25 Feb First Impressions: Fujifilm GFX 50S

Source: Fujifilm Insider

The local Fuji rep was at Precision Camera today, demonstrating the new Fujifilm GFX 50S, the 51MP medium format digital camera. I was curious, of course, and headed to the store after work. I had my Olympus PEN-F with me and took a comparison picture with the new Fuji. The Fuji looks huge, but looks can be deceiving. The PEN-F is relatively small, certainly compared to your average DSLR. The GFX 50S, is certainly larger than a full frame DSLR, but not by much. Also consider that the GFX 50S has a sensor that’s 6.45X larger than the Olympus. Given that, the size difference doesn’t seem bad at all.

I attached the Fuji GF120mm f4 lens, the largest of the 3 currently available lens, ideal for portraits. On the PEN-F, I have the 75mm f1.8, which is also a portrait lens, one of the larger Olympus prime lenses. In full frame equivalents, the 120mm Fuji becomes a 95mm, with a 0.79 crop factor. The 75mm Olympus becomes a 150mm. So the Olympus actually has the longer lens.

The GFX 50S is nicely built. At least on par with the Fujifilm X-T2, if not better. All of the dials click nicely and the grip is extremely comfortable, even with the large 120mm lens. There is a nice balance and the lens didn’t feel front heavy. There is certainly a family resemblance between the new GFX and the APS-C X line of cameras….

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