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DPReview TV Fujifilm GFX100S Review

DPRTV published its Fujifilm GFX100S review.

  • compact nature for street and travel photography to use without tripod thanks to IBIS
  • handling is excellent, great grip
  • lightweight and compact camera
  • lenses can get bulky
  • he prefers it over the GFX100 body
  • he likes that GFX100S has no integrated grip. Should be as compact and small as possible
  • he likes the customizability
  • he loves the AF-ON position, but does not feel like a solid press
  • EVF is not bad, but not on GFX100 level
  • 85fps EVF refresh rate in boost mode is good for stills. For sports and action better reduce the EVF refresh rate
  • 3 way tilt screen is nice on a tripod
  • top LCD is very customizable too
  • nostalgic negative has nice subtle warm tones
  • the 100 mepapixel justifies the higher cost over full frame, crazy resolution and tons of dynamic range
  • 14bit RAW and 16bit RAW difference is negligable. Better shoot 14bit and have a snappier camera
  • pixel shift multishot gives 400MP images. But it’s fairly slow to take all 16 images. It’s hard to take advantage fully of it. You can’t look at the final result in camera (it’s like this also on Sony)
  • IBIS: with GF110mmF2 he can get full resolution images at 1/125th shutter speed. Even at 1/80th IBIS can work great. With a 30mm lens he can get great results at 1/30th
  • best AF on any medium format camera. Tracking works pretty well, but you can compare it to APS-C or FF. Autofocus is also lens dependent. Some zooms work faster than the GF110mm.
  • face/eye detecion is quite effective
  • with lenses like the GF80mmF1.7 you get very shallow DOF, so a good eye AF matters
  • Video: works better than GFX100. Longer time before overheating and better IBIS
  • ProRes RAW: you have control over ISO and exposure adjustment, but not on white balance adjustment
  • GFX100 had bad lag when using an external recoder in RAW video. GFX100S is much better. And you can use EVF and LCD while outputting RAW on the GFX100S
  • very capable medium format camera for video
  • favorite medium format camera he ever used
  • GFX100S does what the GFX100 can do for a lower price and smaller body
  • GFX100 is hard to justify now that the GFX100S exists

In short: the GFX100S is amazing :)

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Epic Fujifilm GF Lens Deal Spreads Over Europe: Save up to €1,000 GF Lenses (for GFX100 Owners Only)

The biggest rebate on GF lenses has dropped all over Europe, with one limitation: it’s exclusive only for Fujifilm GFX100 owners!

You can save up to €1,000 on GFX lenses, including the brand new Fujinon GF80mmF1.7.

The deal is available at official Fujifilm retailers like CalumetDE, WexUK, Parkc.UK and PCHstore.

Amazon Europe is not included in the official retailer list this time.

If you are “just” a humble Fujifilm GFX100S owner (like me), or don’t live in EU, you still can get a $/€500 discount on selected GF lenses. You find the list below.

USA

After purchase, go to this page to claim your money back.

EUROPE

RAW FILE CONVERTER EX 3.0 Adds Fujifilm GFX100S and X-E4 plus MacOS Big Sur Compatibility

Fujifilm has released a software update for RAW FILE CONVERTER EX 3.0 (Windows and Mac)

The software update Ver.8.1.8.0 incorporates the following issues:

  1. Applicable model for the “RAW FILE CONVERTER EX 3.0 powered by SILKYPIX” is added.
    Applicable Model : FUJIFILM GFX100S, X-E4
  2. [for Mac only ]Compatibility with macOS11 Big Sur is added. (Rosetta 2)
  3. Fix of slight defects.

You can download the latest version fo RAW FILE CONVERTER EX 3.0 here.

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The Big Availability Check for Fujifilm GFX100S, GF80mmF1.7, X-E4, XF70-300mm, XF27mmF2.8 R WR and Accessories

In these days I get many emails asking when the latest Fujifilm gear will be in stock.

I frankly don’t know the answer. I know the GFX100S pre-orders are beyond Fujifilm’s most forbidden dreams, hence it might take long for Fujifilm to deliver, but I don’t have information about the rest of the gear.

So what I can do, is to check when different stores expect to have the latest gear available and what is eventually already in stock.

Fujifilm GFX100S

BHphoto says it expects to have it available in April. More precise indications come from Moment, who give the date “April 2”. AmazonUS says it expects to ship in 2 to 5 weeks. No other indications at other stores.

So, overall, I think we can be optimistic that in April the shipping-bottleneck might be finally solved. Unless you guys keep pre-ordering it :)

Fujinon GF80mmF1.7:

Adorama says it’s on the way, and expects to have it available in a few days. AmazonUS expects it in 2 to 4 weeks. BHphoto gives no indication, whereas Moment gives April 2 as date.

Overall, it seems that we can expect stock already by the end of the month and a more substantial stock in the first half of April.

Fujifilm X-E4:

The Fujifilm X-E4 is mostly available as long as you look for the body only version. The kit version with the XF27mmF2.8 R WR is not available and AmazonUS gives even 1 to 2 months for that combo to be in stock.

Fujinon XF70-300mmF4-5.6:

AmazonUS expects stock on April 5. Adorama says new fresh samples are now on the way to their warehouse, hence it’s only a matter of days. Moment expects stock on March 31. No indication at BHphoto.

So by the end of March and latest early April we might find the lens more widely available.

Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 R WR:

Just as with the GFX100S, also for the XF27mmF2.8 R WR Fujifilm has announced delivery delays. It’s not widely available yet, but you can find some samples at Adorama here. AmazonUS expects stock in 1 to 54 weeks. BHphoto does not give any time frame on when it might have it available. Moment expects stock in early April.

Accessories for X-E4 and GFX100S

MHG-GFX S hand grip for Fujifilm GFX100S

At the time of this post there a 4 samples available at AmazonUS here. It’s not yet available at BHphoto here and at Adorama here.

FUJIFILM BLC-XE4 Leather Case + MHG-XE4 Hand Grip + TR-XE4 Thumb Rest

The leather case for the Fujifilm X-E4 is currently in stock at AmazonUS here. It’s not yet available at BHphoto here and Adorama here.

As for the MHG-XE4 hand grip, AmazonUS says it expects availability in 1 or 2 days, whereas no indication on when they expect stock is given by BHphoto here and Adorama here.

The last X-E4 accessory is the TR-XE4 thumb rest. At the time of this post, there are 2 available at AmazonUS here. Not yet available at BHphoto here and Adorama here.

Fujifilm GFX100S: 10 Thoughts on Using it for Weddings, 5 Things I Don’t Like and So Sensational, it Should not Exist

There is only one positive thing in having to wait so long for my Fujifilm GFX100S: I have more time to think on which GF lens I should get.

What does not make my waiting easier, though, are all the stellar reviews the Fujifilm GFX100S is getting by photographers all around the world.

Some, like Dollar Store Creative, say it is so sensational that it should not exist and they just cry in front of those amazing files, which can be mistreated to taste and yet keep holding up no matter what.

Others, like Joseph Ellis, used it also for weddings and share their initial thoughts about it (which we will sum up for you below).

And more down below.

If you are like me, hence waiting for yours to be shipped, I warmly invite you NOT to check them out. It won’t make the waiting easier.

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Epic Deal for Fujifilm GFX100 Owners: Save up to €1,000 on GF Lenses!

The biggest rebate on GF lenses has dropped, with one limitation: it’s exclusive only for Fujifilm GFX100 owners!

You can save up to €1,000 on GFX lenses, including the brand new Fujinon GF80mmF1.7.

I did look around, but at the time of this post I can find this deal only at PCHstore here. If you spot it in other countries, feel free to drop the link in the comments below.

Usually Fujifilm Europe launches the same deals in most EU countries, so I’d not be surprised to see this deal coming soon also to Germany & Co, so definitely check out also CalumetDE, WexUK and Parkc.UK in the next hours and days, to see if and when the deal is available there. For the full list of deals in Europe you can check out fujifilm-connect promotions page here.

And I do hope that Fujifilm North America will follow, as this is a fantastic deal for Fujifilm GFX100 owners.

But what if you are “just” a humble Fujifilm GFX100S owner (like me)? Well, we have to be happy with a $/€500 discount on selected GF lenses that you can see below.

USA

After purchase, go to this page to claim your money back.

EUROPE

Fuji Guys Tease Firmware 1.20 for Fujifilm X-T4 with New Heat Management and Introduce Latest GFX100, X-T3, GFX50S/R Firmware

As FujiRumors reported, Fujifilm has released several firmware updates over the last two days:

Now the Fuji Guys posted a video overview on the new firmware.

What’s curious, is that they also talk about a new firmware 1.20 for Fujifilm X-T4, which in fact has not been released. So I guess we will see it coming very soon.

And what does the X-T4 firmware bring? Well, the Fuji Guys tell us the following:

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Fujifilm GFX100 Firmware 3.01 Released with Pixel Shift Improvement

Fujifilm has released firmware 3.01 for Fujifilm GFX100.

The firmware update Ver.3.01 from Ver.3.00 incorporates the following issues:

  • Stability of operation for pixel shift shooting is improved
  • Fix of minor bugs

You can download the firmware 3.01 here.

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In Stock Check

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Fujifilm GFX100S Shows No More PDAF Banding (and Silently Fixed also on GFX100 via Firmware Update?)

Fujifilm GFX100S Banding

We already reported here, how Matt Granger could not see any PDAF banding on the Fujifilm GFX100S, which is something that annoyed him on the original GFX100.

Now Jim Kasson received his GFX100S, and immediately tested it out.

And indeed, after a 5 push shadow recovery and also a +100 shadow recovery, here is what he says:

Good news! There appears to be virtually no PDAF banding, and not much banding of any description.

While this is an excellent news, he also adds that the 16bit version “doesn’t appear significantly better” than the 14 bit version. It is a bit better, but not that much. Also, some in the Fuji community say that the 16bit files seem to have better black tones with lower chroma noise.

You can see the samples are read more at blog.kasson here.

Fujifilm GFX100 Firmware FIx

According to information we have received, Fujifilm also fixed the banding issue via firmware update on the original GFX100. Fujifilm never said this explicitly, but hide it behind the standard phrase “fix of minor bugs“. But this is just something I can’t confirm right now.

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BREAKING: One More Fujifilm GFX Camera Coming 2021, More Affordable than GFX100S

I know many of you will be skeptical right now.

Why?

Well, because here is how things went so far:

So, in 4 years of GFX series, we got 3 cameras only, hence less than one camera a year.

Fujifilm rightfully focused on giving us lenses for the system, with 12 G mount lenses launched in 4 years.

But according to our trusted sources, this will change in 2021.

In fact, I have been told that Fujifilm will launch another GFX camera in 2021. It will be more affordable than the recently launched Fujifilm GFX100S.

Expect updates.

On FujiRumors.

Very soon.

Love you!

P.S.: Don’t worry, this new GFX camera won’t use the newly registered low capacity Fujifilm NP-70S battery. That battery is for… oh well, you’ll see soon enough. Just follow FujiRumors ;)

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