Few days ago, Fujifilm unveiled the long-rumored GFX-100S—a 102-megapixel medium-format sensor shooter. I almost regret going back to Leica (Q2 and Q2 Monochrom), after letting go the GFX-50R in late-November 2019. Soon after, I purchased and returned the Sigma fp before buying the Q2. I love Fuji cameras, and the 50R surely satisfied. Problem: The impressive physical size intimidated animals and people, which was my primary reason for selling the thang.
The 100S reminds of what I gave up, with respect to image quality and dynamic range—both stellar benefits of the medium-format behemoth(s). So-o-o, this afternoon, I started reviewing some of my 50R RAW originals and happened upon a pooch portrait that silly me forgot to share with you.
The Featured Image is a crop of the companion, which is composed as shot. Vitals, aperture manually set: f/5.6, ISO 100, 1/125 sec, 63mm; 5:43 p.m. PDT, June 15, 2019. Fujinon GF63mmF2.8 R WR lens was mounted; focal length is roughly 50mm full-frame equivalent.
One of my neighbors, who was walking his dog, asked about the 50R. Lots of people would because of the camera’s size and rangefinder styling. I touted the IQ and as quick demonstration took a single, relatively quick shot of the animal and showed him the result on the rear LCD. As the cropped portrait demonstrates, the 50R captures crisp detail while bestowing beautiful bokeh—even at f/5.6.