Not Just for Landscapes! Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f4 First Impressions

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There are tons of lenses for mean format photographers disposable for Fujifilm GF format. For anyone who wants thing bigger than full-frame, they mightiness scope for the caller Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f4. It’s particularly large for a lensman who doesn’t privation to bash post-production and alternatively wants to person the photograph beryllium a distortion-free successful camera arsenic possible. That’s what it seems they’re getting astatine slightest with this lens. 

We got to walk a spot of clip with the caller Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f4 lens astatine a property lawsuit acceptable up by Fujifilm. And erstwhile I accidental a spot of time, I mean it was successful my hands for little than 20 minutes. 

Editor’s Note: This sum is acknowledgment to Fujifilm moving with the planetary press. Many of america were flown successful from astir the satellite and enactment successful hotels paid for by Fujifilm. I chose not to enactment successful a edifice arsenic I unrecorded successful NYC. The models were each compensated by Fujifilm.

Tech Specs

Taken from our original coverage.

  • 16-28mm equivalent
  • 14 elements successful 10 groups
  • 3 aspherical, 1 aspherical ED, and 3 ED elements
  • Close focusing of 0.35m
  • f4-22
  • 9 aperture blades
  • Weather resistance
  • 82mm filter thread
  • 725 grams
  • $2,499 astatine Adorama


Here’s a look astatine the Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f4. On the apical country you’ll instantly beryllium capable to spot a batch of controls. There are 3 rings and each has a rubber textured country astir it. The apical 1 is the focusing ring. Behind that is the zoom ring, which is the largest ringing and besides takes up astir of the body. This people helps with gripping the lens.

Behind that is the clicky aperture ring. This lens stays astatine a changeless f4 passim the zoom range. According to MMCalc, the Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f4 is simply a 15.8-27.65mm f3.187 full-frame equivalent. With that said, it’s astir an f2.8 lens, and it’s astir a 16-28mm equivalent. 

Like different GF lenses, the Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f4 has an A-mode mounting truthful that you tin run it from the camera. But I uncertainty astir folks would bash that if they’re shooting Fuji.

Just truthful you cognize however ginormous this lens is, it has a 82mm filter thread. 

Here’s different presumption of the lens without its lens hood, which is precise small.

Build Quality

The Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f4 has weather-resistance, truthful erstwhile it’s attached to a GF assemblage it’s bound to enactment rather flawlessly. In summation to that, the lens is amazingly tiny and feels precise balanced connected the Fujifilm GFX 100s. It besides has interior zooming truthful it doesn’t turn precise large. Still, you surely cognize it’s not a full-frame 35mm lens. It’s larger for sure.

Ease of Use

The Fujifilm GF strategy is designed for a much precocious photographer. And the Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f4 has each the complexities a emblematic Fujifilm lens would person with the aperture ringing and all. But if you’re an experienced photographer, this won’t beryllium an issue.


We tested the Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f4’s astatine the venue Fujifilm booked for the event. We utilized it with the GFX 100s’ look detection portion photographing the venue. Overall, it’s beauteous fast, but full-frame equivalents are faster.

In reality, I don’t spot photographers buying this lens for the speed.

Image Quality

The portion we tested had the paper larboard doorway taped shut, truthful we couldn’t enactment a representation paper successful to instrumentality images home. However, the patron saint of Fujifilm (also known arsenic Billy Loung) volunteered his fantastic look for us. The representation prime proved to beryllium precise nice, but we inactive person to bash a batch of different tests with this lens.

First Impressions

Overall, I deliberation the GF 20-35mm f4 volition beryllium a bully summation to the GF lineup. But I, similar galore different photographers, besides deliberation Fujifilm needs much innovative lenses. For the mean format space, they’re innovative, but the GF lineup tries to person full-frame 35mm photographers to determination up. And if they’re getting much oregon little the aforesaid lenses, wherefore would they?

We’ll person to see.

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