Damien Love­grove

Favourite lens Fu­ji­non GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR

Amateur Photographer - - Technique | Mirrorless Lenses Of The Pros -

I’ve been a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher for 33 years and I’m very picky about lenses. I’ve been a prime lens shooter for most of my ca­reer, even into the mir­ror­less era, but right now the out­stand­ing lens in my line-up is the Fu­ji­non GF 32- 64mm f/4 for the GFX. This GF wide zoom lens is large, re­as­sur­ingly weighty and beau­ti­fully made. What is sur­pris­ing though is the zoom’s com­par­a­tive great value. It is less ex­pen­sive than my sec­ond-favourite lens, the GF 110mm f/2 prime. There’s a lot more ‘stuff’ in the zoom. More bits move around and the optical qual­ity is ex­em­plary. The field of view of this wide-to-stan­dard zoom is spot on. If I were set­ting out a lens col­lec­tion for a new cam­era line I’d have not even thought of such an op­tion. Fo­cal length of 25mm to 50mm in clas­sic full-frame terms is sur­pris­ing and un­prece­dented; I would have ex­pected a mod­er­ate wide to mod­er­ate tele­photo but I’m so glad it’s not av­er­age. My por­trai­ture has evolved and I find my­self shoot­ing wider im­ages with my sub­ject oc­cu­py­ing less of the frame. This shift in style co­in­cided with my move to the Fujifilm GFX 50S. I’ve slowed my shoot­ing rate down too and I now use a tri­pod. Peo­ple talk about ‘3D pop’ and sub­ject sepa­ra­tion with cer­tain lenses, and most of it is non­sense, how­ever the ren­der­ing of a scene is re­ally im­por­tant to me and the way the out- of-fo­cus ar­eas are han­dled needs to be calm and with­out dis­trac­tions. The 32- 64mm Fu­ji­non does a fab­u­lous job and has a beau­ti­fully neu­tral look. It is pin sharp, and just about ev­ery photo I take is shot with the lens wide open at f/4.

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