“The Fujifilm GF80mm F1.7 is a short telephoto lens that is ideally suited to portraiture. I’m principally a portrait photographer so when this lens was released I felt compelled to give it a go. Now it’s fair to say that I’m in love with the rendering of the GF80mm lens. The image is pin sharp where it needs to be and the bokeh is calm and smooth. I really don’t like bokeh that draws attention to itself. There is a hint of chromatic abberation but Lightroom sorts it out automagically on the fly.
Previous to buying this lens I’ve been really happy with my two-lens set-up comprising the GF32-64mm and the GF110mm. It’s a combination that I’ve used exclusively with my GFX50s for the past 6 years. The main difference with the 80mm lens over the 110mm lens is the extra environment or narrative that is included in the frame. By using a closer camera to subject distance for the same framing there is more intimacy too. I still love the GF110mm lens, but the GF80mm is now well established in my camera bag.
Do I need the 80mm and the 110mm lenses? No, but seing as 99% of my work is portraiture on location the differences in the field of view are significant enough for me to warrant owning both lenses. Feel free to look at the Fujifilm GF110mm F2 gallery that I created here to compare.”
A collection of photographs by Damien Lovegrove
All the photographs in this gallery were taken with the Fujifilm GF80mm F1.7 R WR lens on a GFX50s camera. The camera was on a tripod for every shot and the lens was wide open at f1.7 for the vast majority of the captures.
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“The differences between images taken with the GF 80mm and GF 110mm lenses are subtle but it is well worth owning both lenses if you shoot environmental portraits on location” Damien Lovegrove
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