This is my first impressions review of the soon-to-be-released Fujifilm GFX 50R. This rangefinder styled digital medium format camera has been well received by those who have been fans of Fuji's classic aesthetic designs. Minus the size, shooting with the GFX 50R reminds me of shooting with classic Fujifilm cameras like the X100F, X-Pro2 and the newish X-E3. I had a pre-production copy for over a week and my thoughts on it so far is pretty positive. Performance is on par with the GFX 50S, although I much prefer the ergonomics of the rangefinder styled GFX 50R. Look for an upcoming unboxing and full review of a production copy with sample images. Thanks for watching, don't forget to like, subscribe and tell your friends.
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Say no to pretend medium format digital. Just not big enough sensor v 35mm, makes no sense once you price up the lenses. IMO a major mistake for fuji not to offer APS-C and FF you can use FF and APS-C lenses on the same system
+Mamiya Phan I'm sure others do GFX is unlikely to be a huge seller, in the same way Pentax tried the not much bigger than 35mm format, that never took off very well either. Might as well just get 35mm and forget it unless it's much bigger
From looking at the images on medium format of both the X1D and the 50R. You can clearly see the Hasselblad images are way sharper, have more crispness to them and a more present life like feeling.
Who came up with the 25.00 month price? Way to much, if you ask me.....
+J B please read your own comments if you are talking about being rude. I was being very direct. Remember, I'm helping you by answering your question. If you're asking for my help to answer one of your questions, then you should be nicer. If not, then please contact Fujifilm for more information. Thanks.
bigheadtaco Well you don’t have to be rude. People are spending 5k+ on this camera.
If you didn’t want to be asked questions about it, then why bother even reviewing it.
Why even bother having this channel because now you just sound immature.
Get grip on reality.
Jim BrennanPhotography I’ve said it multiple times to you as well on other videos and articles that Face/Eye detect doesn’t work very well on Fujifilm cameras except for the latest camera. I don’t owe you an explanation and I’m being as accurate as I can. If that’s not good enough for you then I’m sorry, you’ll have to ask someone else who has more patience. Good day.
Jim BrennanPhotography Face and Eye detect does not need half depress of shutter. As soon as it detects a Face or Eye, it starts tracking. It also depends on what mode you’re in, video, continuous or single. In general Face/Eye detect starts on its own. That’s why it needs to be accurate. It’s also linked to auto exposure, which I don’t recommend to link. The way to avoid it is to shoot in manual mode.
bigheadtaco no one is asking about the xt3..... We all already know how to back button focus. I guess you are reluctant to answer the question, for whatever reason??
I can’t see how you claim to be a reviewer have used the camera and can’t answer as to if it can detect a head and focus it. If can’t do that then what happens it just stops out of focus and you have to back button?
I mean seriously if it didnt work you should say so.... it’s one thing to buy something and be unhappy and return it but it’s another to trade a whole system in because you can’t get your stuff back
Love the concept of the 50r. Rangefinder style huge sensor camera. In full frame land I always wondered why only very few manufacturers release rangefinder style bodies. That only one I'm aware off are the Leica Q/M and the Sony RX1.
I have GFX50s with 2 prime lenses and X-pro2 with 2 prime lenses. I was thinking to sell my X-pro2 with lenses and buy GFX50R but i am not sure nowadays. It has old sensor and processor and i was expecting better looking camera for sure. No OVF , No 3way tilt screen , No soft button and optional hand grip. I hope Fuji can make new 50megapixel BSI sensor “ real xpro2 “ look medium format camera. On-off switch button is looking and feeling very cheap. Top buttons too. I am a little bit dissapointed.
+GKhan for sure, but it'll cost them. I think currently Sony is working on the next generation sensor for digital medium format, and I think everyone will upgrade. Leica's sensor is not from Sony, and the sensor size is also different. However, the more players and more sensors sold will definitely drop the price. That's why it took over 20 years before 35mm sensors dropped in price.
bigheadtaco if Fuji ask Sony for BSI 50megapixel new medium format , Sony can do it. New Leica S has new medium format sensor and no other brand can use it. I understand the price tag of GFX50R but Fuji doesn’t need to make that cheap medium format camera and fight with FF. Fuji says we won’t make FF cameras , but with that GFXR , I can understand that they made a cheap camera also to fight with FF too. I would expect high quality finished ( X1D , Leica SL or X-pro2 quality ) rangefinder style camera ... I hope upcoming GFX100s is not coming with fixed integrated battery grip. It should be optional. The mock up looks ugly!!!
+GKhan totally understand your disappointment, but you have to remember that this was made to be priced below what people would have expected from a digital medium format. Plus, the aging sensor is actually built by Sony and not Fujifilm (Fujifilm currently does not have the facility to build their own sensors as they did previously). Until Sony upgrades the sensor (it's actually 4 x M43 sensors fused together) everyone is stuck with this processor, including Hasselblad and Pentax. Wait for the GFX 100S next year, and probably following a GFX 100R after. I would wait if you want more performance.
He and none of the other Affiliates of Amazon and B&H do not say how much they receive. It is estimated at 3%. Does anyone know exactly? It is a trade secret?
One guy mixing different size sensor cameras, pushing Sony a bit MORE.got annoyed when I said
"You work for Amazombie"... He said he doesn't work for them... He does get money/commission from them and they make money when his viewer buys from them but he says he doesn't work for them and doesn't make these videos to make money... WOW, my mistake. OR?
Godfrey Jemand l don’t know what other affiliates make, but let’s say last month I made less than $25 from both Amazon and B&H combined. Many don’t reveal how much they receive because it’s different for everyone and changes month to month. Each category and specific brands pay out different commissions. Some low end but high margin brands can pay out as much as 8%, while major brands (Apple, Microsoft,etc) can pay less than 1%. In the end, I don’t think anyone is going to share you their details because it’s complicated and it’s also their business, not yours. It’s like asking to see someone’s paycheque.
I'm sorry Bigheadtaco, I know you love to share a lot of info, and I love most of your videos but this one was so static I tuned out after 5 minutes. Would have loved to see more footage with it while shooting or on the streets!
Thanks for giving this video a try. It's only meant for those who are really interested in this camera. As you can tell by views (I can also see view minutes which is very high) that many are interested in this. I only had this camera for days and not weeks, so a street shoot-out was not possible. If my YOuTube was big enough I would do more videos where I'm out and about, but alas I have neither the time nor resources to do many of those.
It needs a bigger grip in my opinion, but the GF45mm f/2.8 and GF63mm f/2.8 is reasonably fast for medium format. I can only imagine what a GF63mm f/1.4 would look like if they ever decide to build it :-)
I can already tell you it handles beautifully, the 110mm is one of my favourite lenses... With this combo you will generally find your supporting hand under the length of the 110 anyway, so you don't really end up holding a camera with a lens on it but more so like sitting the lens in your hand with the camera balanced off the back of it... Works very well this way and very comfortable to hold. :). I shot the first GFX50R prototype for Fujifilm here in the UK before its release/launch.
bigheadtaco it also a great studio camera too, I know many pro fashion photographers who have been waiting for the 50R, for studio work. A lot of pro's love the medium format ' rangefinder styling' of the R over the bulky back pack on the S....I shoot the 50S commercially and I've already shot the 50R ( the prototype and pre-prod models) and I can certainly see a 50R going in my bag, and I can see it'll probably get used more than my 50S..... Personally, I love the styling and form factor... I'm sure for those that want an additional finger grip one will be available at some point, Like those available for X pro2, etc. 😉
People like me, who have been looking at medium format for a long time... have a mamiya 645 film and DM22 digital back... the GFX system is amazing in terms of value compared to other medium format out there (not to mention the GFX is not a repair queen like the others) my mamiya dm22 kit needed service before one month.
If you are thinking of getting into the MF system... now is the time... Fujifilm is doing some great deals on their lens pricing and bundles right now.
Already pre-ordered the gfx50r with 45, 110 and 250.
The GFX 50S was built with working studio and landscape photographers in mind. That's who they spoke to when they were designing it. The GFX 50R is really aimed at those who want to get into digital medium format, including professionals and serious amateurs. It's design philosophy is to keep it easy to carry around, unlike the 50S. Great for travel and outdoor use.
This is one of the smallest MF cameras available. And the LEAST expensive one. GF lenses are just fantastic (I personally do not need faster ones, but you could use third party...) The design is really SEXY (and VERY utilitarian as well)... and it does not LOOK as a pro camera which makes it a perfect choice for a street shooting style. I am switching to Fuji 50R from Canon 1Dx.
Most professional photographers aren't Youtubers, and most Youtubers aren't professional photographers. It takes time, money and energy to create YouTube videos, something that most X Photographers (and other brand ambassadors of camera brands) don't feel the time invested is worth the return. That's just the reality of YouTube. It's hard (but not impossible) to be both a successful YouTuber and a successful working photographer at the same time.
I would say the size comparison of the GFX 50R to the XE3 is comparable to Dwayne THE ROCK Johnson and Bruno Mars. Both very fun and want with you at all hours of the day, but very different styles hahaha.
Mind me asking how old are you? Watching your video throughout the years, can't help but notice your white hair is growing... same like Chris from thecamerastore/dpreview. Omg everyone including myself is getting old! Time flies.
It’s an upscaled version r the X-E3 haha! Although you’d think they’d use bigger buttons?
And he nailed it when he said this is what the next gen cameras could look like with an articulating screen: X-E4 or X-Pro 4. Just need to add IBIS and weather sealing and boom...take my money.
Thanks for this first hands-on look! I recently picked up the 50S and am just starting to learn my way around it. I think the Fuji engineers are doing some really exciting work, and it will be a treat to see what they develop in the coming years.
Well I will say the first time I saw it I had to laugh a bit like I did when someone showed me those huge zippo like table lighters. I mean its modeled after a rangefinder style camera but it just looks so much bigger its almost comical. Now that said id love to have one. Ive got no reason to need it and I cant afford it but ive wanted to shoot medium format for the longest time. It just struck me that this camera is actually lighter than my dslr and would pack away in the same bag just as good. If I had the money id definitely get one. I know its not a sports camera exactly but I bet I could get some great sports shots on it along with everything else.
Fujifilm is trying to help bring the cost of owning a medium format down to the level of top end DSLRs. The more of these cameras sold, the lower they can drop the price. Hopefully in a year or two we will see MF cameras under $4000. Still expensive, but better than over $10,000 from a few years ago.
Andrew Power yes many at the event were surprised when handling it in person, but it’s just physics. The Hasselblad X1D is probably the most compact of all the digital medium format cameras, but it’s a leaf shutter system so it has no in body shutter.
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