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Fujifilm GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR

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Fujifilm GF 50mm f/3.5: Awesome First Choice for Fujifilm Medium Format (May 2020)

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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Crescent Moon over Owens Lake
f8 @ 6.5 sec EFC shutter, ISO 100; 2020-04-19 05:44:25
Fujifilm GFX100 + Fujifilm GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR @ 41mm equiv (50mm)
ENV: Mt Whitney foothills, altitude 6412 ft / 1954 m, 35°F / 1°C
RAW: Enhance Details, LACA corrected, distortion corrected, vignetting corrected, pull 2.33 stops, +100 Shadows, -50 Highlights, +60 Whites, +100 Blacks, +20 Clarity, USM {10,50,0}

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