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Medium format brings with it bulkier and heavier lenses mated to large cameras, but what of medium format with a top-performing lens of the same weight as even diminutive Leica M rangefinder lenses?
Equivalent to a ~40mm f/2.9 in 35mm-format terms, the 12 oz = 335-gram Fujifilm GF 50/3.5 lacks the lens speed, but nails it on weight and yet feels like a well-built substantial thing. Now that is a 'carry' proposition you will love—and I sure did while using the 50/3.5 for six weeks or so in the field. I found myself always preferring to head out with the 50/3.5 by default, every time, even if I knew I had to do shooting with other lenses—the 50/3.5 is just such a pleasure to work with.
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