Fujifilm GF 35-70mm f/4.5-5.6 WR, Ø77
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Fujifilm GF3570 GF 35-70mm f/4.5-5.6 WR, Ø77 (NOV 30)
This is a brilliantly compact, lightweight zoom lens for Fuji’s ever-expanding medium-format system at an amazingly low price-point, especially if you buy one bundled with the equally new GFX 50S II camera body.
The GF 35-70mm is a sharp lens in the centre throughout the zoom and aperture range, although you need to stop down to get similar sharpness at the edges of the frame.
It exhibits almost no chromatic aberrations, has negligible distortion at either end of its range and is capable of producing nice bokeh, despite only having an f/4.5 maximum aperture.
Vignetting at wide-open apertures is the only real optical issue of note, although it’s easy enough to remove in post-processing. Alternatively stopping down the aperture by 3 stops solves this problem altogether.
Compared to its main rival, the similar GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR, the new GF 35-70mm is much smaller and less than half the weight, whilst costing a whopping £$1300 less at full retail price.
As such, it’s something of a no-brainer for both complete newcomers to the GFX system and for those who are already invested who are looking for an all-in-one zoom that delivers the goods.
The Fujinon GF35-70mm F4.5-5.6 WR is a lot like the Fujinon GF50mm f/3.5 in that both are great values that perform very well and because they are so affordable compared to other GF lenses some photographers might pass them up and view them as lesser lenses, but both are worth having in your bag.