03 Mar Fujifilm GFX 50S preview
Source: Fujifilm Insider
The Fujifilm GFX 50S is a medium format mirrorless camera with a 51.4 Megapixel sensor that’s 1.7 times larger than the full-frame 35mm format. Announced in September 2016, it’s the first model in Fujifilm’s new GFX system, aimed at photographers who want the ultimate in image quality. It also represents Fujifilm’s solution for resolutions higher than 24 Megapixels which it believes is the practical limit for APS-C. GFX is the World’s first medium format mirrorless system with a focal plane shutter. This eliminates the need for leaf shutters to be built-into lenses, allowing more compact models to be designed, although it can still also work with lenses featuring leaf shutters – adapters for other systems are likely to come. The GFX system introduces a new G-mount which, thanks to the mirrorless design, supports very short flange-back and rear-focus distances; these in turn allow optical designs that deliver wide coverage with minimal distortion and sharp details into the corners at all apertures. Fujifilm promises six new lenses in 2017, the standard 63mm f2.8 (50mm equivalent) prime and 36-64mm f4 (25-51mm equiv) zoom at launch in early 2017, followed by the 120mm f4 OIS Macro by mid 2017, then the 45mm f2.8 (35mm equiv), 110mm f2 (87mm equiv) and 23mm f4 (18mm equiv) by the end of the year. All are weather-sealed and employ fly-by-wire electronic focusing like X-mount lenses.
Back to the first GFX body, the GFX 50S: it’s fairly compact for a medium format body, sharing a similar profile to a full-frame DSLR and weighing around 800g. It features a removable viewfinder to further reduce the form factor if desired, while also allowing accessories to be mounted in-between – including a neat platform which can tilt or rotate it. The screen shares the same articulation as the XT2, allowing it to tilt vertically, or hinge out to the side for easier composing in the portrait orientation. The GFX 50S specification isn’t yet final, but it’s also likely to feature weather-sealing, built-in Wifi (with the same functionality as X-series bodies), 1080p video, HDMI output and a touchscreen. The price hasn’t been finalized, but Fujifilm hopes to deliver the GFX 50S with the viewfinder and 63mm f2.8 standard lens for under $10,000. My hands-on first impressions follow….
Fujifilm GFX 50S preview posted on Fujifilm Insider on .