My Fuji GFX100 arrived, and it works!

September 29, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Unfortunately I can't shoot photos with it yet, because I don't have any lenses or adapters for it yet. I had trouble buying adapters on eBay, so a friend told me he would buy one for me. I sent him a link to it. Hopefully it will come soon, and I can use my Asahi (Pentax) 6x7 lens on it (a 135mm f4 macro), and as a side-affect (or maybe you'd call it a bonus), I should be able to use my Nikon lenses on the Fuji medium format camera too. All these will be manual focus only, but that's o.k. I'm used to that sort of thing, because I shoot with m42 lenses on my Nikon and Sigma cameras from time to time, and I recently got the medium format 135mm macro, and an adapter to mount it on my Nikon D810. Here's an example photo from it:

DSC_2467DSC_2467Here's a sample jpeg image right off the card from my Nikon D810, using the 135mm f4 6x7 lens at f8. I wanted to step up to f11 to get more depth of field, but I felt that would compromise the sharpness of the image a little, and I wanted to show how sharp this lens is. I really need to shoot some more photos, such as some photos of something with a sign/sticker with small writing on it.

That photo above is from my Nikon D810 - not the new (to me) Fuji GFX100. I don't have the adapter to mount the lens on my Fuji yet.

Here's what that old Pentax macro lens looks like on my Nikon D810:


I shot this photo above with my Sigma SD Quattro H and my 50mm f2.8 EX macro set to 1/800 sec. (The image above is just an OOC jpeg.) I just wanted you to be able to at least see the old macro lens I plan to use on my new (to me) Fuji GFX100.

This lens should be a good fit for the Fuji GFX100, since it will be equivalent to a shorter focal length on that camera (about equivalent to a 105mm macro on the Nikon). The Fuji has IBIS too, so I should be able to handhold down to some pretty slow shutter speeds, like 1/30 or even 1/15 second. I'll create a gallery of photos from the GFX100, using various lenses (only this one at first, no doubt). Eventually I plan to get Fuji's 45-100mm and 110mm f2 lens (for portraits/fashion mostly). I also plan to get some longer lenses and the new Fuji 20-35mm wide-angle zoom, but that lens is quite pricey, so it will be a while before I can post anything from that lens. In fact, I don't even expect to get the 110mm f2 this year, because that too is quite a pricey lens.

I'm hoping the Fuji GFX100 will help me step my photography up to a higher level. I know there are plenty of people who would say it's not the camera or the lenses, but the photographer behind them. I agree to a degree, but I did step up my game when I got my Canon 5 D and some really good lenses, so maybe I can make that happen with this new camera too. Ultimately I need to just get out and shoot more. This should help me with that. I sure hope so.

Once I have the adapter, I'll make a new blog post all about the 135mm f4 6x7 macro lens on the Fuji GFX100, with photos of the lens on that camera.

EDIT: I ended up ordering two adapters, and the m42 adapter came in first, so I mounted my Helios 58mm lens on the GFX100 instead. See the blog post here:


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I am a versatile photographer who shoots portraits, landscapes, nature, art, and more. Scott Barton KennellyScottHere I was on Lighthouse Reef in the out islands of Belize. I always liked this photo of myself, even though it's blurry. It's a crop from a photo someone in my family shot.
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