DPR: Fujifilm GFX100 Studio Scene Flawed

I have a feeling we are going to see a few statements like the one below considering what we have seen from the first couple test shots out there (Like these)

[UPDATE]: While we make every effort to provide the most consistent, representative performance in our studio-based testing, it is sometimes very difficult. After further analysis we’ve discovered our GFX100 shots are fractionally misfocused, an issue exacerbated by the exacting resolutions of the 100 MP system. While these images show that the GFX 100 can capture significantly more detail than its 50MP predecessors, they do not show the full extent of this difference. We are planning to re-shoot the scene as soon as a production camera arrives and would like to apologize for any misconception these images may have furthered.

Even misfocused the GFX100 captures impressive detail, but it might take testers that are unfamiliar with Fujifilm cameras a little time to get clinical testing right.

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Fujilove Podcast With Billy Luong From The Fuji Guys: GFX100, Fujikina 2019 Tokyo, Dual IS, All GF Lenses Work Well At 100MP and More

Fuji Love’s third interview with Billy Luong was posted and it’s just over an hr long. If you have the time you can listen to the podcast on FujiloveiTunes, and Stitcher. You can find our coverage from the first podcast here and the second podcast here. If you do not have an hr to burn the excerpts covering the whole podcast are below:

  • Intro
    • Fujifilm’s lenses were designed for this 100MP sensor
    • Fujikina had a limited edition GFX100 pin
    • Billy likes how the GFX logo was hidden in the Fujikina logo
    • Fujifilm has pins at all of their events, but they are very limited
    • They had a special pin for the 5 years anniversary which is the last he got
    • The GFX system is now a complete line up wise as a camera system that can replace a DSLR
    • GFX100 brings all the latest technology into the medium format realm
    • Others have asked for Still/Video preset profiles for Aperture/Shutter/ISO desireable, but right now they can only do image adjustments per
    • Movie silent control can be used to isolate settings on X-T3
    • Fujifilm dev team is aware of Still/Video preset profiles being desirable so maybe it will happen given the time and resources to add it later
    • Will a camera like the X100 have stabilization in the future for video via firmware update? Billy says absolutely… then back peddles and says that X100 wasn’t really meant for video and if you want a camera that does everything cameras like the X-T3 are designed to be great at a lot of things.
    • X100 and X-Pro are designed more for photography
    • XF10 is quite nice and lightweight as a camera that should go with you all the time so there was a discussion of digital IS being added to the camera
    • Anything is possible if the hardware doesn’t prevent the implementation
    • Resource limitation can also come into play for launch feature sets and digital IS is nice to have, but it hasn’t become widely available on X series yet
    • If Fujifilm has a feature already it’s much easier to implement across their lineup
  • GFX100
    • Exciting launch and lot of people were invited to see the GFX100 being assembled
    • End of June beginning of July is when they will start shipping in volume
    • In the digital world basing our terminology on 35mm is kind of nonsense and Fujifilm is trying to combat that with their terminology related to the GFX
    • If the industry moves to larger than 35mm sensors what kind of terminology will we use then?
    • GFX is slightly smaller than medium format film discussions, but that is legacy technology
    • Fujifilm thinks that large format is the correct terminology to use because it’s more accurate in the digital world
    • Medium format/large format film isn’t very high resolution compared to GFX so it kind of makes sense comparison wise
    • Fujifilm is going to also promote the diagonal of 55mm now
    • GFX should have the greatest appeal to anyone that ever dreamt of owning a medium format camera
    • Fujifilm wants to give people the medium format/large format look
    • GFX100 is for the elite of the elites and archival work
    • 50 years from now you will still get the best resolution you can to preserve the history of the earth
    • 100MP is great, but it’s even better with how much effort was put into minimizing shutter shock
    • If you have rented medium format there is no reason you can’t own it now
    • This camera is designed to be functional and not really ascetically pleasing which is why the dials are missing
    • Grip design was helpful in opening up design possibilities
    • GFX100 uses the same processor as the X-T3
    • The AF between the GFX100 and X-T3 should be the same so the only limitation is the AF motors in the lenses
    • GFX100 is 200% faster than GFX50S
    • If they can design faster lenses for GFX is will be as fast as X-T3
    • The processor is future proof in GFX100 and X-T3
    • GFX is more of a working camera and they think this category of customers do not want dials (I want dials)
    • Removing dials gave them the ability to fine-tune selection more
    • The new display panels are sharper than GFX50
    • New EVF is the best out there with 86fps and it’s removable like GFX50S
    • Should buy the fastest SD cards you can get
    • 802.11ag WiFi so first to support 5GHz which can be used to tether
    • Wired connectivity will be better for tethering still though since it does 10 gigabit
    • Billy recommends getting a USB-C battery pack because it charges the camera very fast
    • Capture One Beta already supports GFX100 and tethering is already working
    • Capture One is great for Fujifilm RAW files
    • The dual gain sensor gives better high ISO performance
    • Better dynamic range and sensitivity than X-T3
    • ISO 100 is the base ISO
    • GFX100 and GFX50 are about the same noise wise, but GFX100 will AF in the dark much better
    • Fujifilm had a very low tolerance when designing the IBIS system so they did a lot of isolation to make the whole system work its best
    • GFX100 IBIS very similar to X-H1
    • Billy feels the IBIS is better than X-H1
    • On the video side of things, GFX100 can be used for shooting documentaries
    • The GFX100 isn’t launching with dual IS like X-H1, but Billy says it should in the future so maybe more stops of stabilization
    • Premista lenses adapt fine to GFX100 and almost covers the entire senor its self
    • GFX100 could be a game changer for cinema like the 5D was
    • Excellent for low light video and photos
    • There are already a lot of video features on the camera
    • Highly capable for video and a great camera to leave DSLR for
    • Can have the Arri Alexa look to video
    • No one has this kind of price/performance
  • Lens Corner GF edition
    • GF lenses were started from scratch with the idea that 100MP was coming
    • When they tested the GFX100 with GF lenses for the first time they were quite happy because the lenses were perfectly matched to the 100MP sensor
    • The GF line is ever growing now
    • Macro extension tube can turn the 120mm f/4 Macro into a 1:1
    • Fujifilm will have a wide GF zoom in the future (Maybe GFX 20-40 mm  F/ 4 or 4.5)
    • GF 50mm f/3.5 will come soon for the GFX50R and will make it the lightest medium format ever
    • Focal plane shutter lets you adapt lots of great glass to GFX
    • No compromise in quality with any lens being used on the GFX100
  • Accessory corner
    • Optional grips add functionality
    • Fujifilm Grips accept batteries and act as chargers
    • They often have deals when launching cameras with a grip
  • Tip Corner
    • Eye sensor has a toggle button to switch between LCD on all the time/EVF on all the time/Auto sensor mode/disable both but only put on EVF when eye to eye sensor/eye sensor but LCD on for review display is the latest and Billy recommends it

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Cine Gear 2019: Fujifilm Talks GFX100 and Video Features That Might Come Like Video RAW

INDIE Shooter shot an interview with Fujifilm at Cine Gear 2019 and a few new details were dropped which are below:

  • 5 to 5.5 stops of stabilization with a more specific 5 stops for adapted glass and 5.5 for native
  • IBIS doesn’t affect the image circle in any way
  • H.265 or H.264 GOP or All-Intra compression in .MOV wraps
  • Internal data rate 10-bit 400MB/s all Intra
  • HDMI clean out 4:2:2 uncompressed
  • Log-F very gradable and Hybrid Log Gamma for HDR
  • Engineers haven’t decided if they will implement RAW
  • Still deciding what kind of video RAW they will use if they add it
  • Will run on any kind of SD Card, but you should use UHS-II
  • v30 SD Cards will work for 4k, you do not really need a v60
  • Preorders piling up fast!

9 day’s until launch and I can’t wait to get mine. It sounds like Fujifilm is already talking about adding a lot of features to the Fujifilm GFX100. Hopefully, we will hear more about photography features like multishot soon.

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Fringer EF-FX Pro II Now Available in Stores

Now that the Fringer EF-FX Pro II is shipping you can preorder from B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon actually has a few in stock still.

  • The 2nd generation! Redesigned aperture ring for more convenient operation.New MCU (more powerful, more resources for firmware update),Better light absorbing design
  • (Electronic aperture ring:)FOR PRO VERSION ONLY, Just like XF lenses, each small step is 1/3 stop and the final position after the smallest aperture is ‘Auto’.
  • All X mount cameras are supported!!- Built-in electronic aperture ring (like XF lenses) – Both bayonets are made of brass
  • (Fast PDAF:) DEMO OF X-T2 AND SIGMA 85/1.4 ART, AF-S (central AF point), AF-S (side AF point) and AF-C. Note: AF performance varies under different light conditions and for different lens models
  • (EXIF recorded:) ALL LENS INFORMATION ; Lens model ; Focal length; Aperture setting ;Support Image Stabilizer functions of EF mount lenses
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Fujifilm GFX100 Technical Analysis Round Up: 10 Days Till Shipment

I have long been a fan of Jim Kasson’s work at the Last Word and he has already started his analysis of the Fujifilm GFX100. If you’re into the scientific aspects of photography then there is no finer blog in my opinion, but the reading can be challenging at times if you do not have a scientific background.

GFX 100 questions – Jim has started by compiling some questions that he hopes to answer when he gets the GFX100. Below are a few of the ones that also interest me, but Jim has a lot more on his site and he’s always adding.

  • How is the weight and the ergonomics
  • Is the new sensor similar to 44×33 of the Phase One 150MP
  • Will the PDAF pixels affect image quality
  • Do all of the lenses benefit from the extra resolution
  • How fast/accurate is the AF
  • Will removing the dials be acceptable (I’m more than a little upset they are gone now)
  • How good is the EVF and peaking with the additional resolution and magnification
  • Is silent shutter useful
  • IBIS performance
  • 14-bit vs 16-bit RAW

Fuji GFX 100 pulchritude, or lack of it – This post talks about the look of the camera and why no one should really care about the look of a camera. I agree with him, but I do want the dials back. I am hopefully Fujifilm will release another GFX with dials soon, because I hate not having them.

Bill Claff’s GFX 100 analyses – Going over Photons to Photos initial results which we posted here. He points out that the GFX100 probably uses analog gain higher into the ISO range than the GFX50S does, but we will have to wait and see because Photons to Photos preliminary results are often slightly flawed. The GFX50 uses analog gain until 1600ISO and then uses digital gain beyond. In Jim’s opinion, you probably shouldn’t push the GFX100 beyond 2,500 ISO and instead should push your images in your RAW editor based on the preliminary Photons to Photos results. The results also make him wonder if the GFX100 sensor and the  IQ4 150 sensor use the same design.

Format size and image quality – Discussing a variety of sensor sizes and the theory of equivalency

What are the limits of equivalence? You need the following to all be true:

  1. Same resolution in pixels across all formats compared.
  2. Full well capacities the same in all formats compared.
  3. Same color filter array (CFA) performance across formats
  4. Ideal lens designs only.

Netting it out

  • For IQ, size matters, and bigger is better
  • But bigger is heavier and more expensive, too – and therefore less popular – and niche markets aren’t where you’re likely to find price/performance stars.
  • Once an image is good enough for its intended use, there is little point in making it better, especially if doing so involves large amounts of cash and great inconvenience.
  • There is no magic.

On-sensor PDAF misconceptions – Sony and Nikon have some PDAF imaging issues that would be considered serious on a 10k camera so what does Jim think about the GFX100’s chances of avoiding them? First, it’s important to understand that PDAF striping and PDAF banding are very different things. PDAF striping doesn’t always happen and it’s pretty easy to just take a second photo to avoid, but PDAF banding is far worse because you can find it when bright elements and deep shadows exist together and the shadows are pushed. Banding happens more often than striping and we only saw it for the first time in Nikon mirrorless cameras because they were trying to correct banding. These flaws can be corrected for though, but a 10k camera shouldn’t have them.

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Fujifilm GFX100 Round Up: 10 Days Till Shipment – Medium Format is Boss, Beastly, a Monster, Amazing AF, Problems and More

A lot of “influencers” currently have the Fujifilm GFX100 in their hands and their reactions are almost universally positive outside of the few that really do not have any experience at all with Fujifilm cameras. It’s interesting that Fujifilm seems to be taking a very Sony like approach to the GFX100 launch, hopefully, it pays off for them. Below I will have some summaries of videos out there in addition to some video and AF demos.

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Above B&H Photo Video Summary

  • This is good, This is good…
  • Seriously professional camera
  • Calls removing the dials made for 2019
  • Awesome customizable mini rear LCD
  • Love the new look
  • Thought the Megapixel race was over years ago, but 102MP
  • You can get a wide/medium/close up all out of one shot with 102MP or fill the frame and make some of the highest quality photos ever
  • BSI sensor that is just nuts
  • 16-bit color but not in continuous
  • IBIS on medium format digital for the first time ever
  • Can’t say enough how great the AF is and calls it X-T3 like
  • Way different than GFX50S/GFX50R
  • Must update all your glass for PDAF otherwise uses old CDAF system
  • Buying the body is a big investment, but the lenses are priced like 35mm glass
  • Awesome 5.7MP EVF
  • Can run on a single battery, but takes two
  • Wishes the portrait grip was rubberized
  • Aimed at professionals and enthusiasts looking for the finest image quality out there
  • Fashion, editorials, portraits
  • If you shoot sports/wildlife there are cameras faster than 5fps
  • He hit every frame tracking someone on a bike
  • An exciting tool for video, but future sensors will have higher readouts so not really an A camera yet
  • Medium format is boss it’s ridiculous to compare to full frame they aren’t the same thing

Above Image Resource Video Summary (A Little More Technical)

  • First BSI sensor this size
  • Using copper wiring to increase the readout speed
  • Slightly better noise performance than GFX50R/GFX50S
  • 14 stops of dynamic range
  • 16-bit and 14-bit RAW mode
  • Continuous shooting doesn’t work with 16-bit RAW
  • M mode that records files like the GFX50S/GFX50R
  • Photoshop/Lightroom read RAW files already
  • First medium format IBIS
  • IBIS weighs about twice what a Full Frame IBIS does and 4x what the X-H1 does
  • IBIS has to be aligned within a tolerance of 20 microns of the lens mount
  • IBIS is 5-Axis giving 5.5 stops of stabilization and there is no dual IS system so the lens OIS has to be turned off
  • A future firmware update might add dual IS
  • Medium format X-T3 for video without 4k60p
  • Oversample 11,604 x 4,352 or 1090
  • Uses line skipping vertically
  • 4:2:0 10-bit internal recording and 4:2:2 10-bit external
  • Internal F-Log
  • Audio 24-bit 48KHz
  • Top panel display very programmable and cool
  • Programmable OLED on the back is very useful
  • Dual core processor that’s about 4x more powerful than the GFX50S/GFX50R
  • Dual Card Slots
  • Surprisingly very light camera
  • Dual batteries for up to 800 shots on a charge
  • USB-C with 30-Watts or more will charge both batteries at the same time with a maximum limit of 100-Watts
  • Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD provides 20-Volt 30-Watts 1.5A PowerCore+26800 PD provides 15-Volt 30-Watts 2.0A so the PowerCore+26800 PD is the ideal
  • Very rugged and the magnesium casting is very light
  • There is an additional magnesium panel inside the GFX100 that other cameras do not have
  • Fujifilm has done a couple of things to reduce shutter shock like building in 4 shock absorbers in the shutter assembly along with an internal panel that locks everything together while removing vibration
  • A ton of sealing points so it should be a well-sealed camera
  • Certified down to -10C but the one that went up to Everest hit -40C

Above Vistek Video Summary

  • Wins
    • The color tones are amazing and unmatched with all the detail you could need
    • There are 65k more colors in a 16-bit file then a 14-bit file which is handy for post-processing
    • Great for commercial portrait work
    • Skintones unlike any other camera, he has used before
    • Operates like a 35mm SLR
    • IBIS lets you hand hold below 1/250th a second reliably
    • Consistently sharp images at 1/30th a second and Fujifilm claims 1/3-1/8
    • More usable than any other medium format camera on the market
    • 4k DCI video 10-bit internal so no lost information in the shadows
    • Medium format X-T3 when it comes to video
    • They line skip in one direction and supersample in another
    • Some rolling shutter, but not very obvious
    • Pretty close to 35mm for rolling shutter
    • AF is great even though he’s not used to shooting AF
    • Everyone was blown away by the AF of this camera
    • Jaw dropping image quality
    • Can work for everything you do
    • 5.7MP EVF is the clearest/sharpest EVF he has ever used with close to optical viewfinder performance at 85fps
    • $10,000 is a lot but the next stop up is 3x more expensive and not really comparable
    • Thinks it should hold it’s value for the next decade
  • Challenges
    • Files are huge with RAW files being over 200MB
    • You need fast cards for this camera or you will suffer from serious buffer lag time so get 300MB/s cards
    • Shift to large format terminology because of 35mm video market can be confusing since many large format lenses won’t have image circles that are large enough
    • The dials missing will be an issue from Fujifilm photographers so the learning curve isn’t great compared to Fujifilm cameras even though the menus are unchanged
    • The vertical grip isn’t the most useful because of the different size and texture
    • The rear dial is way too small and easy to press by accident
    • Heavy but not compared to other medium format cameras
  • Who is this camera for?
    • Archival tool great for long term archiving or academia
    • If you’re coming from medium format this camera will blow you away
    • If you’re coming from 35mm there is a learning curve
    • Can satisfy just about every commercial photographer

Above CameraLab Summary (Not going to repeat things from above here now)

  • Improved handling and usability since you can take it out of the studio easily
  • Images are very useable out of the camera
  • Decent demo shooting IBIS on and off and it makes a huge difference
  • IBIS makes composition easier especially with a highly magnified view
  • Not much bigger than GFX50S when fitted with battery grip
  • Would have wanted a matching grip even if it made the camera bigger
  • GFX100 best EVF he has ever used
  • Many of the buttons came from X-Cameras and Gordon felt they were too small on X-Cameras
  • The camera needs more controls that are larger
  • SD makes sense because you can get the largest and most affordable cards
  • Should have included a full-size HDMI
  • Battery life is abundant and he never had an issue with battery performance even using Bluetooth and wifi
  • Image quality might get a little better with final firmware
  • Great images right out of the camera with JPG
  • Handheld video is very usable
  • IBIS is even good for walking and recording
  • He vlog’d with it successfully
  • AF isn’t great with video yet
  • Electronic front curtain shutter is fine, but straight up electronic shutter is still slow
  • Overall features make it more attractive than GFX50S/GFX50R
  • AF speed about twice as fast as GFX50
  • Lots of wasted space on the back and should use it with larger buttons
  • The best image quality of any system

Above Matt Granger Summary (Not going to repeat things from above here now)

  • When he had the camera ever shot shared from the camera had to be approved
  • Fujifilm doesn’t think any other manufacturer will match their price
  • He misses the buttons and hates the bottom grip
  • Balances well with the GF110mm
  • Not used to a camera this big having IBIS
  • The price point with this kind of performance is unique and sets a new trend
  • Less intuitive than other Fujifilm cameras
  • Hopeful you can swap new EVF onto this camera in the future
  • $10,000 price point is 40% less than the next system out there


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