I had planned a vacation in Japan and decided that I’d be an idiot if I didn’t do a project with Fujifilm on their home turf. We contacted local model Sayaka Ito and makeup artist Toriguchi Emi to and got to work at Dumbo Studio in Tokyo. I later took it around Japan for the remainder of my trip.
I’ve been shooting with the GFX50s on and off for a few months now. I don’t actually own one but I’m priveleged enough to be able to ask for it from Fujifilm Middle East whenever I have an interesting enough project. However, this would be the first time I try the 23mm f4 and the 110mm f2.
These two lenses are not my favourite for studio work. Here’s why:
- The 110mm boasts an aperture of f2 but I’m usually at f8-f11 anyway so that doesn’t do much for me.
- A good set of studio lights are usually too powerful for f2 at ISO100 at their lowest output.
- The 120mm has a macro option so you can get right into the models eyes, or details on a product
- Frankly, the difference in focal length between 110mm and 120mm doesn’t seem much to me.
- This lens is a little too wide for my taste in a small or medium studio and it’s difficult to keep things out of the frame
Outside the STUDIO
Take these two lenses outside the studio and it’s a whole other ball game.
- The depth of field here is phenomenal. The creaminess of the background at f2 is almost edible. Yes, edible. I want to eat it.
- This lens/camera combination makes you want to shoot differently. I generally shoot tight portraits, but with this combo I found myself wanting to include as much of the background as possible.
- I thought this was pretty wide in the studio, but taking it outside I really got to know how wide it is. However high a structure is and however close to it you are, you can still get it in the frame. I loved that
- The depth of field was very impressive as well. Very shallow at f4 yet so sharp when you nail it. Plus, creamy background and super deep feeling to the photo
In conclusion, if you shoot outdoors a lot then these lenses are for you. If you’re a studio guy/gal then stick with the 120mm f4 macro and the 32-64mm f4. However, keep in mind the GFX is not a run and gun system. I found myself thinking twice before carrying it around a city due to its weight. So unless you know these photos are going to be used for something special and not just on your instagram page then stick with a smaller system.