This is an evolving review of the Fujifilm GFX 50r medium format mirrorless camera. As always I will try to focus on real world usage and the resulting images. So far Ive shot reportage, sports, travel/family, landscapes and street photography.
I have tried my best to stay away from the Fuji GFX lineup. Mainly because I know Im pretty weak when it comes to dynamic range and they are expensive. But also because I was kinda waiting for the Hasselblad X1D to drop in price (used its in the same ballpark as the GFX50r).
But people kept asking about it. A lot. And when I was selling stuff to buy my dream camera (Leica MD 262) people where convinced I was actually going for a GFX.
Fast forward a few months and a Swedish camera store, Kameradoktorn, asked if I wanted to borrow something for review. So I asked about the 50r with a 63mm f2.8, 110mm f2 and a Kipon Leica-M to GF adapter.
Fujifilm GFX 50r Review – Body & design
The first thing that will strike you is the size. Its not bigger than all the Full Frame cameras I’ve used. Nor is it bigger than the biggest APS-C. Its not even the largest rangefinder styled camera I’ve had. But it is kinda big.
Picking it up I’m surprised to say that it is not as heavy as expected. It feels well built compared to other Fujis but its not as solid as for example Leica. Which at this size is not necessarily a bad thing.
Other than that its business as usual for a Fujifilm. If you have handled for example a Fuji X-Pro2 or X-Pro3 you will be able to pick it up and start shooting immediately. Everything is essentially he same.
Using the Fujifilm GFX 50r
Shooting with the 50r is pretty much like any other Fuji. It feels like a mixture between all the X-pro cameras. It is slightly quicker than the X-Pro1 but slightly slower than the X-Pro2. It has a tilt screen almost like the X-pro3. It can only shoot bursts in 3fps so you wont use it as a pro sports shooter. With that said, Ive used it for sports without issues and outside of work I almost never use burst mode of any kind.
The only thing I had to get used to besides the size was the weird sound of the shutter. It’s not bad sounding, it sounds like any other camera. But it has a weird tempo. It sounds exactly like when shooting a Polaroid with an expired battery.
Click, and then nothing. You stand there waiting for something to happen and then the motor starts winding.
But it’s just the sound. The image is already captured onto the card. You didn’t miss anything. It took me at least two-tree days to learn to ignore the sound and just trust that when I press the shutter it captures the image.
Fuji GFX 50r – The Image Quality
This really is the whole point of this camera. The camera costs $3500 body only and used around $2800. That is a lot of money. So it better deliver the images to back it up.
Spoiler: It does.
Lets face it, there are cheaper and better options If all you want is:
- Shallow depth of field
- Super high resolution
- High Dynamic Range
- Sharp and high quality lenses
- Awesome colors
The same goes for build quality, physical controls, “rangefinder style”, etc and so forth.
But if you want all of it at the same time, in one complete package.. then this might be for you!
I will add a whole lot of samples and thoughts on the image quality that comes out of this system as this review evolves. Because honesty, its a little overwhelming to just scribble it down in a quick sitting… to be continued.
Fujifilm GFX 50r Review – Image Samples
I will update these Instagram samples as I move along and I will add some full resolution samples at a later date.