Fujifilm Unveils Two Tilt-Shift Lenses for Medium Format

The GF30mm F5.6 T/S and GF110mm F5.6 T/S Macro lenses from Fujifilm are the first tilt-shift lenses designed specifically for medium format mirrorless cameras.

The GF 30mm F5.6 T/S is a tilt-shift lens with a 23.6mm equivalent that is suitable for architecture work, while the 110mm F5.6 T/S Macro has an 85mm equivalent that is more appropriate for product photography. Both are manual focus designs, as is typical of tilt-shift lenses.

“The introduction of tilt shift lenses for GFX System opens doors for architectural, product, and commercial photographers to use a native G Mount lens for the first time with their GFX System cameras,” said Victor Ha, vice president, Electronic Imaging and Optical Device Divisions, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “This means that GFX System users will finally be able to achieve optimal image quality because these lenses are specifically designed to make the most of GFX System’s 55mm imaging sensor.”

Both lenses are designed to produce 85mm image circles with a ±15mm shift. It can then tilt by ±8.5 degrees. Both the tilt and shift mechanisms can be rotated independently by 90 degrees, allowing tilt or shift while shooting portrait or landscape with the option of tilt and shift operating in the same orientation. Both lenses have tilt and shift sensors that report the position of the lens to the camera (currently only supported by the GFX 100 II, but firmware for additional models is expected).

The 30mm T/S features three molded glass elements and three ED lenses, including one Super ED element, all of which are designed to correct distortion and CA without the use of software. It has Nano GI and Nano lens coatings to control ghosting and flare, and a screw-in front ring that can be removed to add a big hood to further decrease undesired flare.

The 110mm F5.6 T/S Macro lens is made up of 11 elements organized into 9 groups, including one aspherical element and two ED elements. Despite the ‘Macro’ name, the lens has a maximum magnification of 0.5x at a minimum focus distance of 0.43m.

Arriving later this month, the GF 30mm f/5.6 T/S lens will cost $4,000. The GF 110mm f/5.6 T/S Macro lens will ship by the end of September for $3,500.

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