Many people are excited by the prospect of the Fujifilm GFX 50S, but very few people have had a chance to conduct a real-world photoshoot with it. For that reason, we decided to take the camera to West Wittering, West Sussex and called on the services of model Angelique to assist us. You can download and view a selection of high resolution sample images captured using the Fujifilm GFX, paired with the Fujifilm GF 120mm f4 R LM OIS WR Macro lens by visiting our Amateur Photographer Flickr page.
Fujifilm GFX sensor
The Fujifilm GFX 50S is the company’s first foray into the fledgling digital medium-format mirrorless camera segment, joining Hasselblad’s X1D. A 51.4-million-pixel CMOS sensor sits at the centre of the Fujifilm GFX 50S, which also uses the newly created Fujifilm G mount. The camera’s large format sensor produces images with an effective 8,256×6,192-pixel resolution in the 4:3 aspect ratio. In comparative terms, the Fujiflm GFX sensor is around 1.7x larger in area than a 35mm full-frame sensor, like the Canon 5DS R and four times the size of the sensors used in Fujifilm’s APS-C X-series cameras, such as the Fujifilm X-T2.
Speaking of his first day out with the Fujifilm GFX, Topham said:
I took delivery of the Fujifilm GFX 50S and immediately got the battery on charge ready to get out with it the next day. The choice of location was West Wittering – a stunning sandy beach on the South Coast, but one that can be pretty demanding on a camera when the wind is blowing. Within minutes of pulling the GFX from my bag the body and GF63mmF2.8 R WR were being obliterated by sand. It’s a good thing its weather sealed is all I can say.
The objective of the shoot was to get a series of sample images with a model in harsh lighting conditions to assess the dynamic range of the sensor and critically analyze the level of detail the sensor resolves. I found the GFX much like a large X-series camera to use in the field. The playback button isn’t in the most intuitive position and focusing isn’t what I’d describe as rapid, but it’s the detail and rendition of colour that just blows you away. It’s so portable and lightweight it doesn’t feel like you’re shooting with a medium format camera.
The camera was simply a pleasure to use and I can’t wait to use it some more before getting my head down and writing my full, in-depth review. Watch this space and check back to Flickr where I’ll be uploading edited images from the shoot and others from another shoot very soon.”
Click here to view a sample of high resolution images from the Fujifilm GFX 50S, captured by AP Deputy Technical Editor Michael Topham.