FujiCast with Fujifilm Manager: X-H2 Talk, Monochrome GFX, Amazing 2022 for Fuji, Kaizen Talk, “Tonygate” and More

Fujicast is back with new episode #197 and #198. Also again on the podcast, Fujifilm UK manager Andreas Georghiades.

Not so surprising, as Japanese Fujifilm managers confirmed it already a few times: there will be a Fujifilm X-H2 one day. It’s probably Fuji’s way to facepalm publicy when they read the fake rumor the X-H line had been canceled ;).

They also talk about the Tony Northrup video, where Tony does not look overly optimistic to Fujifilm’s future.

Down below you can find the podcast as well as a summary.

Tonygate:

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Fujifilm GFX50R Discontinued, Zero Rumors About GFX50RII and Dreams About GFX100R

It’s over.

According to reports at digitalcameraworld, the Fujifilm GFX50R is now discontinued.

As a huge Fujifilm X-E line lover, the Fujifilm GFX50R would have been my most natural step into Fujifilm medium format.

However, as I don’t switch from X-Trans APS-C to Full Frame because the difference is negligible (and with lots of advantages on the APS-C side, too), I also thought that sure, going from 26 to 50 MP is OK, but at this point I prefer to go all-in and grab a 100 megapixel medium format Fujifilm GFX100S.

If there was a Fujifilm GFX100R, I’d have grabbed that one. But it looks like all I can do is to hope that one day in the future Fujifilm will give us either a Fujifilm GFX100R or an X-T styled GFX100 (as shown in these official Fujifilm prototypes).

But don’t get me wrong.

A camera with a PSAM dial, a dedicated custom settings dial and top LCD is stupidly easy and fast to operate. The total opposite of the original GFX100, which is the only Fujifilm camera I’ve ever hold in my hands where I thought “WTF, need to grab that owners manual“.

But I can’t really fall in love with cameras that are stupidly easy to use, I prefer those who are FUN to operate. Like my X-E or X-T cameras.

So, my wish for the GFX future are a GFX100R and GFX100T. But so far, I have absolutely zero rumors about it. And for the records, I have also zero rumors about a Fujifilm GFX50RII.

In any case, if you are also attracted by the rangefinder styled medium format Fujifilm cameras, then better grab yours now, as who knows for how long we will find the Fujifilm GFX50R in stock now that it is discontinued.

Good bye, Fujifilm GFX50R. I was one of the very first people to touch you, back then, at the photokina 2018, where I even illegally smuggled into the fair one day ahead of its official launch to meet you. May your heritage continue to live in the GFX lineup.

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Post X Summit: APS-C X Glory in 2022, Fujifilm X-H2 Confusion, Roadmap Lenses Analyzed, Fujinon XF56mmF1.2II, GF20-35mm Details & More

What a launch that was.

And just like after every launch, there are answers, questions, confusions, hopes, dreams and more.

I will deliberately skip all the stuff you certainly know about. The firmware update announcements for GFX100/S, the specs of the new gear and more. I prefer to clarify, elaborate and add some details coming our from yesterday’s event and that either passed unnoticed or created potential confusion.

At the end, my short take on the event.

  • Patrick, you said there will be an XF56mmF1.2 II coming 2022, but the latest X mount roadmap does not show it

You have no idea how many emails I am getting with this question today :).

Don’t worry guys. The Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 II will come in 2022. Fujifilm does not insert all lenses in the roadmap. The latest example was the XF27mmF2.8 R WR, which just hit the market without ever being on any roadmap.

Trust me, in 2022 the MKII is coming.

  • We know what sensor the Fujifilm X-H2 will have!

Yes, and no.

First of all keep in mind that Fujifilm never mentioned the Fujifilm X-H2. It’s only thanks to FujiRumors that we know that the next X series camera to introduce a new sensor and processor will be the Fujifilm X-H2. A rumor recap below.

So technically we know only that a new sensor is coming. And we also don’t know the time frame for that.

But yes, it will be the X-H2.

However, you guys also know that there will be two Fujifilm X-H2 cameras. Will both feature an X-Trans BSI stacked sensor? And if so, what will be the other differences?

So there is still some confusion here… confusion that FujiRumors is going to dissipate soon enough ;).

Let’s move on.

  • Is Fujinon XF35mmF1.4 R now discontinued as some “rumors” said?

Oh my gosh, I had a good laugh when I read that fake rumor on the web. Of course it is not. And finally also Jonas Rask, Fuji Guy Billy and many others repeated in their first looks that the XF35mmF1.4 is here to stay.

  • Fujinon GF20-35mm but which aperture?

You might remember how back in 2017 I have shared an internal Fujifilm G mount roadmap.

Everything in that roadmap came to light, everything but the GF20-36mm.

Well, it was a long wait, but now we have it. With a slight difference, it will be Fujinon GF20-35mm instead of GF20-36.

But what aperture will it have?

Well, according to our leaked roadmap, the original plan was a f3.5-4.5 lens, so it could well be a Fujinon GF20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 at the end.

But keep in mind that during the presentation Fujifilm remarked several times that they want to keep this lens compact and portable, and first mockups you can see in our X summit coverage definitely show a lovely sized lens. I don’t know if for the sake of size Fujifilm will make it a bit slower. However, their target is definitely an f/3.5-4.5 lens.

  • Fujinon GF55mm f/1.7 and GF tilt shift – and More Details?

Not many.

But we did share images of mockups here.

What we can see is that similar to the GF80mmF1.7, the GF55mmF1.7 will not have a linear motor (saves size) and a filter size of 77.

The tilt shift lens is currently planed as Fujinon GF30mm F4 R TS with a 105 filter size.

  • Conclusion

I think it was a great event, that gave us good hints on which direction Fujifilm is taking. And most importantly, it shows that Fujifilm is extremely committed to both the X and GFX series, which got basically the same coverage during the event (5 minutes more for the GFX system in a one hour video).

And by ending their X summit with sensor hints for the next APS-C sensor generation, they wanted to set a clear signal that even though 2021 was more of a GFX year in terms of released gear, 2022 will see the X series come back in full power and glory.

And trust me, I know what I talk about… and if I was you, I’d always keep an eye on FujiRumors, as you might learn some very interesting stuff ;).

ANNOUNCED: Fujifilm GFX50S with GF35-70, XF23mmF1.4 and XF33mmF1.4, X-T30II, New X/GFX Lens Roadmap – LIVE BLOG

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X/GFX Gear Pre-order Options

GFX50S II
USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera / Moment
EU: AmazonDE / CalumetDE / Parkc.UK / WexUK / AmazonUK / PCHstore
GF 35-70mmF4.5-5.6
USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera / Moment
EU: AmazonDE / CalumetDE / Parkc.UK / WexUK / AmazonUK / PCHstore
X-T30 II
USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera / Moment
XF 23mm f/1.4 R LM WR
USA
: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera / Moment
EU: AmazonDE / CalumetDE / Parkc.UK / WexUK / AmazonUK / PCHstore
XF 33mm f/1.4 R LM WR
USA
: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera / Moment
EU: AmazonDE / CalumetDE / Parkc.UK / WexUK / AmazonUK / PCHstore

Official Fujifilm Info

Fujifilm GFX50SII and GF35-70mmF4.5-5.6 – First Looks, Samples, etc

XF33mmF1.4, XF23mmF1.4II and X-T30II – First Looks, Samples etc

  • jonasraskphotography – Fujifilm XF 33mm f/1.4 R LM WR first look – Lifting the Heritage
  • jonasraskphotography – Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R LM WR First Look – Street style Perfection
  • dpreview – XF33mmF1.4 samples
  • dpreview – X-T30II high res display and firmware goodness
  • BH Explora – 33, 23 and X-T30II covered
  • keithwee – Fujifilm XF33mm F1.4 First look review – the next chapter of evolution
  • ivanjoshualoh – XF33mm F1.4 WR, First Impression.
  • williamchua – Fujifilm XF33mm F1.4 R LM WR.
  • f16.click – 23mm f1.4 R LM WR Mark II Is Here

New X and GF Lens Roadmaps

Launch Videos
Fuji Guys After X Summit Party
DPReview and More

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Fujifilm X Summit Starts NOW – WATCH LIVE on FujiRumors – HUGE ANNOUNCEMENTS!

Fujifilm X Summit – LIVE COVERAGE

Fujifilm X Summit Live Stream starts now. You can follow it here on FujiRumors (video above, click the play button).

GFX50SII

  • GFX100S shipped double Fuji’s expectations
  • many are still waiting for GFX100S deliver, Fujifilm increases production and asks people to be a bit more patient
  • photographers say cropping helps also in sport photography. More cinematic image. Great colors
  • GFX50S came in 2017
  • GFX50R, GFX100 and GFX100S followed
  • large format system is gaining more and more attention and interest
  • there is even more potential to make large format, a standard option, for customers
  • GFX50SII announcement
  • GFX50SII has 50MP. Still outstanding resolution and dynamic range
  • pixel size is 5.3, one of largest you can purchase today, for better dynamic range and higher signal to noise ratio
  • massive dynamic range performance
  • more pixel do not mean always more resolution. You have to deliver the light to the pixel
  • Fuji optimized the micro shape to allow that light hits nicely every single pixel
  • 50MP GFX resolution is higher than 50MP full frame resolution
  • large format cameras have good image quality but slow AF. But not with GFX
  • has IBIS. A stable sensor thanks to IBIS also helps to focus faster. Also X Processor 4 helps to focus faster. New AF algorithm
  • shutter shock can have significant impact on image quality, IBIS helps for sharper images
  • 19 film simulations
  • GFX50SII comes with over 100 new features compare to older GFX50 models
  • shipping end of September at $3,999
  • highest performance of large format camera while downsizing drastically
  • large format becomes more affordable
  • more than full frame open for broader audience

GF35-70mmF4.5-5.6

  • portable and respond quickly
  • such lens enhances portability of GFX system
  • 390g
  • image quality has no compromise
  • superb image quality in small size
  • if light needs too much, you get aberration. But GF35-70 delivers light with minimal bending
  • symmetrical lens design to bend light as little as possible.
  • two ED lenses and 1 aspherical
  • size, image quality and 35cm minimum focus distance
  • talk with a photographer about the new GFX. Fast and silent autofocus. Crisp detail with this camera, but at the same time gentle, which is great for portraits
  • $999 lens only and $499 sold in kit (first sold only in kit, lens only follow laters

GF Roadmap

  • GF55mmF1.7: 3D look in combination with large format system
  • GF20-35mm (2022): more information than full frame. Widest angle zoom lens in GF lens family
  • GF Tilt Shift Lens (2023): satisfy more professional

GF Firmware Updates

  • GFX100/S already support 4K and ProRes RAW. To support video makers, more features will come. Blackmagic codec to be support next. And development of adapter for XLR input support (no more need to synch sound when editing). Firmware coming in October 2021

X Series Future

  • Third party lens manufacturers are joining the expansion of the X mount
  • X series gains more and more attention of the years
  • 2022 is 10th anniversary year of X mount system. Fujifilm will look at how to benefit customers for 10 more years
  • pursuit for more sharpness. Higher resolution cameras coming
  • X mount designed for higher APS-C image quality

New X lenses

  • XF33mmF1.4 is sharper and more beautiful bokeh than XF35mmF1.4
  • removing aberrations was priority (purity of light)
  • 15 lens elements to elminate aberration. Symmetrical structure. High speed AF
  • close focus distance with sharp results
  • XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR with lots of lens elements. Huge image quality improvement
  • designed like the 18mmF1.4
  • XF23mmF1.4 shipping late November for $899
  • XF33mmF1.4 shipping late Septmber for $799

X Mount Roadmap

Concept is not only resolution. Future lenses should be designed for stills and movie

  • XF150-600mm (coming 2022)
  • XF18-120mm (works great for stills and movie) – coming 2022

One More Thing

  • in 2022 coming stacked back illiminate sensor with X-Trans filter array

Last Second Leaks Below

  • will be updated in case of leaks

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