The Canon 85mm f1.8 on the Fujifilm GFX 50R

Michaela, Precision Camera Portrait - Austin, Texas

Michaela, Precision Camera Portrait – Austin, Texas

I’ve been going through my collection of Canon DSLR lenses and testing them on the Fuji GFX 50R. The FotodioX EF to GFX adapter may not work with every Canon lens, so I wanted to find its limitations. To my surprise, all my lenses focused, though at different speeds.

The Canon 24-105mm f4L, which I’ve featured first, is arguably my most versatile. However, the Canon 85mm f1.8 was the most surprising. While I might get some vignetting, I don’t need to put it into the 35mm crop mode. Thus, I get the full 51MP of resolution, effectively getting a 67mm f1.4 if I shoot it wide open, as I did here.

A quick test at home revealed that it might make for a usable portrait lens on the Fuji GFX 50R. I tested it further last month during Precision Camera’s Spring Expo, where Michaela was available as a model.

The GFX 50R is not the ideal portrait camera, even with native Fuji lenses. Focus is adequate but not fast, though quicker than most medium format cameras. Eye-focus is available but iffy and prone to errors. Adding the even slower focusing Canon 85mm added another level of challenges. It works, but with considerable effort. I’ll talk more about it in the next couple of posts.

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