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Shootout: Fujifilm GF 63mm f/2.8 vs 32-64mm f/4 — Pine Creek South Fork

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR
Fujifilm GF 63mm f/2.8

On a related note, see Zoom or Prime Lens?.

A key question for the Fujifilm GFX shooter might be whether the GF 32-46mm f/4 can eliminate the need for the GF 63mm f/2.8 — skipping the smaller prime altogether, the one stop of lens speed not being particularly relevant versus just raising ISO one stop. I wanted to answer this question on my recent trip.

In terms of subject matter, this scene below was not my preferred subject of the three that were shot to cross-check, but it is the one that offers the most clear-cut view of what is going on. Moreover a far distance scene is the most demanding of any test, mercilessly revealing all weaknesses.

Compared: Fujifilm GF 63mm f/2.8 vs 32-64mm f/4

Image sizes up to full resolution from f/2.8 and f/4 through f/9.

 

f2.8 @ 1/2700 sec, ISO 100; 2017-04-03 11:17:21
GFX 50S + Fujifilm GF 63mm f/2.8 R WR @ 51.8mm equiv (63mm)

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