16 May Shooting the Captivating Italian Lakes with the GFX
Source: Fujifilm X Blog
Landscape photographer, Mark Bauer lives near Dorset’s Jurassic coast, which is world renowned for being stunningly beautiful. This part of the country, as well as travelling with photography provides him with a constant source of inspiration. Mark recently visited the captivating Italian lakes. Armed with a FUJIFILM GFX 50S he captured some stunning images. In this blog he talks about his experience with medium format, and how the GFX was the perfect companion for his trip.
My Introduction to Fujifilm
I often review kit for the UK photographic press and was once asked to review an X Series camera for a magazine. I loved it from the moment I picked it up – Fujifilm had got the blend of traditional and modern controls absolutely right. I really liked having a traditional aperture ring and shutter speed dial – I’d forgotten how much I missed those features on modern cameras. And the files were outstanding, with excellent colour and tone; it was like looking at some of my old Fujifilm transparencies! And so, I ended up getting an X-E1 and then when it was released, an X-Pro2 with a range of lenses.
Using Medium Format
When I shot film, my main system was a 6x7cm medium format camera – as a landscape photographer there was clearly an advantage in shooting the larger format compared to 35mm. I still think that to some extent, ‘bigger is better’ and larger sensors provide advantages when it comes to image quality. When Fujifilm announced the GFX 50s, I was very excited, as I thought that, if they were able to translate the qualities of the X Series cameras’ files to the larger format, this would be an excellent landscape camera – and it is.
I’d considered digital medium format before, but the cameras were bulky and heavy. Being mirrorless, the GFX solves that problem and only weighs about the same as a full frame DSLR (in fact, a bit less than some models). I have to admit that I’d always preferred optical viewfinders to electronic ones, though the latest generation of EVFs such as the one on the GFX are excellent and there are lots of useful features, for example, live histograms, that you just don’t get with OVFs.
Resolution, sharpness and dynamic range are impressive enough, but the colour and tonality are class-leading. GFX and Landscape Photography
The GFX image quality is superb – the best of any camera I’ve worked with. Resolution, sharpness and dynamic range are impressive enough, but the colour and tonality are class-leading. There was a reason why back in
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