And it’s surprisingly affordable, even though the FUJINON GF100-200mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR lens is for that rare breed, the medium format camera. A medium format camera uses a film – or a sensor in the case of a digital camera – that’s larger than full frame.

Fujifilm carries two quality camera lines. Its X-System cameras (eg here) use the APS-C format, which is smaller than full frame. Its GFX medium format range uses a 51.4-megapixel sensor, measuring 43.8mm by 32.9mm. This works out to be two thirds larger than full frame.

In addition to the enormous resolution, the large size of the sensor in a medium format camera helps with achieving a shallow depth of field, a property beloved by many professional photographers.

FUJINON GF100-200mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR

FUJINON GF100-200mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR lens

FUJINON is FujiFilm’s brand name for its lenses (like Nikkor is for Nikon). The new lens is, as the name implies, a zoom model, with a focal length from 100 to 200mm. Because the frame is oversized, in 35mm-equivalent terms that range becomes 79 to 158mm. It can also be used with the GF1.4x teleconverter, increasing the 35mm-equivalent range to 111 to 221mm.

Other features include:

  • Built-in optical image stabilisation, providing up to five stops of stability
  • High speed autofocus with a silent motor
  • Dust and weather resistance, along with the ability to work at up to -10 degrees C.

The FUJINON GF100-200mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR lens will be available in Australia from February this year and will be priced at $3,199.

As I write Fujifilm’s Australian site hasn’t yet been updated to include the new lens, but when it is it ought to appear here.