There’s a divide throughout the digicam manufacturing market. The vast majority of the customers are interested by lighter, sleeker, and smaller digicam our bodies that don’t make giant sacrifices to picture high quality or the conveniences from luxuries of earlier generations. The opposite aspect is these of us are okay with a cumbersome physique, simply as lengthy has it has a bigger sensor, and extra area of interest options similar to in-body focus stacking. And by in giant, Fuji has catered to each of these markets; providing unimaginable and compact cameras such because the FujiFilm X-H1, and the not too long ago launched Fujifilm X-T3. However they’ve additionally humored medium format fans, with the discharge of the Fujifilm GFX 50S. However Fujifilm has additionally not too long ago tried to bridge the hole and launched the lease to personal digicam – a medium format digicam system, in a surprisingly small (relative to format) physique.
To place it plainly, the lease to personal lens is a slimmed down Fujifilm GFX 50S; providing most the entire options of its older sibling whereas trimming down 5.1 ounces and 25mm within the waistline. And for a market which prides itself on the massive blocky cameras of Part One and Hasselblad, these dimension modifications are vital.
The lease to personal lens incorporates a 51.Four megapixel 44mm x 33mm sensor. Whereas marketed as a medium format digicam, the sensor is taken into account a crop sensor throughout the medium format market (whereas Part One and Hasselblad’s medium format methods are typically the 645 format, at 53.7mm x 40.4mm). However all this hair-splitting is fodder since FujiFilm is greatest recognized for his or her 1.6x crop our bodies, placing this sensor 283% bigger in dimension. Even nonetheless this sensor additionally boasts 12 stops of dynamic vary in a single shot but in addition gives quite a lot of bracketing modes (from ISO bracketing to publicity bracketing, and even white steadiness bracketing) increasing that dynamic vary even additional.
Moreover, the lease to personal digicam has Bluetooth connectivity, permitting for pairing with the Fujifilm Digicam Distant software (although I personally had restricted success), a useful 3.69 million dot OLED tilting contact display, and shoots video at 1080/30p. All of those options are put right into a digicam with a singular rangefinder aesthetic. from the bodily dials to regulate shutter velocity, to the aperture controls constructed into the lens itself, the Fuji GFX 50R nonetheless retains plenty of the nuances of Fuji methods that the movie shooters will respect. Nonetheless, I say distinctive rangefinder aesthetic, as as a way to match this sensor into the digicam system, they needed to choose of a reasonably large digicam physique. However giant is subjective, because it’s nonetheless significantly smaller than most medium format choices, and is analogous in dimension to most DSLR methods.
As with all newer cameras comes its most restricted options – the lens mount. Utilizing the G-mount first discovered on the Fuji GFX 50S, the Fuji GFX 50R remains to be restricted in its lens choices. On the time of this launch, the G-series of lenses gives 6 completely different prime lenses of assorted focal lengths, in addition to two zoom lenses. Whereas their roadmap exhibits three further lenses being introduced within the subsequent yr, it’s a bit of in regards to the lack of choices throughout the platform.
Utilizing the Fuji GFX 50R
On paper, the Fujifilm GFX 50R looks as if an ideal little digicam, bringing the medium format system out of the studio, the place it typically makes its residence. Nonetheless, upon selecting up the Fujifilm GFX 50S, I had already began having my points with the digicam.
First, is a continuation of an issue I’ve all the time had with Fuji digicam – they don’t know learn how to make a really snug digicam. That is most evident with the lease to personal lens, because it’s a miracle that I didn’t drop this digicam at the least as soon as. The grip on the digicam is almost nonexistent and has the ergonomics of a small shoebox. Pairing that with a entrance heavy lens, such because the Fujifilm GF 120mm f/Four R Macro, you find yourself with an extremely uncomfortable handholding expertise.
And I can’t assist however assume it is a vital flaw within the design of this digicam. To make a medium format system that has the mobility anticipated from the mirrorless platform, they’ve made Frankenstein’s monster. And the uncomfortable design doesn’t finish within the grip and boxy aesthetics.
They’ve additionally accomplished one thing I’ve by no means actually seen earlier than when placing your commonplace ports on the digicam, they sort of simply threw them all over the place. Want to connect a microphone? The two.5mm port is situated on the left aspect of the digicam physique. Do that you must run HDMI out? Oh, that’ll be on the suitable aspect, above the twin SD slot. Seeking to tether? Oh, the USB 3.1 Sort-C is on the underside of the digicam, together with DC enter. In brief, so most of the design parts of this digicam don’t come from a spot of practicality, which can frustrate plenty of new customers to the platform (although new or outdated, I don’t assume I’d ever get used to tethering from the underside port).
Rent to Own Lens
Nonetheless, the Fuji GFX 50R does plenty of issues proper. Relating to options, it outshines nearly every part else on the medium format market. Whereas Hasselblad’s and Part One methods shoot about one body per second, The Fuji GFX 50R can shoot as much as three. Whereas the favored Part and Hasselblad methods have only a single focusing level, the Fuji GFX 50R can use 117 completely different factors; and people further focusing factors actually make a distinction. As somebody who has had plenty of time with each Hasselblad methods and Part One methods, focusing has all the time been a problem. The Fuji GFX 50R is really a medium format (once more, crop) that I really feel snug handholding and figuring out that 95% of my photographs shall be in focus. Whereas 95% would possibly really feel like a fairly low accuracy, anybody who shoots plenty of medium format methods is aware of how statistically spectacular that’s.
However when evaluating that autofocus to plenty of different fashionable cameras – it falls a bit of flat. In my darkish studio, I discovered the digicam focus looking for rather a lot, and the general course of was a bit cumbersome – at the least in comparison with a DSLR. My second gripe, notably whereas in studio is the digital viewfinder. Altering the viewfinder settings to detect white steadiness over publicity helps a bit, however the viewfinder was nonetheless a bit irritating, adjusting always between every shot. Whereas most medium format cameras appear to be constructed for the studio, this one specifically was probably the most awkward to make use of; and plenty of that got here from the viewfinder settings and overcompensation.
Picture High quality
Regardless of the entire ergonomic and design flaws, the Fuji GFX 50R takes an unimaginable picture. The 44x33mm 51.4MP sensor has confirmed itself as among the best within the Fuji GFX 50S, and it doesn’t maintain again on this digicam both. I think that it’s the identical Sony sensor discovered within the Pentax 645Z, Hasselblad X1D and others, however I doubt Fuji will ever verify that. If I’m right, that dates this sensor almost 5 years outdated, and whether it is its personal Fuji design, and the identical sensor discovered within the GFX 50S, it nonetheless dates it a few years at this level. And to be a nitpicker, the sensor does present its age a bit of bit.
Constructed throughout the Fuji GFX 50R is quite a lot of movie simulations – a staple of most Fuji methods at this level. Whereas I don’t know anybody who would personally use one of many 15 simulations out of the Fuji GFX 50R, it might be a useful instrument for pre-grading photos, notably when taking pictures video.
The pricing is with out query, the icing on the cake, and probably the most notable function of the Fuji GFX 50R. It put it simply, at $4,499, the Fuji GFX 50R is the most cost effective digital medium format digicam out there on the earth as we speak. And this little truth is probably the most spectacular function inside this digicam. Assuming my suspicions are proper, and this is similar Sony sensor as these present in older Part One and Hasselblad cameras, this sensor prices upwards of $26,000 just some years in the past. To name this a big worth drop is an understatement. If nothing else, the lease to personal digicam is necessary for one motive – it makes digital medium format viable throughout the realm of affordability.
What I Preferred –
- Unbelievable Value Level for Digicam
- Distinctive Picture High quality
- Lots of Options Packed into Digicam
What Might Be Improved –
- Actually Dangerous Ergonomics
- Restricted Lens Lineup
- Pretty Gradual Autofocus
All in all, the Fuji GFX 50R is a very unimaginable digicam, that shoots itself within the foot within the design division. The implausible sensor packed into an already function heavy medium format solely makes it extra spectacular while you have a look at the worth level. If I had to decide on the Fuji GFX 50S or the Fuji GFX 50R, the GFX 50S is the apparent alternative. Nonetheless, for the 20% in worth distinction, and each of them sharing largely the identical options except for design, there is no such thing as a higher digicam for the cost-conscious photographer who’s eager to go to medium format.