Fujifilm GFX Hands On Impressions :: “A Compact Workhorse, That Will Find A Place in My Bag… and In My Heart”

Fujifilm GFX Hands On Review

Fujifilm GFX facebook member Florian shared his Fujifilm GFX Hands On Review at the Fujiiflm GFX Facebook group here. It’s in German, but you can use the Facebook translation tool to get the English version. He also shares 3 images of the GFX.

I’ll highlight in short some of his findings:

  • BODY: Boxy, very pleasing handling, great ergonomics. Not too big. He loves the joystick. Great build quality, but if you look at the size of body, the camera feels almost too light. It’s like something is missing in the inside, since it’s so light.
  • MENU: It’s still in Beta, so it didn’t run flawlessly
  • EVF: Still in Beta Firmware, but already much better than on the Hasselblad X1D. Information was displayed in white, which he considered not ideal
  • AUTOFOCUS: (Consider it’s an early Beta-Firmware) Absolutely OK. Felt so fast like the AF on the Sony A7, or a bit slower. Definitely faster than the Hasselblad X1D. There was not much light, when he tested the camera, so he expects it to work faster in good light.
  • DISPLAY: On the GFX he handled, there was no touch screen (ADMIN NOTE: or maybe it was not working due to the preliminary Beta-FW? At photokina Fujifilm indicated that it will have a touch.)
  • LENSES: The 63mm is compact. It contributed to the overall lightness of the camera. The zoom lens was quite big.
  • IMAGE QUALITY: No comment. The test condition at the photography fair were not good (bad light) and the Firmware was still a Beta.
  • PRICE: Body: €6,999. 63mm: €1,500 (ADMIN NOTE: This confirms this rumor)
  • CONCLUSION: Awesome. It arouse emotions. Overall very good first impression. A compact workhorse he could use for portrait work, that will find a place in Florian’s bag and heart :) .

For any other questions, just join 4,500+ members at the Fujifilm GFX facebook, and drop your questions in the comments of Florian’s facebook post.

The Big Fujifilm GFX Recap :: Everything We Know is Here… RGB Color Histogram, Base ISO 100, AF-Points + Much More!

Here is a big GFX Overview, based on information Fujifilm shared at the Photokina 2016 and later, and also based on Rumors you could find here on FujiRumors. I’ll mark with “R” the rumors and with “F” the facts, although keep in mind that even the facts revealed earlier by Fujifilm could have changed in the meantime.

Everything you can read below has already been published on FR starting from September 2016, but I thought a Recap could be useful, since I keep getting emails with questions, that have already been answered in the past, but given the huge amount of information are easy to miss.

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FUJIFILM GFX CAMERA

  1. Fujifilm GFX 50S – F
  2. Announcement Janaury 19 – R
  3. Release February 23 – R
  4. Body Price €6999/$6499 – R
  5. G-Mount – F
  6. Mirrorless – F
  7. Weather Sealed body/lenses – F
  8. X-Processor Pro (used in X-T2/X-Pro2) – F
  9. No Low-Pass Filter – F
  10. Contrast Detection AF only with 117 AF points – F
  11. RGB color histograms in the live view – F
  12. 51.4MP 44 x 33mm Medium Format Bayer Sensor (No X-Trans, because not needed with this huge 50MP sensor) – F
  13. Aspect Ratio: 4:3 (default), 3:2, 1:1, 4:5, 6:7 and 6:17 – F
  14. MF Sensor made by Sony but customized by Fujifilm. The challenge is how to get the light hit the sensor evenly – in the center and also at the corners. In order to achieve that, Fujifilm customized the microlenses in front of the sensor and optimized the silicon process. – F
  15. MF sensor is 1.7 (70%) times bigger than Full Frame. Crop factor 0.79x. – F
  16. Weight about 800g – F
  17. 12 pins on the lens mount (useful when it comes to adapting third-party lenses) – F
  18. Flange Distance of only 26.7 to shorten the back focus distance as much as possible. This prevents vignetting to achieve edge-to-edge sharpness of the world’s highest level – source Fujifilm Press release via dpreview. – F
  19. ISO: base-ISO 100 :: Max ISO 51200 – F
  20. minimum back focus 16.7mm – F
  21. Focal Plane shutter max 1/4000 – F
  22. Flash Sync Speed 1/125 – F
  23. EF-X500 with HSS Supported – F
  24. Bigger Battery compared to X-T2/X-Pro2 – F
  25. Electronic shutter – F
  26. Full-HD with 30 fps – F
  27. Dual SD Cards UHS-II – F
  28. EVF: 3.69 megadots with a magnification of 0.85x (X-T1/2: 0.77x) with frame rate of around 60 fps – F
  29. EVF: Detachable and fully tiltable if used with an adapter – F
  30. EVF has a hot shoe on the top – F
  31. All Film Simulations of X-T2/X-Pro2 available (including ACROS) – F
  32. Adapter for Leaf Shutter Lenses in the works – F
  33. Tethering support at launch – F
  34. Joystick – F
  35. E-ink LCD display on the top of the camera (always visible, even if camera is switched off) – F
  36. WiFi – F
  37. dynamic range settings of DR800% and maybe even DR1600%. – Source fujixsecrets
  38. USB 3 data transfer and charging – F
  39. HDMI – F
  40. Mic, headphone and remote control outputs – F
  41. Tilt LCD like X-T2 (3 way tilting) – F
  42. Touch LCD screen – F
  43.  diopter adjustment – F
  44. 11 Fn buttons – Source fujixsecrets
  45. shooting intervals of 700 ms – F
  46. quick start up time – F
  47. Fujifilm Will Launch Professional Support Service Along with the GFX Camera – R

FUJIFILM GF LENSES

  1. GF63mmF2.8 R WR (50mm equiv.) available at launch. Price €1,599/$1,499 – R
  2. GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR (25-51mm equiv.) available at launch. Price $2,299 – R
  3. GF120mmF4 Macro R LM OIS WR (95mm equiv.). Magnification of 1:0.5. available at launch. $2,599  – R minimum focus distance 45cm – max. magnification of 0.5x, 1:2 Macro – F
  4. GF110mmF2 R LM WR (87mm equiv.) available mid 2017 – F
  5. GF23mmF4 R LM WR (18mm equiv.) available mid 2017 – F
  6. GF45mmF2.8 R WR (35mm equiv.) available late 2017 – F
  7. Dedicated C positions on the aperture ring (The C position can be locked to avoid accidental changes) – F
  8. The lenses are ready for sensors with a resolution of 100MP – F
  9. Only the GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR zoom lens has inner focussing – F
  10. The prime lenses are optically corrected for distortion – F

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The Fujifilm GFX (and Lenses) will Start Shipping February 23 (in USA) – Annoucement January 19

The current shipping embargo of the Fujifilm GFX is February 23. Of course there can be changes anytime, mostly depending on eventual last second firmware issues. But also in that case, Fujifilm will work hard to ship the GFX before the end of March, when the Japanese fiscal year is ending and Fujifilm would like to share some positive GFX sale numbers with its investors ;)

The shipping embargo rumor is for USA, but it should apply to all the world (maybe it will ship even earlier in Japan).

Recent rumor confirm, that the price for the body + lens (63mm) will be of $8000

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PhaseOne Managment Corrects: “Fujifilm GFX Support? We Have Not Yet Decided. It Depends on the GFX Market Impact”

Just recently I told you, how Phase One said that they will not support the GFX, since it’s a competitor to their core business.

Today I have an update for you. Phase One Support partially rectified this statement and now says:

It seems I may have spoken too quickly based on old policies. Product management has recently informed me that no decision has been made on this camera and instead they are weighing the market impact on each camera regardless of format.”

So there is still hope… but first the GFX has to sell like hot cakes :)  – via Fujifilm GFX Facebook Group.

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Phase One Says Capture One Won’t Support the Fujifilm GFX: “It’s a Direct Competitor of Our Core Business.”

A Fujifilm GFX facebook member asked Phase One, if they are going to support the Fujifilm GFX. Phase One answer was clear:

It is unlikely that we will support the Fuji GFX 50s – we have a long standing policy of not providing support to direct competitors of our core business.”

Capture 1 also does not support all other Medium Format cameras that are not produced by Phase One, and they already said they won’t support the Hasselblax X1D either. So let’s hope somebody in the Fujifilm community will figure out a fix for that, just like Pentax users did with capturefix, which allows them to work with Pentax 645 files in C1.

With that said, I hope that Capture One will at least work on better support for Fujifilm X-series cameras (especially X-TransIII cameras). We still have no lossless RAW support, no metadata support, no official film simulations, – X-Pro2/T2 no lens correction possible (raw files)…