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Shooting a Documentary with FUJIFILM GFX100, Matt Granger GFX100 Review, IBIS Performance Test

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The Fujifilm GFX100 will probably be in stock in 2022, so until then, I try to entertain you with roundups :).

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Video Documentary with GFX100

Here on FujiRumors we already showed you the Philip Bloom documentary shot on Fujifilm GFX100 back in October here.

The video has been shot on the island of Skiathos (an island where I have been and my X-E1 was stolen – well, actually I forgot it somewhere, and when I run back to get it, it was already gone). Go to that island (and Skopelos nearby) if you ever can… you will love it!

  • he used GFX50S for video, but unusable rolling shutter
  • GFX100 should not be good in shooting video, but it is
  • you need only 8 megapixel for 4K video
  • GFX100 shoots 10 bit internally
  • 1080p slow motion, but not so good
  • can do 4:2:2 but he only needs 4:2:0
  • 10 bit eats up memory space so he switched to 8bit. But 8bit has nasty banding. 10bit is much better
  • lovely film simulations, espeically ETERNA for video. You can shoot also F-Log
  • manual focus with GF lenses is a nightmare. You must turn a lot to get from out end to the other
  • autofocus is not perfect, sometimes pulses, but 80% of time it worked. You can fix pulse in post
  • IBIS is great and helps a lot
  • 6400 is great

If you want to get a few more insights on Philip’s experience shooting video with medium format, check out the video shared at Cinema5D.

Philipp Bloom: “It [the video below] was filmed with the Fujiflm GFX100 which I borrowed from Fuji UK for the trip. The film is about half handheld and half locked down tripod shots. No fancy pieces of gear. 99% was shot with the 45mm F2.8 and the 110mm F2, with variable NDs from Polar Pro. I did use the 23mm on a couple of cars shots but that was it. The camera was amazing. I loved everything about it. Maybe not the HD 60p as that wasn’t very good, but the 4K image is just beautiful. It was all either shot with the Eterna profile or in F-Log and the Eterna LUT. All was modified with additional colour work in Premiere.”

Matt Granger Review

Matt Granger brought the Fujifilm GFX100 to Buthan and now published his review:

  • remarkably camera
  • breaks new ground on the market
  • some of the best IQ he has ever seen on a digital camera
  • and yet he would not buy it
  • low light AF is not at level of high end DSLR, but far ahead of any digital medium format camera
  • IQ is beautiful when you get your a perfect exposure, but you need to double your normal handholding speed, because even with IBIS, you need a steady shot to get all 100MP sharp
  • video is beautiful, pretty impressed. AF isn’t perfect but still pretty good. Low light video quality is just beautiful
  • battery life not bad
  • uses only SD cards
  • if you shoot bursts, the camera locks up until it finishes writing. XQD cards would be better
  • battery display is inaccurate all the time. Shows a battery almost empty then a few minutes later it shows full
  • it locked up a many times. He had to remove batteries. Thankfully this can be fixed via firmware
  • very few people need 100 megapixel
  • he gets better shots with his DSLR, because he is not so inspired by shooting with GFX100
  • the buttons are the worst on any non point-and-shoot camera
  • shutter buttons lack of any kind of tactile
  • the vertical grip is the worst he ever used
  • it breaks new ground. Image quality and dynamic range is fantastic. There is a lot to like.
  • But Matt just does not enjoy shooting with it. He prefers the GFX50S.

Technical Coverage

  • blog.kasson – Fuji GFX 100 IBIS performance with 32-64 mm zoom
  • blog.kasson – Fuji GFX 100 IBIS at slow shutter speeds with the 110/2
  • blog.kasson – Fuji GFX 100 IBIS — 110 mm, AF-C

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