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DPRTV X Summit Reaction Video: Stacked APS-C sensor Dreams, GFX 50S II, X and GF Lens Roadmaps and More


Chris and Jordan from DRPreviewTV share their reactions to Fujifilm’s ‘X Summit 2021’ announcements: a new GFX 50S II medium format camera, new X-T30 II, new X-mount and GF-mount lenses, and a teaser for a new stacked APS-C sensor!

Here is a summary:

But before the summary, make sure to check out our X summit coverage

GF Lenses

  • GF35-70mmF4.5-5.6
  • feels fairly plastic although it has a metal mount.
  • For that price they were expecting a bad performer, but looking at the files, they saw it is super sharp, breathing is well controlled, autofocus looks good.
  • They are curious to know if this lens will be able to resolve also 100 megapixel.
  • One of their favorite kit lenses ever.
  • Chris is optimistic that it will resolve also the 100 megapixel no problem
  • GF tilt shift lens
  • Fujifilm did not unveil focal length and aperture (but FujiRumors took a close look at the mockups here and spotted that Fuji currently plans it as Fujinon GF30mm F4 R TS).
  • Lot so of people are currently adapting Canon tilt shift lenses on the GFX system, where tilt works well but you can shift only for a very small amount
  • Fujinon GF20-35mm
  • currently the widest option is the Fujinon GF23mmF4
  • Now Fuji will launch a 20-35 zoom (16-28 equivalent), but we don’t know the aperture [NOTE: in 2017 FujiRumors already leaked an internal Fujifilm roadmap where this lens was listed, and we could see it as Fujinon GF 20-36mm F3.5-4.5]
  • Jordan would like a smaller lens with an F4.5-5.6 aperture, better for travel
  • Chris hopes for a constant F4
  • Chris hopes it will take filters on the front of the lens (not on the back)
  • might be pretty bulky and expensive
  • Fujinon GF55mmF1.7
  • it will be a 45mm equivalent with super shallow depth of field

X Gear

  • Fujifilm X-T30II
  • new higher resolution LCD screen
  • Jordan says the big upgrade is that the X-T30II has the same X Processor 4 of X-T4 [admin note: also the X-T30 has the X Processor 4]
  • Chris still would pick the Fujifilm X-S10 as it has IBIS
  • Fujinon XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR
  • Jordan loved the original lens that was already very sharp, so he was shocked to hear this has all new optics in it
  • weather resistance, linear motor
  • Jordan loved the focus clutch on the original lens. All linear focus lenses are so touchy in linear focus mode. Great to use in autofocus, but a pain to use in manual focus
  • Fujinon XF150-600mm (size comparison included)
  • very exciting lens
  • how compact will it be? Floating aperture? Affordable? Expensive?
  • Tamron has announced they will make lenses for X mount (with the first one already launched, the Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3)
  • Sigma has made hints too about making X mount lenses
  • Fujifilm better release the XF150-600mm on the market as soon as possible
  • Fujinon XF18-120mm (size comparison included)
  • video optimized lens (which makes Jordan very happy :) )
  • Jordan hopes for breathing correction, power zoom
  • when manual focusing, the linear motor makes focusing quite jumpy
  • the XF18-120 will likely also have a linear motor. Hopefully it won’t be so jumpy in manual focus
  • Fujifilm says there won’t be clutches with linear motors, but Jordan hopes Fujifilm finds a way around that

Stacked BSI APS-C X-Trans sensor

  • current 26mp is backside illuminated but not stacked, and yet it is already a very fast reading out sensor
  • that gave Fujifilm lots of advantages in terms of shooting speeds and video capabilities
  • the new sensor should just up the game even further
  • Sony might be providing the sensor, and if Fuji would get the Sony A1 sensor, since it is APS-C it could read out twice as fast as the Sony A1
  • That would open up all kind of possibilities like 8K60fps, Shutterless camera and what not
  • Jordan believes Fujifilm will release a couple of cameras with this sensor. Maybe one more video centric with fan as cinema version and then a Pro Sports photography version
  • faster readout also opens up possibilities for lots of computational photography stuff.

Ah, those Fujifilm X-H2 cameras can’t come soon enough ;).