Fujifilm GFX 50S First Impression

SIZE AND FEEL

The GFX 50S is a lot smaller than you expect. If you’re coming from a Fujifilm X-T1or X-T2 it’s bigger. If you’re coming from a Canon EOS 5D series it’s roughly the same size. For a medium format camera, it’s downright petite.

The GFX 50S isn’t going to replace your smart phone or compact camera. The autofocus is slow…it reminded me a lot of the first generation m43 cameras, Panasonic GF1 and Olympus PEN 1. Which means it is blazingly fast by medium format standards.

I thought there was a noticeable shutter lag but it turned out to be me forgetting to turn of IMAGE PREVIEW.

In operation it is a slower experience. It’s like a mirrorless camera a few generations old. Again for medium format that translates into ridiculiously fast. Ergonomically it is very much an oversized Fujifilm X-T2 in most regards, which in turn is roughly similar to a Canon EOS 5D or Nikon Dxxx series body.

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RAW [processed]

But when you shoot in RAW a whole new post processing world opens up. If you thought the dynamic range and color tonality of the Nikon D800/810 and Sony A7RII were an abundance of riches…you will squeal in delight with the GFX RAF files.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Fujifilm GFX 50S isn’t magic. In fact in every application I’ve used it for thus far, a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV or Nikon D810 could have produced a similar end result.

  • Different technique.
  • Different lenses.
  • Near same end result.

What I love about medium format digital is the latitude it provides in exposing. I can get the color I want with a lot less effort in post processing as well.

There’s a lot of internet nastiness out there for people who want the GFX. Why?

  • If someone wants and can afford one, congratulations to them.

There’s a lot of people out there who think the GFX is the magic bullet to photographic excellence.

  • Like just about everything in life and photography, your mileage will vary depending on needs and style.
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