Celebrating 5 Years of Fujifilm GFX Series

5 years ago Fujifilm’s decision became obvious to all of us: unlike everybody else, we are going to skip full frame, build up the best APS-C system in the known universe and offer as an alternative to full frame a medium format mirrorless system. The result: the Fujifilm GFX system.

And well, the Fujifilm GFX series turns 5 years old today.

It all started with the launch of the original Fujifilm GFX50S on January 19 and the slogan “The Game has Changed”.

I remember at that time lots of skeptical comments, especially by influencers who believe that only full frame matters.

But looking back, I guess much of that skepticism has dissipated by now, given that Fujifilm is now offering medium format mirrorless cameras (GFX100S) that are smaller than some full frame mirrorless cameras (Panasonic S1 series) and more megapixel for a more affordable price than some full frame mirrorless cameras (Sony A1).

Sure, all the cameras we mentioned above have other strengths, such as video or speed, but all I want to say is that the Fujifilm GFX series is finding a solid ground on which to flourish.

So here we are, 5 years, 5 GFX cameras and 13 lenses later (with more to come) to celebrate a wonderful system that has a terrific potential for the future, as I explained here.

Congratulations Fujifilm.

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Fujifilm GFX100S vs Canon R6: Is Medium Format Worth It? This Guy Says “No” (and My Thoughts)

Alex Barrera wonders: is medium format worth it?

In an attempt to figure out the answer, he shared a blind test using the following gear:

In the blind test, all images marked with “A” belong to one camera and all images marked with “B” belong to the other camera.

I did my the test myself, and honestly, right at the very first image comparison (see image below) I thought “oh please let “A” be the the Fujifilm GFX100S“. And lucky me, camera “A” is indeed the Fujifilm GFX100S.

Megapixel had not much to do with my preference. It’s a compressed youtube video, how could that matter. Megapixel matter more when you work with the files in post, or when you print.

My preference had more to do with the output of the Fujinon GF80mmF1.7 lens itself, which is very similar in terms of shallow depth of field to the RF 50mm f/1.2 L, but the bokeh looked just more pleasing in my eyes. Then there are other subjective elements like the colors (Provia in this case) and so forth. Overall, I mostly picked A (GFX100S).

But what about Alex? Is medium format worth it?

No, it’s not worth it, and here is why:

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Tascam CA-XLR2d-F XLR for FUJIFILM Pre-Orders Start Now

You can now pre-order the Tascam CA-XLR2d-F XLR for Fujifilm cameras.

TEAC announced the development of TASCAM XLR Audio Adapter for Fujifilm Mirrorless Cameras back in August. A firmware update coming soon will make the Tascam CA-XLR2d-F compatible with Fujifilm X-T4, X-S10 and GFX100S.

Key Features
  • Adapts XLR Mics to Camera Input
  • FUJIFILM Mount for Digital Audio & Power
  • HDDA Preamp + Analog/Digital Converter
  • Provides 48V to Condenser Mics
  • 3.5mm Stereo Microphone Input
  • 3.5mm Output for Headphones/Camera
  • In-Camera Recording Ensures Picture Sync

Product Details

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Fujifilm X-H2 with 26MP, Three More Tamron X Mount Lenses, Sigma Keeps Teasing, Firmware Updates and More – Top 10 December Articles

Here are the top 10 articles for last month, December 2021:

  1. While Sigma Sleeps, Tamron Confirms Three More Fujifilm X Mount Lenses Coming Next (11-20mmF2.8, 17-70mmF2.8 and ?)
  2. BREAKING: Fujifilm X-H2 with 26 Megapixel coming 2022 (and Now the Big Question is…)
  3. Chip Shortage Delays Nikon Z9 Delivery to October 2022 – Bad News also for Fujifilm (and Fujifilm X-H2)?
  4. Sigma Can’t Stop Teasing Fujifilm X Mount Lenses and Says Our Patience Will be Rewarded
  5. Fujifilm GFX100S, GFX50SII and X100V Firmware Updates Released
  6. Top 3 Fujifilm Gear I’d Love to Buy in 2022
  7. BHphoto Top 10 Mirrorless Cameras of 2021: the GFX Medium Format Consecration Continues
  8. Viltrox AF 13mm f/1.4 XF Review: Sharpest Viltrox Fujifilm X Mount Lens coming for $469 in 2022
  9. Fujifilm Instax Mini EVO Review
  10. Fujifilm GFX100 and X-T4 New Firmware Updates Released

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New Steelsring EF/GFX PRO Edition Launched

Steelsring is launching the Steelsring EF/GFX PRO Edition smart autofocus adapter. In addition to the multifunctional button there is also an aperture ring with A/C switch like we find it on Fujinon GF lenses.

FUJI Lens Mode Switch Simulation

FUJIFILM GF lens support mode C (Aperture priority by camera command dial) , mode A (Programming auto mode by camera) and Aperture dial mode.

For Steelsring EF/GF I/II/III adapters, with the help of short click of adapter’s MFB (multi-function button), it is able to simulate the mode switch simulation between C and A modes. initial mode simulation is mode C.

For PRO edition, with the add-on control ring in aperture body, it is possible to simulate an aperture dial too, the mode will cycle in C->A->Aperture Dial for PRO edition via short click of MFB, initial mode simulation for PRO edition is aperture dial instead of C for I/II/III adapters.

Lens mode switch simulation works always, is not relevant to adapter’s working mode as Adapter or GF lens simulation.

About MFB(multi-function button)

  • Activate firmware update mode for I/II/III and PRO adapters.
    Press and hold MFB, then connect to PC/MAC via USB cable, then release the button will enable adapter enter firmware update mode.
  • When mounted on camera body with lens combination, after camera power on normally
    1. Short click MFB once, will start lens mode switch between C and A for I/II/III adapter, or C->A->Aperture dial for PRO adapter.
    2. Press and hold MFB for 5 secs or longer, then release MFB, will trigger adapter’s mode switch between Adapter mode and GF lens simulation mode, camera body will reboot EF/GFX adapter to be effective immediately.

About Manual Focus Ring (PRO edition only, not available for I/II/III adapters)

When lens mode switch simulation is in C or A mode, aperture control is done via camera body dial, then we use the control ring to simulate a manual focus ring, it is more like power focusing of curtain EF lenses. To be effective, lens body AF/MF mode switch must be set to AF, and camera body focus mode dial set to MF. Turning control ring, it will activate camera’s MF assistant automatically.

About Automatic Focus Bracketing (PRO edition only, not available for I/II/III adapters)

When PRO adapter’s control ring can function as manual focus ring, it is able to set the begin and end positions of auto focusing bracketing depth now. So before entering Auto Focusing bracketing setting in camera body menus, please make sure adapter’s lens mode switch simulation is in C or A mode, and set Lens body AF/MF mode to AF, then turn the adapter’s control ring to set the position accordingly. Please do not turn lens body’s manual focus ring, it is useless because lens won’t report any distance change after focusing position changed, but FUJI’s algorithm need that value.

After finishing automatic focus bracketing positioning setting, control ring can be set to aperture dial simulation again.

You can read more at the Steelsring page here.

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