Fuji releases new 250mm f/4 lens, 1.4x teleconverter and two macro tubes for GFX medium format

Apr 12, 2018

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Fuji releases new 250mm f/4 lens, 1.4x teleconverter and two macro tubes for GFX medium format

Apr 12, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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It’s Fujifilm’s turn to make their new announcements this week, and they’ve got some that GFX medium format shooters are going to enjoy. First up, there’s the new Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR lens. It has a field of view equivalent to just under a 200mm lens on a 35mm body. So suitable for both longer distance outdoor portraits, as well as shooting closer wildlife.

But to help with the wildlife side of things, there’s also the new GF 1.4X TC WR teleconverter. Priced at an eye watering $849, it’s not exactly cheap, but if you shoot medium format digital, the word “cheap” probably isn’t in your vocabulary. Fuji haven’t forgotten macro shooters in the new announcement, though, offering both new 18mm and 45mm extension tubes.

Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR Lens

Offering a similar field of view to something like a 200mm f/2 on a “full frame” Nikon or Canon DSLR, the new Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR lens is going to be a welcome addition for many GFX outdoor portrait shooters. But at this kind of focal length, it’ll also be ideally suited to fairly close wildlife, too. Sure, you could also use it to chase your dog around the local park, but at $3,299, that’s a bit excessive.

  • Focal length: 250mm
  • Aputure: f/4-f/32
  • Mount: Fujifilm G
  • Optics: 16 elements in 10 groups
  • Minimum focus distance: 1.4m (55.12″)
  • Autofocus: Yes
  • Image stabilisation: Yes (5 stops optical)
  • Dust & weather sealed construction
  • Filter thread: 82mm
  • Dimensions: 108mm (4.25″) x 204mm (8.03″)
  • Weight: 1,425g (3.14lb)

The lens comes supplied with a hood, as well as the tripod collar. Its magnesium alloy construction is weather sealed and can operate in temperatures as low as -10°C/+14°F.

The lens is priced at $3,299 and is expected to become available in late May. Pre-orders aren’t open quite yet, but I wouldn’t expect you’ll have to wait too long.

Fujifilm GF 1.4x TC WR Teleconverter

Announced alongside the new lens is a 1.4x teleconverter. This bumps the new GF 250mm f/4 offering up to 350mm (or a 280mm 35mm field of view equivalent), with one stop of light loss. Fujifilm say it was designed specifically for use with the new GF 250mm f/4 lens, but I would imagine it’ll work just fine with other GFX lenses, too.

If you’re not planning to use it with the GF 250mm f/4, though, do check it’s compatible with yours first. At $948, that would be an expensive purchasing mistake to make. Like the above lens, the GF1.4X TC WR will also become available in late May, but pre-orders are not available yet.

Fujifilm MCEX-18G/45G WR Macro Extension Tubes

For those GFX shooters with an interest in macro, Fujifilm have announced two new GF extension tubes. The MCEX-18G WR and MCEX-45G WR offer 18mm and 45mm of extension respectively. These allow your lens to focus closer than its normal minimum focus distance to get up close and personal with your tiny subjects.

These, too, will become available in late May and pre-orders for these also aren’t available just yet. But the MCEX-18G WR and MCEX-45G WR are both priced at $329 each.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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