Affordable Vintage Lenses For Digital Medium Format Fujifilm GFX 50R

Fujifilm’s GFX system of digital medium format cameras has been getting a lot of buzz lately, and with good reason. The combination of Fujifilm‘s iconic film simulation modes, their intelligent and intuitive ergonomics, and a super-high-resolution image sensor 1.7 times larger than full frame is enough to make any photographer’s ears perk up.

With such big, impressive bodies come big, impressive lenses. Fuji’s G-mount glass is precision-crafted, often with image stabilization and quick autofocus. All of this means that they also come with a steep price tag.

One of the best ways to experiment with your images is to use older, vintage lenses in order to keep costs down. In the video below, Andrew shows us his trio of lenses from Mamiya, each purchased for around $150. “If I were to go out and get three lenses in GFX land, I would spend around $7,000,” he notes.

Follow Andrew as he tests a batch of lenses on his GFX 50R, comparing the images and operation of the vintage Mamiya 80mm f/2.8 N, Mamiya 55-110mm f/4.5, and Mamiya 110 f/2.8 N glass to the modern Fujifilm GF 45-100mm f/4 R.




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