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X100F Lensmate Thumbrest + Half Case * GFX Sensitvity Stops at ISO 1,600 + Reviews * 50/2 Image Review * Fuji Guys X-T20 Top Features (miXed zone)


X20 Award Nominated Image

Award nomination with Fuji X20: Dario Ayala was just nominated for a Canadian National Newspaper Award, the highest recognition for Canadian journalists and photojournalists, for an image that he made last summer using the Fuji X20 whose line, sadly, has been discontinued. The X system gets a lot of love, but this series was a bit overlooked during its existence. See the image on instagram here and link to the nomination here.

Fujifilm GFX
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Fujifilm GFX facebook member C. shared the image above on the group. It shows a heavily overexposed image and what seems to be an insane highlight recovery capbility of the Fujifilm GFX 50s. This image was a great opportunity to clarify what happens inside the GFX:

X-guru Rico (also GFX facebook member), looking at the image above, explained here:

Sensor analysis shows us that the GFX stops writing gain into the RAW file beyond ISO 1600. So this ISO 6400 shot is actually a ISO 1600 shot that is 2 stops underexposed. So 2 stops of the “amazing highlight recovery” are fake. ;) Lightroom simply applied a virtual 2 stop gain on import, which is of course fully reversable. Basically shooting at ISO 6400 is like shooting with DR400% always on.

Nothing really new here, since all Fujifilm cameras with X-Trans I, X-Trans II and also the X-A1/2 and M1 worked exactly the same way. X-Trans III are different, they bake the gain into each RAW (except for ISO 51200, which is actually ISO 25600 with a 1 stop import gain).

To perform a proper test of sensor highlight recover potential, you have to expose a series of shots at base ISO 100, then try to recover and normalize each of them and see where you put your personal limit of acceptable quality.

it was always nice to have additional DR at high ISO with most EXR I and EXR II cameras. This feature is now back with the GFX, but sadly, Adobe LR/ACR fails to apply correct import amplification in most cases. Basically, everything except for ISO 100, 125, 160 and 200 is somewhat off, often by a larger margin than is acceptable. There’s also a white balance issue at higher ISO settings which affects pretty much all external RAW converters (RAWs from the in-camera converter are okay). Of course, I have documented all of this and sent it to Fujifilm, so maybe Adobe will improve GFX support in a few weeks/months with their next Lightroom update.”

Yesterday, GFX member Wei already pointed out over at the group here after the technical sensor measurements tests by Photons to Photos, that “you can’t push the sensitivity up by adopting an ISO higher than 1600. Your sensitivity stops there

More GFX Links worth to be checked out

  • 20 Days with GFX 50s at huseyintaskin: “Once you enlarge the photo from the computer and look it up, it creates a quality threshold that will never come out of your mind. Whatever you do, your mind is staying in that quality. […] DR is an advantage for me, I can make cinematic tones more comfortable. Each transition is very soft in these colors that you give me in these intermediate tones. It gives a rich transition result.”
  • Fuji GFX portrait session review at mikekobal: “Impressive sensor performance at low and high ISO settings. Fuji’s color science shines once again, jpegs out of the camera are beautiful, lots of latitude for easy tweaks, better then raw files on certain cameras!”
  • Join our super-active and super-helpful Fujifilm GFX community
  • Don’t miss a single GFX tidbit and follow our public GFX Facebook page


Fujifilm X100F: Luigi Half Case + Lensmate Thumbrest Pre-order
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  • shared by X100F facebook group member Noel here: “Luigi Case for X100F: I just got an email from Leicatime, stating that preorders are now being taken for full and half leather cases for the X100F. I have a Luigi case for my XPro1 and must say it has aged spectacularly. Not cheap but worth the money if you are looking for something that is art in it’s own right.” Search for [shoplink 55466 ebay]Luigi Half Cases for X100T on ebay here[/shoplink].
  • Fujifilm X100F Thumbrest Black by Lensmate at lensmateonline: “We are working on a New X100F Thumbrest which will be a folding thumbrest in order to get to the dials on back and the top of the camera. Note that our prior X100T Thumbrest will not fit the new camera model as Fuji changed several of the buttons on the back of the camera, and the X100F does not have the bump out under the hot shoe housing. The X100F Thumbrest will be available in both Black and Silver.”
  • Bryan Minear and the X100F in California (USA) at Fuji Guys youtube
  • 30 Days with the Fuji X100F: Day 13 at kylewurtz

Fujifilm X-T20
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Fuji Guys X-T20 Top Features at Fuji Guys Youtube

Fuji X-T20 Straps, batteries, and sushi at Omar Gonzalez Photography youtube

Fujifilm XF50mm
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Fujifilm Fujinon XF50mm F2.0 R WR RAW image review (also Vs. XF35/2) at Kevin Lavoie youtube

Other X-series cameras

Lenses / Converters

  • Fujifilm XF 56 mm F1.2 R vs. Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm F0.95 ASPH at benamarphotography
  • Running away with Fujinon MK 18-55 T2.9 (E-mount) at CVPTV youtube (by Kai)

X-Trans / Raw Converters

a bit of everything

Arctic Horizon Part 2/2 at flipbook.schaake