, with the largest sensor ever in such a model. The brand then also revealed a couple of new lenses, the GF20-35mm and the newest edition of the XF56mm f/1.2, which both offer a whole list of superb specs. Finally, to close things off, the pair of tilt-shift lenses were announced.
Fujifilm has been promising new tilt-shift models for its GFX system since last year but with few details about their key specs. Now the brand has revealed that they are coming and that they will offer 30mm and 100mm focal lengths.
The two models are called the Fujinon GF30mm f/5.6 T/S and the Fujinon GF 110mm f/5.6 T/S Macro. As these essential specs make clear, each lens model will be useful for its own distinct type of photography. Here’s a breakdown of the few things we know about them.
Fujinon GF30mm f/5.6 T/S
Starting with the GF30mm, we have a standard wide-angle lens format, but with tilt-shift technology. It should be especially useful for photographers who want to capture architecture, near landscape features and interior spaces. This lens model’s focal length equals 24mm on a full-frame camera and as its name implies, the lens can be shifted down or up for specific composition adjustments.
Fujifilm GF 110mm f/5.6 T/S Macro
As for the Fujifilm GF 110mm, specs are scarce but as a macro lens, this edition is aimed at photographers who want crisp close-up shots of items that need to stand out colorfully. This makes the lens ideal for product photos, food photography, up-close nature compositions and certain types of fine art shooting. The angle of view in this lens is on par with 85mm with a full-frame camera and because of its tilt capacity, it can be used in unique ways to adjust the depth of field or distort photo subject shapes as needed for dramatic or creative effects.
So far, the above is the only clear information we have about these lenses. It’s also worth noting that both models are fairly compact despite their tilt mechanisms. As for a launch date, Fujifilm has left the photography world guessing so far, but we’re guessing that both lenses will emerge in early 2023, and likely at the same time.