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Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5: an Easy Lens to Love

On March 29, the huge deal on the Fujinon GF 50mm f/3.5 will end.

Now DPR shared a first impressions article about this lens, and here are some of their remarks:

  • it’s sharp. Very, very sharp. Fujifilm has claimed that all the GF lenses were designed for more than 100MP of resolution
  • I was rather impressed to see essentially perfect sharpness all the way out to the extreme corners and I didn’t notice any practical difference in quality throughout the aperture range
  • I couldn’t find any chromatic aberrations in any images
  • On my GFX 50R, focusing from close to far with the 50mm seems faster than all my other GF prime lenses except the 23mm
  • It locks on almost instantly with hardly any ‘wobble’ and a barely audible ‘zip’ sound
  • Fujifilm made the autofocus of this 50mm medium format lens feel a lot more like one of the better X-mount APS-C lenses than any other medium format lens I’ve used. It’s certainly faster than manual focus on Hasselblad V system lenses, faster than Pentax 645 AF lenses, and faster than Mamiya / Phase One AF lenses I’ve used in the past
  • Close focus could be closer. […] It would be easy to suggest simply cropping into the much higher resolution GFX image
  • I’m actually very impressed by this lens’s flare resistance
  • Overall, the Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5 lens is easy to love
  • It transforms the GFX 50R into a camera that is actually very easy to carry around and shoot with casually, which is definitely NOT something you can say of most medium format gear
  • I’ve shot with some of the best, most expensive gear in the world… and this 50mm is among the sharpest lenses I’ve ever used

You can read the full article at dpreview.

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The Big Lens Roundup: Fujinon Lenses, Third Party Glass, Autofocus Adapter and More

BH Photo Explora – Mikaton Zhongyi Lenses Bring on the Speed and then Some 

Today I would like to share a rather massive lens roundup.

It will include:

  • reviews about Fringer AF Adapter
  • third party/adapted lenses
  • Fujinon lenses

It’s a lot of stuff ;).

Third Party / Adapted Lenses

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These Guys Left Full Frame Sony, Canon and Nikon for Fujifilm APS-C

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Here is a roundup about photographers, who are switching from full frame Sony, Canon and Nikon to Fujifilm X.

Mostly they say that the difference in image quality compared to full frame is negligible. But the difference in ergonomics, functionality, menu system, look, size, beautiful lenses, color science etc is much more significant. These aspects make the real difference and worth it to go with Fujifilm APS-C.

At the end, the most important thing is getting into a system that makes you want to shoot more, and Fujifilm is, for some, the best choice for that. As one of the them said:

There is something about Fujifilm, where they want you to get the most for what you pay for.

And to be clear: if you shoot any other brand, and are happy with it, then you did everything right, and you should not care about what the people below say. You have your needs, and you are right to ignore Fujifilm.

But here we are on a Fujifilm blog, so we talk about people, who shoot Fujifilm.

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Fujifilm X-T4 vs Sony A7III vs Nikon Z6 IBIS and Video Quality Comparison by Max Yuryev

Max Yuryev compared the IBIS performance and video quality of the Fujifilm X-T4 with the one of the Nikon Z6 and Sony A7III.

Details:

  • Nikon looks very sharp, but it’s because adds more sharpening and contrast
  • Nikon and Sony have 24 MP and both oversample from 6K
  • Fujifilm X-T4 oversamples from 26MP, and detail looks the same of Sony and Nikon. Just less contrast a less sharpening
  • all three look identical
  • in 4K 60p is great on the X-T4
  • going down from 4K to 1080p, Fujifilm X-T4 seems to lose less detail compared to the other
  • in 1080 the Nikon is oversharpened a lot and has more aliasing
  • the Sony does not have much aliasing, but has the least amount of detail
  • in 1080p Fujifilm is the best
  • Get the Fujifilm X-T4 if you shoot 4K or 1080p

120/240 Slow Motion:

  • Sony has 19 mbps in 120fps
  • Nikon has 26 mbps in 120fps
  • Fuji has 40 mbps in 120fps and 20 mbps at 240 fps
  • A little bit of aliasing on Sony and Fuji, but way more on Nikon
  • in the really tiny sections you can see that the Fuji has more detail
  • Sony and Nikon are similar, but Nikon more aliasing
  • at 240fps the Fuji gets lots more aliasing and loses detail
  • at 240 fps X-T4 looks slightly worse than Sony and Nikon at 120 fps
  • and yet, the 240 fps X-T4 holds up pretty good compared to the 120 fps on Sony and Nikon. Good job Fuji

IBIS

  • Nikon IBIS does not look that good
  • Sony looks even worse, and “is known to suck when you are walking with your camera“.
  • Fuji X-T4 IBIS looks way better than Sony and Nikon IBIS
  • there is a little bit of warping in the corners on X-T4
  • once he turns on electronic image stabilization and IBIS Boost,  it gets even smoother. It’s not as good as a gimbal, but it’s getting closer. Still a bit of warping in the corners
  • if you stabilize the video in post, the X-T4 footage stabilizes very well, because you don’t have those huge jitters
  • the Nikon with stabilization in post, you see all the artifacting, because there is just too much jittery shake
  • Sony is even worse, you don’t want to stabilize it in post
  • also for vlogging the IBIS works best on X-T4
  • with boost IBIS, the X-T4 is the most tripod-alike, but you get a bit of micro jitter. The Nikon has more micro jitter. The Sony has almost no micro jitter

Max Yuryev says you should keep in mind the X-T4 is still pre-production.

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List of 18 Fujinon Lenses with 6.5 stops IBIS on Fujifilm X-T4, Sony A7RIII vs Fuji X-T4 vs Gimbal IBIS Quick Test, X-H1 vs X-T4 IBIS Unit Size

Fujifilm has disclosed the full list of lenses that will get up to 6.5 stops on thanks to the Fujifilm X-T4 IBIS. You can see the comparison table below.

You will also find a picture of the X-H1 and X-T4 IBIS unit side by side.

As a little bonus, go to minute 1:46 of the video below, to see the pre-production IBIS of the X-T4 compared to the one of the Sony A7III and the X-T4 used on a gimbal.

And there is one more video comparison below, that starts from 4:37.

Of course the gimbal wins. When it comes the to the Sony A7RIII vs Fujifilm X-T4 comparison, the Fujifilm X-T4 is clearly superior, but we know that from the X-H1 already.

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