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