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Fujifilm GFX 50R: The Rebirth of Medium Format – Reviews Roundup


Fujifilm GFX 50R Reviews

The Fujifilm GFX 50R has yet to ship, so there is not much to find on the web at the moment. However, some lucky photographers are already enjoying to shoot with it, and here is the latest roundup.

Fujifilm GFX 50R: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS, FocusCamera

Olaf Sztaba

One of them is Olaf Sztaba, a street photographers and big Fujifilm X-Pro2 and X100F lover. So how did he, also as a Fuji GFX 50S owner, feel to hit the streets with the more portable and travel-friendly Fujifilm GFX 50R?

And of course the big question: Fujifilm GFX 50S or Fujifilm GFX50R?

The GFX 50R is a much lighter camera, designed to be taken outside the studio. It is much more comfortable to have over your shoulder as you travel, especially if you opt for the upcoming pancake lens. However, if you want to use it with larger lenses, you may find the handling less comfortable than the GFX 50S. […] Having said that, you must keep in mind the price difference between these two cameras, which as of today is about US$1,000. If money were not an issue I would take the GFX 50S over the R.

You can read it all in his article “The Rebirth of MF” at mediumformat here.

Side note: Olaf also runs the Medium Format Magazine, which is now 20% off from yearly subscription with special discount code  GFX50R.

Ivan Joshua Loh

Also Ivan is testing the Fujifilm GFX 50R. In his article he calls it an  everyday Medium Format Camera”

It wasn’t love at first sight. I would love to see a Hybrid viewfinder like XPro on the GFX-R. The design cue is certainly closer to X-E3. As I begin shooting from days to weeks; I realized this could be my ultimate everyday medium format camera. Everyday and Medium Format are 2 words that usually don’t get along together.

As an everyday camera it will not be as agile as say; X100F but it’s worth in gold for the image quality that it present.”

Read the article “Fujifilm GFX 50R, an everyday Medium Format Camera” at ivanjoshualoh here.


TheCameraStoreTV tested the Fujifilm GFX 50R and here are their findings (video above):

  • Fuji color files are great
  • Skin tones really nice, and film simulations are really nice
  • something special about the medium format look, that is hard to put in words
  • super detailed images
  • not good in everything (no sports for example), but where it is good at, it’s unbelievable good
  • shoot much higher shutter speeds than you are used to, to get sharp images
  • camera excells in landscapes / photography with tripod
  • a bit larger than one would expect
  • still comfortable to hold in hands, but not as comfortable like GFX 50S
  • Pretty light camera
  • button/dials really well layed-out
  • touch screen not the fastest. Joystick is the better option
  • autofocus is contrast detect only. Usuable speed, though, but not for sports/action
  • very rugged, worked fine at extreme cold temperatures
  • the G lenses are amazing, great edge to edge sharpness, pleasing bokeh (very circular) and actually pretty compact for MF lenses
  • not a great camera for video
  • they end up liking the camera much more than they expected
  • insane price point for a medium format camera


Last but not least, BigHeadTaco shares his first impressions review of the Fuji GFX50R online. You can see the video down below, and here are some key points:

  • ON/OFF switch is now separate, which makes sense
  • Front dial around shutter dial makes also a smart change
  • he likes that the exposure compensatio dial is back
  • lockable diopeter adjustment
  • button arrangement on the back is more practical than GFX 50S
  • some buttons to flush, could be more pronouced
  • similar shooting experience of X-E3
  • finally an aritculating screen, and Fujifilm X-Pro3 and X-E4 should have it too
  • still a pretty big camera. About 20% smaller than Fuji GFX50S
  • EVF feels laggy in low light
  • Fuji GFX 50S is more modular, so for studio photography Fuji GFX50S is better pick over the Fuji GFX50R
  • Fujifilm GFX 50R with new pancake GF 50mm F3.5 will probably around $5,000
  • color chrome effect helps to retain effects in reds and strong colors
  • Fuji color science makes the difference

Read also:

  • fujirumors – Fujifilm Manager says Fujifilm GFX 50R went Through 10 Different Designs and Fuji GFX50R for Travels
  • fujirumors – Fujifilm GFX 50R Street Photography, Kai Wong Hands On
  • fujirumors – Size Comparison: Fujifilm GFX 100S vs Sony A7III, Nikon D5, Canon 1DX, Canon EOS R, Nikon Z7, Nikon D850, Fuji GFX 50R

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