Nigel Danson has tested the Fujifilm GFX50R for DPReviewTV, and his conclusion is that it has the best image quality he has ever used.
The Fujifilm GFX50R is not a perfect camera, though. It is still expensive, and Fujifilm made some bad ergonmic choices, like the removal of the dedicated ISO dial. And given its form and size, it’s also not the easiest to shoot handheld with.
Considering that, the bigger the print, the more people will stand back to see the entire image, all cameras deliver good results.
But if you “pixel peep”, the Fujifilm X-T3 (which overall delivers very good results also at fairly big prints), has a disadvantage over the higher megapixel of the Fuji GFX50R and Nikon Z7 at very large prints.
Most important, though, are the lenses, and he is blown away by the quality of the Fujinon GF lenses and their corner to corner sharpness.
MANAGER INTERVIEW: Fujifilm manager Makoto Oishi said to thephoblographer (video above), that the Fujifilm GFX 50R went through at least 10 different designs.
One idea was to put the hybrid viewfinder into thr Fujufilm GFX50R, but it would have made the Fujifilm GFX50R bigger and heavier as well as parallax issues due to large G-mount.
Fujifilm still struggled with the size, though, especially because of the shutter mechanism and the battery.
So, week after week, they re-designed and re-developed the Fujifilm GFX50R in order to reduce the size.
At the end, they made at least 10 different designs and plastic models, until they reached the desired size.
ON THE FIELD WITH GFX 50R: William Chua brought the Fujifilm GFX50R in western Mongolia. The result is a series of wonderful images, you can check out at williamchua here.
“Of course the camera would work great in other kind of photography as well, studio, landcapes etc.. but I think it works best out in the streets, and for general travel photography. Probably not the best for fast action things though. […] Its very addictive to shoot with this camera.“
William Chua took the Fujifilm GFX 50R out for some street photography in Cologne. You can read the full blog post and see the samples at williamchua.com. Some excerpts:
Being a GFX 50s user, he was not too excited about this camera. But after using it for a few days, he has to say he loves it more and more
Its a great camera for street photography
might not be as comfortable to use with big glass like the GF 250mm
in a lot of his sample images, he used face detection, and he’s glad to say it works extremely well
Jonas Rask shares his impressions of the Photokina 2018 in the best way possible: by sharing wonderful images taken with Fujifilm GFX 50R and X100F. Check out his article “When the floor dust settles” at jonasrask here.
Kai Wong was at photokina and shares his walkthrough the various booths. Of course he also checked out the Fujifilm GFX 50R. Jump to minute 5:43 here, to check out the part about Fujifilm.
MediumFormat: First Impressions of the Fujifilm GFX 50R at mediumformat
PhoBlographer writes in his Fujifilm GFX 50R first impressions that the Fujifilm GFX 50R is the camera he’s been waiting for. They would like a 50MP X-Trans version and pay even more for it, and faster glass (such as the rumored GF 80mm F1.4) would also be appreciated. Read it all at phoblographer here.
Spanish: The Spanish site albedomedia (translation) goes hands on with the Fujifilm GFX 50R. They share their impressions as well as some media slides including an overview of Fujifilm’s camera history, which you can see below.
Fujifilm GFX 100 MP X-Trans
ThePhoblographer had a talk with Fujifilm USA manager Justin Stailey, mainly about the Fujifilm GFX 50R, but there was also a question about the Fujfiilm GFX 100.
Phoblographer: Why isn’t the GFX 100MP sensor an X Trans sensor? Justin: I don’t think we said that it was or was not X-Trans. but…In Medium Format, the Bayer Sensor has proven to provide excellent image quality
So, despite hinting that a Bayer sensor is more likely than an X-Trans sensor, Fuji Manager Justin did not exclude the possibility it could be a 100 Megapixel X-Trans sensor. Read the whole interview at phoblographer.
GF 45-100mm not sure if it will work with 1.4x TC (slide does not mention that it will support TC, so it is likely that it won’t.)
GF 100-200mm will have internal zoom design (so lens’ length won’t change when zooming. Again, probably not the case for GF45-100mm)
GF 50mm F3.5 R will have linear motor
Fujifilm GFX 50S future firmware update:
Not everything is clear what’s written in the slides, but that’s what’s written
faster eye sensor reaction time
delete RAW and JPG together (that’s what’s written in the slide) – (by FR-readers: when choose to take jpeg+raw mode, so deleting photo will be in-sync)
35mm format crop mode will support GF lenses and FUJINON HC lenses
The slide also says “EVF/LCD adds white indicator point(s) – color customization”. FR-readers say “Usually refer to exposure clipping of the white point, i.e. the white Blinky when everything look white, so the color customization mostly refer to the white Blinky color, like what u can set in Adobe Raw or LR”
Camera Remote App / Camera Update
As we reported here already, version 3.2.0 of the camera remote app allows you to update your camera firmware via remote app, provided your camera has bluetooth. The Fujifilm GFX 50R has bluetooth, so it supports this feature.