Fujifilm says it has developed a new medium-format mirrorless digital camera “in response to unprecedented interest from professional photographers.”
The GFX 50S will feature the G Format 43.8 x 32.9 mm sensor with 51.4-megapixel resolution and six Fujinon GF lenses, the latter to be introduced sequentially in early 2017.
The sensor can be adapted to various aspect ratios, including 4:3 (default), 3:2, 1:1, 4:5, 6:7, and 6:17, which were available in large- and medium-format film cameras. The GFX 50S will use the high-performance “X-Processor Pro” imaging processor to provide outstanding colour and tone reproduction at an extremely high level.
Compared to conventional medium-format digital SLR cameras, the GFX is lighter in weight, and achieves a far more compact form factor. The camera follows in the footsteps of the X Series by featuring numerous physical buttons and dials, and is designed with an ergonomic grip, shaped carefully and optimized for the camera body and lenses.
The GFX 50S will feature a detachable electronic viewfinder, which users can remove when using an external monitor or wanting to make the system even lighter. In addition, an optional adapter makes it possible to fit the EVF at any angle, giving greater freedom in the choice of shooting angle. Other optional accessories that will be available at launch include the Vertical Battery Grip, which enhances functionality when shooting in the portrait orientation. The camera also supports tethered shooting, which has become an essential part of the professional photographers’ workflow, and will be compatible with various RAW conversion application software.
A new lineup of GF lenses, designed specifically for the GFX, supports the new G Mount. Taking advantage of the mirrorless system’s structure, the G Mount has a short flange back distance of just 26.7 mm to shorten the back focus distance as much as possible. This prevents vignetting to achieve edge-to-edge sharpness.
The initial lineup will include the following six lenses: Standard prime GF 63 mm f/2.8 R WR (equivalent to 50 mm in the 35 mm format); wide-angle standard zoom GF 32-64 mm f/4 R LM WR (equivalent to 25-51 mm); mid-telephoto macro 1:0.5 GF 120 mm f/4 Macro R LM OIS WR (95 mm equivalent); mid-telephoto GF 110 mm f/2 R LM WR (equivalent to 87 mm); ultra-wide GF 23 mm f/4 R LM WR (18 mm equivalent); wide GF 45 mm f/2.8 R WR (35 mm equivalent).
The lenses will feature an aperture ring and have a new C (Command) Position on the ring to enable aperture adjustments with the Command Dial on the camera body. Each lens will be dust- and weather-resistant, built to withstand operation at temperatures as low as 14 degrees F \ -10 degrees C.
The Fujifilm GFX system will be available in early 2017, pricing to be announced.