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Fujifilm GFX 50R 1st Impressions

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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. Here is the link that explains Fujifilm's Color Chrome Effect: https://fujifilm-x.com/global/stories/gfx-technologies-6/ Check out the latest magazine I contribute to: https://mediumformat.com Check out my articles on FujiLove Magazine: https://fujilove.com/author/take-kayo/ My first impressions article on the GFX 50S: https://fujilove.com/first-impressions-fujifilm-gfx-50s/ If you wish to purchase the GFX 50R, here are my affiliate links to B&H Video: GFX 50R body only: https://bhpho.to/2FjwgMr GFX 50R w/GF 45mm: https://bhpho.to/2Fhga5W GFX 50R w/GF 63mm: https://bhpho.to/2FjwkvF For those still interested, here are the links to the GFX 50S: GFX 50S body only: https://bhpho.to/2vHcQrq GFX 50S w/GF 45mm: https://bhpho.to/2FhnTRI GFX 50S w/GF 63mm: https://bhpho.to/2FdllUo *This video was recorded using the Fujifilm X-T3 and XF23mm f/2 R WR lens with the Rode VideoMicro on a boom. Edited in iMove using a 2015 MBP 13". License free music from iMove library titled 'Investigation Medium' for intro and outtro. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ *Thanks for all your support for my YouTube channel. I have started affiliated links to B&H Video and Amazon. If you decide to buy any of these featured items, or buy anything on B&H and Amazon, I will receive a commission on the purchase. It won't cost you any more to use these links, but it will help me to continue making content like this. Thank-you so much for your support of my channel: Affiliate Link to B&H: https://bhpho.to/2vGUl6O Affiliate Link to Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2erHF0d Affiliate Link to Amazon.ca: http://amzn.to/2wpvq8L ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Check out my most recent pictures on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/bigheadtaco Follow me on Twitter for extra pictures, videos, links and useless banter: http://www.twitter.com/bigheadtaco Check out my soon-to-be-updated-and-slightly-neglecte­­­­­d blog: http://www.bigheadtaco.com **Thank-you for your continued support of my YouTube channel, Instagram account and website. There is a cost to reviewing and producing videos and articles. Currently I do not make enough money to maintain or grow the quality and content I want to continue creating. For those who wish to donate, please visit PAYPAL. My account is [email protected] I appreciate every donation and I personally write back a thank-you email. For those who wish to collaborate or participate in a sponsored video, please contact me: [email protected] Thanks again for all your support and happy shooting!
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Phil Jones65 (1 month ago)
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
Phil Jones65 (1 day ago)
+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
Mamiya Phan (1 day ago)
I thought I was the only one to agree with you. I feel "Go 6x7 or go home".
J B (1 month ago)
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 (1 month ago)
bigheadtaco how do you explain the difference on the medium format magazine? One set of pictures look softer than the other they are being sos-payed on the same platform by the same photographer.
bigheadtaco (1 month ago)
I've tested both systems. Unless you're looking at the RAW files on a good monitor, you can't really see if a camera is sharper or not on a video or on a website.
J B (1 month ago)
Does it detect people’s faces and does the eye auto focus work???
bigheadtaco (1 month ago)
+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.
J B (1 month ago)
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.
bigheadtaco (1 month ago)
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.
bigheadtaco (1 month ago)
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.
J B (1 month ago)
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
Ryan Villanueva (1 month ago)
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.
"Hands On", really. This dinosaur of camera makes everything look compact.
For my hands it is a bit small... really waiting for a 100S with an integrated battery grip.
Robert Bruch (2 months ago)
I respect your content allot. I'd love to have a GXR. But your channel has turned into a Fuji film commercial..... sorry
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
I've got a lot of non-Fujifilm content but takes longer to produce. Also, tons of new Fuji gear came out so it's kinda hard to ignore. But don't worry, more varied content on its way
GKhan (2 months ago)
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 (2 months ago)
bigheadtaco yeah , hopefully! I will skip GFXR for now and wait for 2019 ...
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
+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.
GKhan (2 months ago)
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!!!
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
+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.
Robert Alexander (2 months ago)
1080p... Lord!!!
Godfrey Jemand (2 months ago)
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?
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
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.
Koen Speelman (2 months ago)
Fuji x100 in medium format sound nice, but I would rather like to see a digital x-pan camera from fuji.
Joep (2 months ago)
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!
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
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.
Phil Clarke (2 months ago)
Does it take pictures though?
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
Yup.
trishti (2 months ago)
A specialist camera. I need a do it all camera aka the Nikon D850.
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
Cool. You should buy what you need.
*Veganislife* (2 months ago)
X-Pro 3 is definitely going to have a flip screen
Kian J (2 months ago)
I love my xe3, Fuji is in the right direction.
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
X-E3 is fantastic. Highly underrated.
john bolton (2 months ago)
would LOVE to see you working the street with this camera, how you would change lens, etc
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
I'll definitely give it a try, but I don't have access to a videographer to follow me around while I shoot. My channel isn't big enough yet for that :-)
Brennan Probst (2 months ago)
No ISO dial? Pass. Plus, I can't nearly afford it. ;)
You could assign ISO for a dial next to shutter release button. However, I shoot 99% auto ISO, so I do not need this dial at all. Exposure compensation is much, much more useful for me.
のぢGrey (2 months ago)
Finally, they moved the power switch. Fuji is the only camera I have ever had that turns on in my pocket/bag.
thomyi (2 months ago)
Oh wow the shutter sound is no where near as silent as something like the X-Pro2. Definitely louder than the X-H1.
Rongyu Lin (2 months ago)
Really hope Fujifilm is going to make a medium format version of X100 : )
Baek Lee (2 months ago)
I wish they kept the OVF, even just for the aesthetics
Baek Lee (2 months ago)
+Смолин Сергей aesthetic purposes only... You could turn on the EVF just like the xpro2
Just imagine using OVF with a lens like GF 250/4...
Ágoston Berkó (2 months ago)
3.5" lcd would be more adequate sized screen on the back of this brick
John jon (2 months ago)
Will  it work with a Canon tilt shift with adapter i.e image circle etc??  How about a 16-35 Canon?
John jon (1 month ago)
One day when Canon makes more R mount lenses and totally moves from the EF mount I bet there will be a bunch that will work on this Fuji.
telemaq76 (1 month ago)
Yes the tse canon work perfectly. Most of prime cover the image circle. Zoom lenses not that good. But you can use crop mode 35mm now
West Senkovec (2 months ago)
If everything goes as planned, I may be able to afford this around 2030. Probably with a cheaper lens form China because the Fuji lenses could hold their value
darrenchou (2 months ago)
green hat,,
Derek Dibrell (2 months ago)
What's on your hotshoe at the beginning of the video? Is that separate viewfinder?
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
It's the wide angle viewfinder from the X70. I just put it on for aesthetics. It just looks cool
D R (2 months ago)
Sounds silly, but i cnat get this because it doesnt have a screw in shutter for soft shutter releases......
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
I was hoping it had one as well, although the shutter did have nice feedback
Georg E. (2 months ago)
A question: the sensor is in a much smaller body then the GFX50S. So what about cooling at longtime exposure? did you compare both models at long time exp.? some different noise?
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
The GFX 50R isn't much smaller, but yes it is noticeably thinner. I don't think cooling is going to be an issue since the body is still big.
Georg E. (2 months ago)
with big hands like mine i think it s quite right on size. It is the new digital Texas Leica ;-) unfortunately the lenses (exept the 110mm) are too slow.
Georg E. (1 month ago)
+telemaq76 thank you, i did not know that sigma Art fits the GFX
telemaq76 (1 month ago)
They are not slow for medium format. And you can mount most of sigma 1.4 art series on it with almost no vignetting
Georg E. (2 months ago)
+bigheadtaco thank you, i think a 35mm/2.0 would be a nice lens similar to a 28/1.4 in FF....
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
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 :-)
akkual (2 months ago)
I'd like to know how it will handle with 110/2 and 23/4.
wayne Johns_Photographer (2 months ago)
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 (2 months ago)
It'll be very front heavy, and with no real grip, difficult to hold. Hopefully there will be a grip attachment soon
Peter Yu (2 months ago)
Who is this camera really for?
telemaq76 (1 month ago)
For me ah ah
wayne Johns_Photographer (2 months ago)
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. 😉
Benjamin Urbina (2 months ago)
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.
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
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.
Loopsrainforest (2 months ago)
Landscape & travel photographers.
Daniel Spaniel (2 months ago)
Big, ugly, slow focus, slow lenses, expensive. You have to really desire that bigger sensor to want one...
Barry Vaughan (2 months ago)
Daniel Spaniel you don’t need medium format!
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.
GKhan (2 months ago)
Daniel Spaniel lol
Daniel Spaniel (2 months ago)
GKhan I would suggest it’s time for a new girlfriend 😐
GKhan (2 months ago)
Daniel Spaniel my Fuji camera is sexier than my girlfriend
cameraman655 (2 months ago)
Point of curiosity as to why Canadians seem to be the first to get “a shot” (sorry for the pun) at testing Fuji’s new cameras over other countries?
Richard's World Traveler (2 months ago)
They are trying to make Canada great again.
Joel Weidenfeld (2 months ago)
cameraman655 it ain't a accident....Canadiens are more " polite ". More PC, MORE SERVILE AND OF COURSE LEGIT ROYAL SLAVES
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
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.
cameraman655 (2 months ago)
+Mike Gooch Not slamming Canada, they are putting out some great introduction and review videos. It just seems odd that we are so few from the US, Europe, Australia, ect...
Terry Cioni (2 months ago)
Hi Mike, here is the website for X photographers including in the USA, https://fujifilm-x.com/en-us/
jae rose (2 months ago)
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.
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
Yes, similar design philosophy, one on a truck and the other on an ATV. Same but different :-)
Clive Ngu (2 months ago)
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.
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
Me and Chris are having a competition who could pull off the J. Jonah Jameson look the best. Or we can both go Yakuza jet black hair colouring as well...
emgee44 (2 months ago)
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.
supertotoro (1 month ago)
Ibis on medium format is easier said than done
bigheadtaco (1 month ago)
+Ryan Villanueva then they can turn off the touch screen features by going into custom menu. Easily fixed :-)
Ryan Villanueva (1 month ago)
There are actually people out there that are opposed to having a touch and articulating screen in the xpro series. They say it ruin its purity. Whatever that means.
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
My guess is X-Pro3 will have articulating and touch screen as well as IBIS. Fujfilm is currently working on miniaturizing the IBIS system.
martin berry (2 months ago)
No sample images??
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
I'm saving the images for FujiLove and Medium Format Magazine, as well as my full review coming up in a couple months. You can also see my sample images taken on the GFX 50S
Narrative.Light (2 months ago)
Happy to see, that the new camera is smaller than my GW690. Don’t you wanna make a video on comparing the handling vs. the GW690? ;-)
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
I'm actually trying to hunt down the GA645. I think in terms of size they will be more similar, although weight the 50R will be much heavier.
Matt Day (2 months ago)
Must. Get. Hands. On. This.
Taylor Noel (1 month ago)
Bit of GAS there, Matt? :)
C Y (1 month ago)
Matt Day surprised you don't have it yet , Matt! looks amazing doesn't it
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
Hey Matt. Yes. You. Must.
Rex de Jong (2 months ago)
On the X-H1 you can program the exposure compensation button tot a switch. That wat you can use the wheel inmediatly without holding the button :) Thanks for your video's!
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
Yes, but I still don't feel it's as intuitive versus always having it ready at your thumb at all times. Thanks for commenting!
Ben Smukler (2 months ago)
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.
Ben Smukler (2 months ago)
If they can pull it off, they deserve it. They are certainly on the leading edge of providing high quality MF equipment at a much more reasonable cost of entry.
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
Fujifilm understands medium format design from the body to the lenses. They will be the clear market leader by next year.
VapeyGamer (2 months ago)
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.
VapeyGamer (2 months ago)
+bigheadtaco I hope so. Itll be amazing if it could compete on the same price as the 5d4 and d850.
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
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 (2 months ago)
Thanks for showing off the XE3 for size comparison. I knew the GFX50R was big, but didn't realize it was *that* big. Looking forward to seeing a full review someday ;-)
tomxaak (1 month ago)
xe3 is too small for my hands
dante dev (2 months ago)
+Jialiang GuoWith some caveat, aperture and shutter speed will cause some weird bokeh shape.
Jialiang Guo (2 months ago)
bigheadtaco I think in many cases leaf shutter are better isn’t it? And I’m pretty sure X1D has electronic shutter for converting lenses
Daniel Spaniel (2 months ago)
They don’t , buy a central viewfinder camera.
bigheadtaco (2 months 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.
AcidicDelusion (2 months ago)
How do range finder cameras work if you're left eye dominant?
telemaq76 (2 months ago)
I m left eye too and I tried the 50r last days. No problem at all. But the viewfinder is laggy but I mean laaaaaggy
Ben Smukler (2 months ago)
Same here! I didn’t even notice it until my optician pointed it out. I’ve used Leica M cameras for years, and it just seems normal.
bigheadtaco (2 months ago)
AcidicDelusion I’m left eye dominant. Your nose pushes up against the rear LCD. You just have to put up with it. I’ve tried using my right eye. It doesn’t work.

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