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Fujifilm GFX 50S Preview

Fujifilm has announced the new GFX 50S medium format mirrorless digital camera system, which will debut next month alongside three new GF series lenses. With a sensor 1.7x times larger than 35mm “Full Frame” sensor, the GFX 50S can take 51.4MP still images.

Perfect for large format prints and landscape photography, this sensor has a native ISO of 100 and can adapt to multiple aspect ratios, including 4:3 (default), 3:2, 16:9, 1:1, 65:24, 5:4, and 7:6. Fujifilm has carried over the X Processor Pro from the X-Pro2 and X-T2 cameras, bringing along with it Film Simulations, a new Chrome Color Effect, and Full 1080p HD video recording at 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p. All of this has been engineered into a body that weighs about 60% than a medium format DSLR (it’s actually closer in heft to a Full Frame DSLR).

Built with professionals and enthusiasts in mind, the GFX 50S is dust and weather resisting, while boasting a 3.69M dot EVF, a 2.36M dot 3.2″ tilting touchscreen LCD, a 1.28″ LCD sub monitor, a 117-point contrast AutoFocus system, and series of dedicated dials to independently adjust aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.

Fujifilm GFX 50S Key Features

  • 4MP Medium Format 43.8 x 32.9mm sensor
  • X-Processor Pro imaging processor
  • Detachable EVF
  • Adjustable Aspect Ratios
    • 4:3 (default), 3:2, 16:9, 1:1, 65:24, 5:4, 7:6
  • Freezeproof down to 14 degrees F (-10 degrees C)
  • Dust resistant
  • Full HD Movie Recording
    • 1920×1080
    • 97p/25p/24p/23.98p 36Mbps
  • FUJIFILM G Mount
  • Dual SD Memory Card Slots (UHS-11 recommended)
    • 3 Recording Methods
      • Sequential (shooting in order)
      • Backup (record same data on dual cards)
      • Sorting (record RAW and JPEG on separate cards)
    • 3 File Formats
      • JPEG (SUPER FINE, FINE, NORMAL)
      • RAW (uncompressed, compressed)
      • TIFF
    • NP-T125 high capacity battery (400 shots with Auto Power Save ON)
    • Weight: 43oz (825g)

GF Lenses (G Mount)

In addition to the GFX 50S, Fujifilm is simultaneously launching a new series of ultra-high resolution FUJINON GF lenses. Given the architecture of a mirrorless camera system, Fujifilm’s G Mount has a 26.7mm flange back distance, which reduces back focus and prevents vignetting for edge-to-edge sharpness. Even more exciting, the GF Lenses will support image sensors of “over 100MP”. Expect six lenses to drop in 2017 — three at body launch, three sometime later this year.

The initial lenses will be:

  • 8 R WR (50mm equivalent): $1,499.95
  • GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR (25-51mm equivalent): $2,299.95 — pictured
  • GF120mmF4 Macro R LM OIS WR (95mm equivalent): $2,699.95

Pricing & Availability

The FUJIFILM GFX 50S Medium Format Camera Body will be available Late February (2017) for $6,499.95. The first three GF lenses will launch as well, followed by three more GF lenses — a 110mm F2, 23mm F4, and 45mm F2.8 — later this year.

Optional Accessories

  • EVF Tilt Adapter (EVF-TL1)
  • Vertical Battery Grip (BF-GFX1) — pictured
  • H Mount Adapter G
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