06 Jan The Fuji GFX 50s as a Travel Camera | Thoughts from the Field

Source: Fujifilm Insider

I am just back from a scouting trip in Myanmar for a future tour I am co-leading for Digital Photo Mentor; this marks my last trip of the year and over six months spent shooting with the Fuji GFX 50s Mirrorless Medium Format Camera. Mainly for travel – in this time I’ve taken it to Morocco, Myanmar, Buenos Aires and Havana. I am not making a technical review; this is just my collection of thoughts and experiences after using this camera in the field for the last several months.

I am not sponsored or being paid by Fuji, but I’ve been shooting with their cameras since 2013. Back then I was in search of a compact camera that could be a walk-around to take along with my Nikon bodies, a D4 and D700. Everything started with the Fuji X-E2; little did I know I was at the start of a path that would result in me completely switching to Fuji a couple of years later.

Back then the X-T1 kit, its design and form factor (now the X-T2 bodies), were a pleasure to use and the handling was phenomenal. Also, the quality of the images and the files were appealing to me. At the same time, it helped me to reduce size and weight for my travels … or at least that was what I thought. Bear with me here. The truth is that after I started to build/switch to better glass, the difference in weight as compared with my old full-frame system was not that great. Granted, it’s still a smaller kit, but when you start adding the Fujinon 16-55mm F2.8, the Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4.0, the Fujinon XF 50-140mm F2.8, perhaps one or two primes, two bodies, tripod, filters, etc., well, it makes a substantial kit again. And that is all good, but the point I am trying to make is that what initially caused me to go Fuji is no longer the main reason I keep shooting them. Nowadays, when I want to take family photos or just walk around, my everyday quick-grab camera is the Fuji X-100F. That little thing is a powerful, compact camera…

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