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Fujifilm goes medium format: What you need to know about the GFX 50S

Meet the digital medium format Fujifilm GFX 50S

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Forget full-frame, Fujifilm is diving head first into the world of digital medium format and we’re frankly pretty excited. The GFX 50S will make use of a 51.4MP CMOS sensor and X-Processor Pro imaging processor. In terms of surface area, the sensor is 43.8 × 32.9mm or about 4 times the size of sensors used in the company’s APS-C cameras (and 1.7x larger than a full-frame sensor.) And if 51.4MP sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the same pixel count as the Pentax 645Z and Hasselbled X1D (though Fujifilm claims their sensor is newly developed.)

Meet the digital medium format Fujifilm GFX 50S

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The GFX 50S is a mirrorless camera and the body itself looks a bit like a jumbo-sized XT-2. Set to launch in early 2017, several accessories will be available including a pretty cool clip-on accessory EVF ‘prism’ that can be tilted and rotated once affixed.

Meet the digital medium format Fujifilm GFX 50S

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Other accessories include a vertical battery grip, which adds an additional shutter release for use in the vertical orientation, control wheel and additional power. Like the camera, the grip is weather and dust-sealed by design. The camera is also freezeproof down to 14°F. Though we’ve yet to hold the camera, Fujifilm claims it is much lighter than traditional digital medium format cameras and also a good bit smaller. 

Meet the digital medium format Fujifilm GFX 50S

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The GFX 50S’ default aspect ratio is 4:3, however the camera can be set to shoot in a variety of other aspect ratios including: 3:2, 1:1, 4:5, 6:7 and 6:17. 

Meet the digital medium format Fujifilm GFX 50S

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New sensor size, new lens mount: The GFX 50S uses Fujifilm’s new G-Mount, which has a flange distance of 26.7mm. When the camera launches (sometime in early 2017), three G-Mount lenses will be available. The GF 63mm F2.8 WR, shown above, is one of them. It offers a 50mm equiv. field-of-view (due to a 0.79x crop factor). There’s a possibility Fujifilm will kit that lens with the camera body and according to Fujifilm reps, that kit should cost ‘well under $10,000.’

Meet the digital medium format Fujifilm GFX 50S

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Also in early 2017, Fujifilm will be releasing a GF 32-64mm F4 LM WR wide to normal zoom with about a 25-50mm equiv. field-of-view. Like the 63mm F2.8 WR (and actually all G mount lenses) the 32-64mm is weather-resistant.

Meet the digital medium format Fujifilm GFX 50S

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The third lens to ship around the same time as the camera is the GF 120mm F4 Macro R LM OIS WR lens (bottom, left of center). It offers a 95mm equiv. field-of-view and optical image stabilization.

It’s obviously no small task launching an entirely new system with new lens mount. But as far as glass is concerned for the GFX 50S, a normal fast prime, wide to normal zoom and a macro lens feels like a good start. And there are other lenses that will be coming later in the year, more on that on the next page…

Meet the digital medium format Fujifilm GFX 50S

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In mid 2017, Fujifilm hopes to ship the GF 23mm F4 R LM WR and GF 110mm F2 R LM WR lens. The former offers an 18mm equiv. field-of-view and the latter an 87mm equiv. Also, in late 2017, the company will release the GF 45mm F2.8 R WR lens with a 35mm equiv. field-of-view.

That’s all we’ve got for now. We’ll update this article with more information and images once available. But for now, what do you think, is the Fujifilm GFX 50S a camera you’d buy?


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