Fujifilm GFX100 For Film Makers With Philip Bloom

Philip Bloom did a talk for Cinima5D at Photo + Adventure. It’s about 44min and most of it is about The Skiathos Kittens that he made with the Fujifilm GFX100. Below is a summary of what was covered and below you can watch the documentary he made.

  • Canon 5DII was the first magical camera for cinematography 11 years ago
  • Full frame is now old news and medium format video is where we should be going
  • The Pentax 645 was first, but the video was very bad full of image artifacts and rolling shutter problems
  • The Fujifilm GFX50S was much better because it didn’t have artifacts, but the rolling shutter was still an issue
  • The Fujifilm GFX100 is the first usable medium format camera for video
  • GFX100 shouldn’t be good at shooting video, but it is good
  • Philip Bloom made a documentary about The Skiathos Kittens using the GFX100
  • Fujifilm loaned him a GFX100 because he requested one for this documentary
  • Philip didn’t want to like the camera to save the 10k, but he loved it
  • GFX100 isn’t a large camera for videographers
  • You only need 8k for 4k
  • If you used all 102MP it’s about 12k of resolution
  • 1.7x more surface area of Full Frame
  • 4k up to 30p without crop
  • 10-bit internally in 4:2:0 h.265 hvec
  • You’re more mobile if you do not need an external recorder
  • Good codec internally
  • IBIS which is important for filming
  • AF is solid for filming
  • Low light is good on GFX
  • Slow-motion is the one thing it doesn’t do, but it will do it in 1080p, which isn’t good
  • Bigger sensors give you a different look and better low light
  • Can do 10-bit 4:2:2 externally, but not needed
  • Don’t do 8-bit h.264, which he tried because he was running out of space, but it made the final product suffer
  • 8-bit has nasty banding
  • Eterna is beautiful
  • You can turn Log into Eterna with Fujifilm’s LUT
  • It makes sense to shoot Log, but make sure you expose to the right
  • Phillip used the 110mm and 45mm for the majority of this project
  • Manual focus in a nightmare with Fujifilm lenses, because their linear focus mode requires too many turns
  • AF isn’t perfect, but it works 80% of the time for his needs, but it does pulse some
  • IBIS was good enough for car shots on a tripod bungeed in the back seat to look good with the 110mm
  • All of his point of view shots were handheld
  • Took the GFX in the water
  • 6400 ISO is great for video
  • He was shocked at how good the 102MP in low light
  • The GFX100 image is like moving stills the quality is so good
  • It’s a great documentary camera
  • If you use the app for monitoring you lose control of AF so he had to work around it
  • ASCOON wifi transmitter was his solution for being able to see the frame without losing AF
  • Probably would have looked great with a7III, but the GFX has a look he likes
  • Any other camera might not have looked as good though especially in the car the IBIS was great on the GFX100
  • Philip Bloom takes more photos than video
  • The GFX100 is brilliant for images, but Instagram really can’t handle them without resizing before uploading
  • The cropping ability with 100MP is crazy
  • Most people will never see how good the GFX100 images can look
  • Bloom has been putting photos on flickr to share how amazing the GFX100 looks
  • Cinama5D probably should have used some better screens because Bloom complains about them throughout the presentation
  • Q&A he says that the GFX100 preamps are almost as good as Sony’s
  • The preamp is very strong
  • 99% of the video is in camera audio
  • He used 400mbps ALL-I Log 10-bit
  • This project made him buy a GFX100
  • With the GFX50S he would always have another camera with him
  • The Sony a7RIV doesn’t have enough megapixels joking around im sure

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