A Look at the Ridiculous Fujifilm GF 80mm f/1.7 R WR Lens

Medium format lenses generally have narrower apertures than their full frame counterparts, and it is very rare to see one that opens wider than f/2, which is what makes the Fujifilm GF 80mm f/1.7 R WR so intriguing. This excellent video review takes a look at the lens, including its performance and image quality, and also offers some helpful portrait posing tips in the process.

Coming to you from Julia Trotti, this great video review takes a look at the Fujifilm GF 80mm f/1.7 R WR lens. At f/1.7, the lens opens up almost a half of a stop wider than even the highly respected GF 110mm f/2, and with a 63mm-equivalent focal length, it looks to be a versatile lens, suitable for anything from portraiture to low-light events coverage. Alongside the extreme design, the lens has an array of features to improve performance and image quality, including two Super ED elements for reduced chromatic aberrations, an aspherical elements for reduced distortion and increased sharpness, dust- and weather-sealing, fluorine-coated front element, and rounded nine-blade diaphragm for smoother bokeh. Altogether, it looks like quite the premium option for portrait photographers. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Trotti. 

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Thomas Starlit's picture

Before we lose our minds about the "extreme design", let's remember that it has the same DoF and FoV as a 58mm f1.2 lens on full frame. In practice, no one would be able to tell the difference between this and a 50mm f1.2 on FF.

Anywaze, compared to Sony that I am familiar with it was interesting to see the live view screen footage. The focusing seems slow, struggling to keep up with the model. Is that the way Fuji's are, or is it the lens that is that way?

Euron G's picture

Not sure if you are trolling or not but yes, medium format cameras and lenses are obviously much slower than full frame cameras. They have a much bigger sensor. That being said, the GFX100S is incredibly fast compared to pretty much every other medium format camera out there (Hasselblads are much slower, as are the GFX50R or 50S). As for the GF80mm F1.7, since it doesn't have linear motors, it's slower than many other GFX lenses but it is still quite fast on the GFX100S. I have no complaints. The GF110mm F2 focuses faster.

Thomas Starlit's picture

Not trolling. Explain to me why a bigger sensor would lead to slower camera? If that was true, would crop not focus faster than FF?

Rhys George's picture

Assuming you’re genuinely not trolling, the technology for larger sensors hasn’t existed, for the most part AF sensors for medium format have been low focus point, contrast detect systems. Fuji have broken new ground developing corner to corner coverage first in contrast detect form on the GFX 50s & 50r and since the GFX 100 phase detection auto focus. It’s still in its infancy which is what makes the AF speed even when slow compared to Sony full frame so impressive, I’ve used medium format since I could adapt a phase one back onto a Mamiya RZ67 and trust me the leap forward in price point and feature integration is decimating the alternatives; Hasselblad, phase one and Leaf have been well and truly left behind on a system that can cost as little as 25% of its competition.

Greg Wilson's picture

Another clickbait. Want something ridiculous and mind-blowing? How about Minolta Rokkor 58/1.2 from 1967? You can still grab on on ebay at around $300

Pan daBear's picture

Lol I swear Fujifilm built this whole system just to troll the “full frame” sensor fanatics. Oh, the X system isn’t professional enough because it’s APS-C? Well, here’s a sensor bigger than full frame!

Now those same losers who espoused the benefits of FF are arguing that sensor size doesn’t matter. Genius!

Rhonald Rose's picture

It's true 😀 it's funny how sensor size matters up until you reach full frame and then it doesn't matter. Fujifilm is taunting, and feeding many such people very well.

JEFF STANLEY's picture

in addition, Fuji taunts the photo boards just by not being Sony - which as everyone is supposed to know is the end all be all of cameras.

Ed die's picture

There is no FF 50mm f/1.2 equivalent in APS-C or m4/3. If you want a lens like that, you simply cannot have it. But this lens is basically a FF 50mm f/1.2 equivalent (slightly longer). So the systems are easily comparable.

Right now Fuji's GFX system doesn't have lenses equivalent to a pretty basic portrait photographer's setup of a 35mm f/1.4 + 85mm f/1.4, because those aperture equivalents are simply not available on GFX. A 35mm f/1.8 will get you shallower depth of field than a mini-MF 45mm f/2.8, which begs the question what exactly is the point of mini-MF?

This lens is a step in the right direction for GFX, they just need a lot more of these, and they need f/1.4 lenses to make a statement.

Pan daBear's picture

Look daddy I found a bokeh whore! Not everyone needs to blur the ever-loving shit out of their backgrounds to conceal their lack of photographic skill.

Why don't you cherry pick some more lenses to build your shitty “argument.” Or better yet, follow up on your last name, loser! Lol

Happy first comment.

Jon The Baptist's picture

I love mirrorless cameras, but if there's one thing I hate that's become the norm, are people not using the viewfinder anymore.

It's a 100MP medium format camera, not a goddamn iPhone. She looks like some Basic B who Instagram's her brunch every other day.

Pan daBear's picture

Cool we’re gatekeeping the way people use their cameras now? There are two screens on a mirrorless camera people can use to compose their shot: she wants to use the bigger one. Big fucking deal, man.