Fujifilm announces a medium format 51.4 megapixels mirrorless monster, meet GFX 50S

Sep 19, 2016

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Fujifilm announces a medium format 51.4 megapixels mirrorless monster, meet GFX 50S

Sep 19, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Here is something interesting that is coming from this year’s photokina. Fuji just announced the GFX 50S. It is a medium format camera with a sensor that is 70% larger than a full frame DSLR.

The sensor for this new camera is a G Format 43.8 x 32.9mm sensor, and it will shoot in the following aspect ratios: 4:3 (default), 3:2, 1:1, 4:5, 6:7 and 6:17, which were available in large and medium format film cameras. The processor will be a new X-Processor Pro (I don’t even know what that means yet). Since this is a mirrorless medium format fuji were able to create a short flange of just 26.7mm (sensor to lens distance) to shorten the back focus distance as much as possible. This prevents vignetting to achieve edge-to-edge sharpness of the world’s highest level.

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Fuji is trying to differentiate from other medium formats by sticking with their design philosophy. Compared to conventional medium-format digital SLR cameras, the GFX is lighter in weight, and achieves a far more compact form factor. Similarly to the X series it features physical buttons and buttons, which should make the life of a person using it easier.

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The GFX S50 natively uses a monitor, but there is a separate EVF accessory that you buy and attache to the camera.

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Since it is a new mount, Fuji are also announcing 6 new FUJINON lenses:

  • Standard prime “GF63mmF2.8 R WR” (equivalent to 50mm in the 35mm format)
  • Wide-angle standard zoom “GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR” (equivalent to 25-51mm in 35mm format)
  • Mid-telephoto macro 1:0.5 “GF120mmF4 Macro R LM OIS WR” (equivalent to 95mm in 35mm format)
  • Fast aperture mid-telephoto “GF110mmF2 R LM WR” (equivalent to 87mm in 35mm format)
  • Ultra-wide “GF23mmF4 R LM WR” (equivalent to 18mm in 35mm format)
  • Wide “GF45mmF2.8 R WR” (equivalent to 35mm in 35mm format)

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No word on pricing yet, but Fuji plans to start selling this GFX line in early 2017.

[via fujifilmusa]

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2 responses to “Fujifilm announces a medium format 51.4 megapixels mirrorless monster, meet GFX 50S”

  1. Stacey B. Plotts Avatar
    Stacey B. Plotts

    Udi, it has been a very long time since i owned and used the Mamiya(?) C3 & C330(?) twin lense reflex cameras – they were 2.25×2.25″ square negative /slides & i had the prism tops for them w/interchangeable center split focusing screens (for more accurate focusing, natch) and they had the advantage of interchangeable lenses along with a ‘pistol’ grip that fit on the bottom tripod mount area. These were marvelous cameras with too many advantages for me to prattle on about and it caused me tremendous pain when i had to sacrifice and sell them.
    My question to you is, has Mamiya (or any manufacturer) moved into the digital world with large formats? Can you suggest sites or ‘zines – online or physical – that i can delve into to learn more?
    THANX, 1mrstacey@gmail.com

    1. Hector Suarez del Arbol Avatar
      Hector Suarez del Arbol

      As far as I know, Phase One bought a major share of Mamiya same years ago. This makes that Mamiya medium format bodies are also sold under the brand Phase One, being the evolution of the 645 camera range.