FUJINON GF 35-70mm f/4.5-5.6 WR Lens – First Impressions

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Fujifilm GF 35-70 in its smallest form

I’ve had the last couple days to play around with the new Fujifilm GF 35-70mm zoom and I’d have to say that I’m impressed with what is the smallest zoom in the GF lens lineup.

Significantly smaller and lighter than the GF 32-64mm zoom, this lens does lack one important feature… a physical aperture ring. If you’re shooting aperture priority, you’ll want to click into your front wheel to toggle input to f-stop from the usual ISO behavior of that dial.

Fujifilm GF 35-70mm vs Fujifilm GF 32-64mm

It’s no speed demon with a variable f/4.5-f/5.6 maximum f-stop, but that being said, the optical performance of this diminutive lens is quite impressive.

I test a lot of lenses here and one of my first tests on any given optic is my Center-Left-Right test. I shoot an object in the center of the frame and then pan the camera right so that the same detail is rendered on the far left of the frame and then pan left to reverse the sample. Once I’m back inside on my computer, I then compare center to left & right.

75′ from my tripod to the window across the street

The import naming tokens in Capture One are of great benefit when I’m testing equipment because on import I can have the frames automatically named with the Lens Name as well as the increment of zoom the frame was shot with.

Capture One import naming via automated tokens

Zoom lenses always pale in comparison to primes when it comes to this test, but the 35-70 performed admirably in this impromptu evaluation. All frames were shot at f8 on the Fujifilm GFX 50S II.

Wide Test
Wide Test Details
Telephoto Test
Telephoto Test Details

Small, light and very functional, this is a perfect all around lens to have mounted up. Well done Fujifilm. -BK

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