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Kai Wong Fujifilm GFX100 Hands On Review: “You Do Get Quite a Bit for Your Money”

Fujifilm GFX100

Kai Wong went hands on with the Fujifilm GFX100. Here is what he thinks about it:

  • medium format is ment for tripod still subject shooting, but not with a body like the Fujifilm GFX100
  • feels good in the hands
  • like a Canon 1DXII in terms of size and weight, but the GFX100 has a much bigger sensor inside [and I’d also IBIS]
  • it functions like an oversized Fujifilm X, at least almost. No D-Pad, no retro dials
  • skin smoothing effect smooths out ever imperfection. Works only for the JPEGs
  • autofocus is pretty damn good. Same AF algorithm of X-T3, but lenses have bigger glass to shift, hence not as fast AF as X-T3
  • Fujifilm X-T3 and X-T30 eye-AF is right up there with Sony
  • Kai’s GFX100 struggled to detect faces, but on other GFX100 samples face and eye detection worked well
  • Eye AF is accurate and fast enough, although feels a little bit slower than on Fujifilm X-T3
  • the GFX100 sensor is 4 times bigger than the sensor on the X-T3
  • tracking mostly does a good job, although, understandably, sometimes it doesn’t shift the glass in time when the subject is moving at decent pace towards you
  • EVF is sooo good
  • shutter really well dampened (shock absorber), and you need it, with medium format 102 MP
  • nice soft shutter button, like on Fujifilm X-H1
  • using IBIS, works easily down to 1/125
  • no fancy dials, and Kai missed them, since turning a dial is easier and quicker than pressing a button and looking at the LCD
  • not too many negatives
  • electronic shutter means bad rolling shutter, but no surprise with a big sensor like that, and probably you are not going to use electronic shutter on the GFX100
  • works well enough on the streets, but not the obvious choice for street photography
  • a camera for landscapers, who need more resolution and more details
  • you can push it 4 stops and still get nice clean, crisp images
  • nobody buys the GFX100 for video, but it deserves credit since Fujifilm has done video well on the GFX100
  • uses 4K with no crop. Footage looks great. AF works great. Rolling shutter contained and video is still usable
  • IBIS works superbly to shoot stable video
  • You do get quite a bit for your money
  • Props to Fujifilm and well done to all those lucky buggers that can afford one

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Fujifilm GFX100

The Fujifilm GFX100 is experiencing a shipping shortage, but there are some, who are lucky enough to already have one in their hands.

If seems like all Fujifilm GFX100 owners are also members of our galactic Fujifilm GFX group. So here is some of the feedback they shared there.

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In fact, we are more likely used to see Fujifilm extending deals, but this time (and for the first time), Fujifilm has shortened the duration of the deals, which now expire July 6 instead of July 27.

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Dear Fujifilm X APS-C Shooters, I didn’t Forget About You (despite GFX100) and Here is a Fujinon XF Lens Roundup

It’s the same old story:

New camera comes, FujiRumors covers its launch, people not interested in that particular camera complain that FR covers that camera.

That’s why, back at the GFX50 launch, I wrote the article, “Dear FR-readers, we have to talk“.

The article was extremely effective, since, using hardcore numbers, it showed how readers perception can be so different from the truth.

But writing that article cost me a lot of time. And I just returned from an 8 hour drive from my holiday in Croatia, and I am exhausted, also because I was on holiday with the SonyAlphaRumors guy, which lead to some epic fanboy fights discussions and photowalks.

So I’ll just say this:

  • FujiRumors is free
  • I write over 1,000 articles a year
  • FujiRumors is a hobby I run in my spare time from my teaching job (and it’s not always easy). Maybe next year I will vlog about a day in FR-life. Bring you inside my teacher day life, so you might understand better how it is to run FR

But who cares. I mean who cares about how much time and effort I put into this. It’s not your business.

Blogging on FR is my passion since 8 years now, and I do it with the joy to share the Fuji passion with all of you.

I ask you just one thing: please, just do not complain, when, in coincidence with the launch of a massive camera like the Fujifilm GFX100, I share a bit more GFX news than usual.

You don’t like it? Just skip the news.

With all that said, of course I do not forget about Fuji’s APS-C system.

And so I thought to dedicated this roundup to the most important part of our beloved APS-C system: the XF lenses.

If you want, down below are about 30 links and videos covering all kind of XF lenses.

XF Lens Roundup

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Fujifilm GFX100 Development Story with GF Lenses Autofocus Speed Ranking

Fujifilm GFX100

Fujifilm has published a first Fujifilm GFX100 development story article.

They start with discussing the definition of the sensor, medium format or large format.

There is not much point in having a discussion as to how to call the format of 44 x 33mm. We tend to seek for the historical ground from the days of silver halide film; 6 x 4.5 is medium format, and 4 x 5 inch or larger is large format, but the explanation does not have any suggestion other than historical legitimacy.

in terms of resolution, the current 44 x 33mm format surpasses that of the 6 x 4.5 and even the 8 x 10. There still is the unique color reproduction of the silver halide films, but if the medium and the large format is designed for large prints, then there is no point in seeking historical ground to call what format GFX is. Because with the GFX100, we can have the prints even larger.

The core part of the article is the comparison between Fujifilm GFX100 and GFX50 in terms of AF speed.

The major change from X-Pro1 to X-Pro2 was the installation of phase detection AF. The same goes for the GFX100 when compared to the change from GFX 50S / 50R. Furthermore, the AF algorithm of the GFX100 is same as that of the X-T3, meaning not only is it fast, but is now also tougher against in low light conditions, high frequency subjects and low contrast subjects.

To put simply, the GFX100 has the agility like the X-T3 and achieves the descriptive power like the 8×10. There have never been a system like this before. This is a whole new experience.

The lenses, that have the biggest benefit in terms of AF speed thanks to the phase detection AF pixels on the GFX100 are the GF63mm and GF45mm.

GF lenses autofocus speed on GFX100 (with latest GF lens firmware udpate):

  • GF 23mmF4 R LM WR – 0,140 sec
  • GF 45mmF2.8 R WR – 0,183 sec
  • GF 63mmF2.8 R WR – 0,186 sec
  • GF 110mmF2 R LM WR – 0,208 sec
  • GF 120mmF4 R LM OIS WR Macro – 0,181 sec
  • GF 250mmF4 R LM OIS WR – 0,212 sec
  • GF 32-64mmF4 R LM WR – 0,168 sec

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Jonas Rask Fujifilm GFX100 image shared at the GFX facebook group

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Fujifilm GFX100

The Fujifilm GFX100 is about to ship, and what we have for you is one last glorious Fujifilm GFX100 roundup, before it starts falling into hands of mere mortals (with pockets a bit bigger than mere mortals ;) ).

The Slanted Lens tested the Fujifilm GFX100. Problem? They didn’t use the latest firmware that adds support for phase detection AF on GF lenses, and Lightroom still officially marks the GFX100 as preliminary supported. Sadly this makes every review so far incomplete.

With that said, here is what they think about the GFX100 (video below).

  • details are amazing
  • in medium format at f/2 you have so just very little DOF
  • dynamic range test
  • at -5 EV he is still able to recover the hightlights with no problem
  • he thinks it could have been underexposed for at least two more stops, and he’d be able to recover that
  • at +1EV he is able to hold the highlights, with just a little bit pink color shift
  • at +2EV the highlights are gone, with yellow color shift
  • at +3EV the details are gone, skin tones are yellow
  • at +4EV it’s basically blown out. No way to recover that image
  • if you work in very contrasty situations, this camera will work extremely well, because of amazing shadow recovery
  • pretty amazing dynamic range
  • ISO test
  • ISO 100 very clean
  • ISO 200 there is a little bit of grain
  • ISO 400 also a little bit of grain
  • ISO 800 grain builds up more
  • ISO 3200 grain starts to become very pronounced
  • ISO 6400 major grain. He thinks it’s unusable for stills
  • ISO 12,800 becomes pixelized
  • ISO 256,000 grain is extremely strong
  • He’d not go over ISO 400 for clean images in stills and in general up to 1600. For video up to 3200
  • even at higher ISO, the colors remain consistent, no shift
  • Autofocus
  • in stills he is not as impressed as he hoped for [I noticed when the subject was far away, the tracking was not so reliable, but more close, super sharp. I personally wonder about his AF settings. Also, pre-production, you know :)]
  • in video holds the focus well on the subject, and AF is as good as anything else on the market
  • IBIS
  • Impressive. Might be a great camera to put on a drone

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Adorama is having a special deal on Fujifilm GFX100 with Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster lens bundles.

You can save up to $200 if you purchase the Fujifilm GFX100 with:

Both lenses are very popular at our Fujifilm GFX group and you can search for images over there.

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7Artisans lenses for Fujifilm X mount are now 10% off at BHphoto, AmazonUS and 1 lens also at Adorama.

At the time of this post, BHphoto has most lenses in offer.

For the convenience of all Fuji addicts out there, I have made a practical overview list down below ;).

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Fujinon GF Lens Firmware 1.10 Released for Fujifilm GFX100 Phase Detection AF Support

Fujifilm has released a firmware update for all Fujinon GF lenses, to support phase detection autofocus on Fujifilm GFX100.

Compatibility with Phase detection AF function is added.
Currently, this upgrade is for GFX100 with the Phase detection AF function.

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Also, Fujifilm has released Fujifilm X-T30 firmware 1.10.

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