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Fujifilm releases details of upcoming GFX digital medium format camera, lenses

Create: 09/23/2016 - 20:29
Fujifilm medium format cameras

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Camera will have a 51.4-MP sensor
  • User can switch between different aspect ratios, including panoramic 6:17
  • Six lenses will be available

Bulding on the popularity of Fujifilm’s X series of mirrorless digital cameras, there is now a new system on the horizon from the photography company.

Fujifilm said that because of demand from professional photographers, it has begun development on a medium format Fujifilm GFX mirrorless system with a line of GF lenses.

Fujifilm has named the camera the “GFX 50S.”

It will use a G Format 43.8 x 32.9mm sensor with a 51.4-MP resolution and six Fujinon GF lenses that will be introduced in early 2017.

Much like film, the larger sensor should produce photos that have better depth and resolution than smaller sensors.

The sensor will be able to switch between different aspect ratios. The default will be 4:3. Other choices are expected to be 3:2, 1:1, 4:5, 6:7 and 6:17.

The GFX 50S will use Fujifilm’s X-Processor Pro image processor, and the body will be weather- and dust-resistant.

Other features:

  • A detatchable electronic viewfinder. It can be removed when the camera is connected to an external monitor or to lighten the weight of the system. Fujifilm says an adapter will allow the EVF to be used at any angle.
  • Vertical battery grip to allow the photographer to easily shoot in portrait mode.
  • Tethered shooting via a computer
  • Compatibility with existing RAW image editing software packages.

SIX FUJINON GF LENSES

The initial group of lenses will include:

  • Standard prime “GF63mmF2.8 R WR” (equivalent to 50mm in the 35mm format)
  • Wide-angle standard zoom “GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR” (equivalent to 25-51mm in 35mm format)
  • Mid-telephoto macro 1:0.5 “GF120mmF4 Macro R LM OIS WR” (equivalent to 95mm in 35mm format)
  • Fast aperture mid-telephoto “GF110mmF2 R LM WR” (equivalent to 87mm in 35mm format)
  • Ultrawide “GF23mmF4 R LM WR” (equivalent to 18mm in 35mm format)
  • Wide “GF45mmF2.8 R WR” (equivalent to 35mm in 35mm format)

All of the Fujinon GF lenses will have aperture rings and a “C” (Command) position on the aperture ring that will allow the body to make aperture adjustments.

Each of the lenses will be dust- and weather-resistant

Fujfilm expects the GFX system to be available in early 2017. The price hasn’t been announced.

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UPDATE: While Fujifilm didn't release any photos, a prototype of the camera was on display at Photokina 2016. Here are some photos that a user posted to the Facebook page created for this camera.

(Photos by Joel Collins via Facebook)

About the Author

Mike Elek is a longtime journalist and was one of the original editors for The Wall Street Journal Online. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Vineland, N.J.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New York City; and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He shoots with film and digital cameras.