So I’ve had the GFX for over a year now and pretty much use it for all of my work. The last two bits of glass I bought were the 110mm and then finally the 23mm. Any good? Yeah pretty much, what else would you expect from 5k’s worth. For me the 23mm was becoming more of a go to lens for business work , enabling to fit in full shots of hospitality suites and architectural features for client brochures. I do some landscape work , I say work I actually mean “oh that’s a nice hill” click click. Aside from that it is a stunning lens and although super wide , roughly 18mm in 35mm terms it can be used for reportage and well composed internal shots.
The distortion with the 23mm is pretty much what you’d expect , no odd curves here just straight lines. Don’t be afraid of just snapping and worrying about photoshop later, you wont need it. Obviously I’m getting ahead of myself , you will want to straighten the edges for certain work. But and its a big but, this glass saves you time and the camera does to with the 50mp files . No wonky lines to contend with just a bit of pulling the verticals vertical and your done. F4 is it a deal breaker ? Erm no considering the work you’ll be doing with this lens. It’s fast enough to focus , I did’nt time it as I have better things to be doing like taking pics . I have seen a lot of people using mount converters with Canon tilt shift glass and other obscure brands which if that’s your thing then fill your boots. Personally if you want a tack sharp lens corner to corner with no distortion why settle putting (an incorrect) lens on? No excuse it being expensive , you have just bought a five grand camera.
The 110mm the portrait photographers dream . Yes and no , in short I shoot a lot of portraiture using the 45mm and 63mm depending on subject and space and many other things which I shouldn’t have to explain if your reading this, you should already know.. For anyone out there reading this who has a GFX and keeps stating they have to leave the sharpness setting at zero or turn the clarity slider to minus, please go to a hardware store and buy a hammer and smash your Fuji up.
The Lens is great for portrait and wider shots, especially for food work because of the perspective distortion. F2 is pretty much great, but I find like most of the forums I read think it is the only aperture to use, Incorrect shooting portraits depending on lighting unless in the studio f7.1 is more realistic to obtain sharpness and detail with out having a slither of focus on a retina then the rest being like cream cheese. But yes you can get away with it at a longer distance away. It’s probably the fastest focussing lens out in the GFX line up and is a great lump of plastic and glass to boot. Now I had never owned a Lens around the 85mm category before until this , I couldn’t see what the fuss was about because originally I had a canon 135mm F2L on my old body. I loved this purely because of its focal length , it wasn’t 200m and not to short so you had a bit of space between you and subject. I could do with out this bit of equipment in all honesty but it now gives me a balance between using my 90mm on the H1 and the 63mm on the GFX so again I’m in the middle, With most of my work I pretty much stick with 45mm and 110mm on the GFX and cover anything the day throws at me and the same with the H1 23mm and 90mm I’m done.
Is it worth it then? For the fastest bit of glass on the GFX, yes. Image quality rendering, yes. Wanna weight lift , yes. It’s heavy but you will get endless amounts of creamy bokeh and detail which will rip your eyes out stick sparklers into your sockets inspiring you to creat more imagery just to dribble over like a dog at dinner time.
My line up is complete now until the GFX100 arrives and then I can review that and moan about something else.
On a side note who would be interested in a podcast and or YouTube channel for more rants but face to face. I love a good argument and to nit pick.