First Look Review: Fujinon GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR

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Reaching Out: GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR

The new GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR and the optional GF1.4x TC WR teleconverter lens bring genuine telephoto capability to the evolving Fujifilm GFX medium format system. Featuring impressive detail resolution and three-dimensional subject rendering, the rather moderately priced GF250mm equals a 198 mm lens in 35 mm “full-frame” terms, and its reach can be stretched to 350 mm by attaching the new 1.4x teleconverter. Fujifilm’s GF product introductions are completed by two macro expansion tubes that work with almost all existing GF lenses and can turn the GF120mmF4 into a true 1:1 macro lens.

So is it all worth it? You should be able to decide for yourself after reading this first-look review based on pre-production samples of the GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR, GF1.4x TC WR, MCEX-18G WR and MCEX-45G WR.

by Rico Pfirstinger

The new GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR is an impressive lens with an impressive size, so I was surprised to learn that it looks heavier than it actually feels. At approx. 1.4 kg, it certainly doesn’t fit into the “lightweight” category, but I could easily handle it without a tripod, and using its built-in 5 stop optical image stabilizer (OIS), I accomplished hand-held shots as slow as 1/20 s with perfectly pixel-sharp results. That’s pretty good for a lens with a 35 mm “full-frame” equivalent of 198 mm and an angle-of-view of merely 12.5 degrees.

The new GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR, shot with an XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro on my X-H1

Tripod Or Not?

I didn’t use the lens on a tripod during my two-and-a-half weeks of playing with a pre-production copy, but I usually opted to put it on a carbon monopod. This allowed me to comfortably shoot from lower angles using the camera’s up-tilting rear LCD screen. To facilitate this, the GF250mm comes with a detachable tripod/monopod collar which can be single-handedly removed in a matter of seconds. As usual, you can loosen the holding screw and rotate the camera-lens combo in the collar to quickly change between landscape and portrait orientation.

My GFX 50S with the GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR and the GF1.4x TC WR teleconverter mounted on a tripod for staging purposes. While my standard Arca Swiss plates from Sirui fit well under the tripod collar, I assume that Fujifilm will offer their own Arca-type plate as an accessory, like they did for the XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR (which incidentally is the lens I used to take this picture). 

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