TCSTV and More: Fujifilm GFX50R Reviews

The emphases for Fujifilm GFX50R coverage so far has been around the user experience being different than the Fujifilm GFX50S while retaining all of its image quality, but you shouldn’t expect the GFX to replace your X series camera anytime soon. TCSTV has an interesting take on the GFX calling it “the sledgehammer of cameras,” which is accurate if you’re a fan of image quality. Nothing quite drives home IQ like medium format and the GFX is the only affordable useful system on the market today (The Hasselblad X1D doesn’t compare).

TCSTV emphasizes watching your shutter speed quite a bit in their review, but I think a part of that comes from when photographers get used to IBIS cameras. If you use an IBIS camera regularly it is very easy to be lazy about form, which makes shooting at lower shutter speeds without IBIS practically impossible. I think this is partially why the Fujifilm GFX100S is getting IBIS since many will find it difficult to handhold steadily coming from IBIS bodies. I regularly shoot my GFX with 50mm equivalent focal length lens at around 1/30th handheld and get sharp images, but when I used the Fujifilm X-H1 regularly for a few months I had to increase my GFX minimum shutter speed to  1/125th, so I experienced firsthand how IBIS can make a photograph lazy.

Hopefully, the Fujifilm GFX50R brings new photographers to Fujifilm cameras. I frequently try to share the experience with friends that do not shoot Fujifilm and they always come away impressed. There really isn’t anything quite like the GFX and if you are given the opportunity to use one you will better understand why Fujifilm skipped Full Frame photography altogether.

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