Santa Claus brought me this… The GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR, a.k.a. the pancake lens from Fuji’s medium format system.
If you cared to read this post here, you would know that I ordered this lens back in December. I was supposed to bring it with me to Portugal for my 2 week Christmas break. Only that it didn’t arrive on time for my trip…
So back to my hometown and first things first, I had to drop by my local camera store to pick up this lens.
Currently the GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR is the smallest lens from Fuji’s GF system and is considerably small and light for a medium format lens. Even more so when you compare it to the other lenses from the GF system.
This lens is small and light and when coupled to the Fuji GFX 50R the camera feels comfortable and agile.
Everything is relative and the GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR is not small in absolute terms. Or should I say it is small for a medium format lens only. Because in reality this lens is the equivalent size of any full-frame 50mm f/1.8-ish prime. In fact, it reminds me of my old Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM.
In any case, pancake is a category that has to do with the proportions of the lens and this one ticks the box with its short body. So that makes it look small and feel small.
I’ve yet to use it in real world – only had a couple of shots at home to make sure everything is ok. Need some time to test it properly and will post a review somewhere down the line.