Fujifilm unveils rangefinder-style GFX 50R medium format: We’ve got Hands-on, Gallery & First Shots!
posted Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 9:00 AM EDT
Click here to see our Fuji GFX 50R Hands-On Preview
It was only a year and a half ago that Fujifilm wowed us with the GFX 50S, a Medium Format mirrorless camera that delivered high-end image quality for landscape and portrait photographers at a price that didn't quite break the bank. It's a camera that set new benchmarks for quality in the professional photography world, and that came close to a price point that enthusiasts could reach.
Today at the Photokina tradeshow in Germany, Fujifilm has announced the GFX 50R, which shaves about $1500 off the price and gives photographers a new Medium Format option with modern day amenities. And while the GFX 50S was styled and shaped in more of a DSLR-mold, this new GFX 50R is all rangefinder, much like an X-Pro2 on steroids.
Our friends at Fujifilm were kind enough to send us a prototype sample of the camera, and even allowed us to shoot with it and post both lab images and real world galleries for you. Bear in mind that these are "beta" samples, however we're confident they're close to the "final" versions you'll be able to expect once the production samples are available.
We called the GFX 50S lab samples the best we'd ever seen. Does the lower-priced 50R match stride? We'll have full analysis for you once we attain a production sample, but that won't stop you curious-minded from pixel-peeing the images yourself, across the available ISO range!
Our publisher Dave Etchells sits down with the GFX 50R to explore all the new features and wonders of this new model. Dive into our GFX 50R Overview to walk through the camera with Dave, and then read about the rest!
We also had a few days in which to take this new model out into the real world, and it's always fun shooting with a camera that the world doesn't even know about yet! Dive into our GFX 50R Gallery to see all the images and even download the RAW files, and stay tuned as I'll have a full write-up on my initial shooting experience coming soon.
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