Thursday May 23, 2019...
Fujifilm has announced the arrival of the hotly anticipated, flagship medium format which boasts a 100MP, 55mm large format sensor. I ultimately failed to resist the temptation of going medium format. And while initially I was inclined to explore the Hasselblad universe – especially given the unexpected launch of their X1D ii – at the end I decided to go Fujifilm GFX instead.
While the Hasselblad X1D ii looked stunning and would offer me an overall new experience – the screen touch based interface; the leaf shutter lenses; a brand totally new to me – ultimately the money side spoke louder. I figured with the Fujifilm GFX system I would potentially spend half the money I would need to get on a Hasselblad journey, not to mention future savings if I am to further expand the system with more lenses. Long story short, I bought the Fujifilm GFX 50R together with the GF 63mm f/2.8 R WR lens, and on reartune fom singaporein I have had just over 2 months had shot hundreds of photos in several different scenarios for a proper testing of the camera.
Let me set this straight: although this is a mirrorless camera, this is by no means a small camera, nor is it light or portable like other APS-C or even some full frame mirrorless cameras. If anything, you can only state the GFX 50R is portable by medium format standards. If you have the experience carrying a large, full frame DSLR around, then this comes pretty close: the GFX 50R feels the same due to the weight and the overall bulkiness. Mind me, I’m using it with the GF 63mm f/2.8 R WR lens which, when I took the plunge, was the smallest and lightest available lens. Yet it weighs 4 Build quality is top notch. The top dials – exposure compensation, shutter speed, shutter button and the collar ring dial surrounding it – are superbly well machined and finished. Turn the dials and you will be rewarded with a high quality tactile feed-back. Everything feels right – not too hard and not too loose. The shutter speed dial has a spring loaded button in the middle: you can press / undress it lock / unlock the dial. Very useful.
One detail about the collar ring dial in the shutter button: by default, it is set to change ISO and once it happened to me that I had accidentally changed the ISO without knowing. To cure this, I simply disabled this function and have nothing assigned to this dial now. I shoot in Auto ISO anyway – set to maximum 6400 and slowest shutter speed 1/125. In other cameras I usually set the slowest speed to 1/60, but in this camera, due to its high resolution 51-megapixel sensor, motion blur is so sensitive that I gave it an extra stop.05 grams and is 71mm long.