The new Fujifilm GFX 50S might just be the star of this year’s Photokina Tradeshow at Cologne
The first thing that strikes you when you pick up the GFX 50S for the first time is its feather light. Considering the size of its sensor, the GFX 50S is impressively small and light. Fujifilm used to make some highly portable medium-format film rangefinder cameras, and it’s obvious that this philosophy has carried over into the new 50S.
Ergonomically, the 50S resembles an upscaled X-series camera. With the grip attached it operates in a very similar manner to the X-T2.
As expected, the GFX 50S is considerably ‘deeper’ than the company’s APS-C mirrorless cameras, but the flange-back distance has been kept impressively short, at 26.7mm. This view gives an idea of the size of the add-on viewfinder.
GFX 50S feels roughly equivalent in size and weight to a full-frame DSLR, despite having a sensor 1.7X larger. The body is weather-sealed and build quality is superb.
The viewfinder is exquisite, and at least a match for the exceptional finder in the X-T2 in terms of clarity and size. An additional finder will be available which can tilt upwards by 90 degrees and even swivel from side to side. This kind of articulation is especially useful when shooting in a studio.
The 50S is built around a 43.8 × 32.9mm 51.4MP sensor, without an AA filter. That’s 1.7X bigger than full-frame. Despite the obvious similarities to the imaging chips used in the Pentax 645Z and other cameras, Fujifilm is insisting that this is a new, Fujifilm developed sensor.
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