Fujifilm’s X Summit in London happened yesterday, which kicked off with some talk about their GFX medium format mirrorless camera system. After talking about some new and upcoming lenses, like the recently announced GF 45-100mm f/4, Fujifilm announced that they’re planning to introduce a 400-megapixel “pixel shift” mode to the Fujifilm GFX 100.
While it might look like Lok Cheung is preparing for a viral outbreak in the image for the above video, he’s actually dressed to enter the cleanroom at Fujifilm’s Sendai factory in Japan, where they assemble the sensors for the Fujifilm GFX 100 medium format mirrorless camera.
Lok mentions in the video that this footage was shot a while ago when the Fuji X-H1 was still in production, but it still offers some fascinating insight into Fujifilm’s approach to assembling cameras, with much of the final assembly being done by hand.
Fujifilm has issued a service advisory for the recently announced Fuji GFX 100, citing issues with the “Lock” function on the side shutter located on the vertical grip. According to the advisory, some GFX 100 bodies have an issue which prevents the lock mechanism from functioning, to prevent accidental shots being taken when that button is not in use.
Included in the service advisory is a range of serial numbers for potentially affected bodies. I say potentially as Fuji note that some bodies have already had the issue addressed before being sold and are not affected. So they say to contact your local Fuji support/service centre to confirm.
This two-part video series from Johnnie Behiri at Cinema5D covering the creation of the new Fujifilm GFX100 medium format digital camera has been absolutely fantastic to watch. In Part one, Johnnie met with the folks from Fuji to talk about the design and concept of the camera and the challenges faced during that process.
Now, Part 2 has been released which shows the first production run of Fuji GFX100 cameras actually being built. It’s a wonderful insight into the birth of a new camera.
Getting to play with a prototype camera is a little like Christmas morning mixed with Texas Hold’em. There is a childlike excitement in getting to be one of the first in the world to try something totally new, yet it’s also a gamble, and even the best strategy can change with the flip of a card.
You can spend hours preparing for a certain shot, setting up the lights, setting the scene, and then in a flash some odd warning can pop up on the screen and you can’t consult Google or call customer service as, chances are, nobody else has had this problem yet.
News of Fujifilm working on a 100-megapixel camera has been around since Photokina 2018 last September. Finally, only last month, it was unveiled. The Fuji GFX 100 is Fujifilm’s latest flagship mirrorless medium format camera. The folks from Cinema5D got the opportunity to travel to Japan to see the birth of this new camera and monitor its development.
Naturally, they shot video so the rest of us could take a peek. This is just the first part of a two-part series on the making of the GFX 100. Part one deals with the design and development of the camera, while part two will see the factory where the camera is actually made.
It seems that every time a new super high-resolution camera is released, one of the first samples we see of it in use is a timelapse. And the Fuji GFX100 announced a few days ago certainly qualifies under that “super high-resolution” qualifier. So, here’s the obligatory timelapse, and it’s an absolute beauty.