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20 Sep Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Fujifilm GFX 50S

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Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Fujifilm GFX 50S

The new Fujifilm GFX 50S might just be the star of this year’s Photokina tradeshow. We’re in Cologne and we just got our hands on a prototype of the new medium-format camera.

The first thing that strikes you when you pick up the GFX 50S for the first time is its weight – or rather it’s lack of weight. Considering the size of its sensor, the GFX 50S is impressively small and light. Fujifilm used to make some highly portable medium-format film rangefinder cameras, and it’s obvious that this philosophy has carried over into the new 50S.

Ergonomically, the 50S resembles an upscaled X-series camera. With the grip attached it operates in a very similar manner to the X-T2.

The rear LCD can be tilted for waist-level or high-angle compositions, which is very handy for landscape and studio work. The screen on this demonstration prototype has been grubbied by countless enthusiastic journalist’s fingers, but trust us – once the smudges are wiped off, it’s bright and clear.

As you’d expect, the GFX 50S is considerably ‘deeper’ than the company’s APS-C mirrorless cameras, but the flange-back distance has been kept impressively short, at 26.7mm. This view gives an idea of the size of the add-on viewfinder, which will ship in the

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