A week with the Fujifilm GFX50s

 The amazing guys at Fujifilm lent me the new Fujifilm GFX50s for four days

Being between productions at that time, I decided to take the Fuji GFX50s for a spin. I got to make various types of photos: a test shoot with a model that droped for a go see; a quick shoot with a noir look with a friend; product shots and some street photography through Chiado, Principe Real and Bairo Alto wich is my daily walk to work.

The Fujifilm GFX50s is the perfect “work horse” for any photographer. Its versatility makes it easy to have one single kit for diferent projects and, that for me is great since I usualy find myself chosing wich gear to take to every single production.

The Fujifilm GFX50s is a amazing camera and there are a ton of features that I loved.

One of them is that I can shoot in medium format like it was a standard DSLR.

The Fujifilm GFX50s is 147,5 mm (W) x 94,2 mm (H) x 91,4mm (D) wich makes it close to the size of a regular DSLR and smaller that my Hasselblad HD3-39.

Its better ergonomics makes it comfortable to hold the camera and the vertical grip follows the same design.

The auto-focus mode is slower than a standard DSLR but with its 425 max single focus points you can get a lot of precise focusing

The 3.2 inch LCD monitor is touch screen, a useful tool that needs time to adapt but any touch screen smartphone user can get used to it really quickly.

The LCD monitor tilts so you can adapt it to your needs at the time

This is a feature that I don’t have on either Canon 5D mark III and or  the Canon 5D mark II . This feature comes built in the camera and for me its a precious tool wither you are making street photography or shooting on set.

In terms of practicality the view finder is a must

It tilts making it adaptable to every need you might have and is a clear advantage over my Hasselblad.

The battery has good durability

For longer production days, and expectialy if you use the viewfinder a lot, I advise the use of the battery grip.

Having a dual card slot is great

I use two Sandisk extreame pro SDXD cards and with this feature I can be shooting with one card and creating a backup on the other at the same time.

The Fujifilm GFX50s uses SD cards instead of CF, witch is perfect for me since SD are lighter and more resistant and this way I can take more cards to my productions.

The overall quality of the photos really impressed me. The Fujifilm GFX50s creates an amazing contrast in its photos and have really good detail in the high and low tones.

All the lens have a brass mount for more strength and durability. All lens are dust and water-resistant and freeze proof so you can make the shot regardless of weather or season.

One other great thing about this lens is that almost all of them have the minimum aperture of F32.

I still havent had the chance to try out the GF23mm F4 R LM WR, it looks like a great lens  with  minimal  lens distortion.

Personaly I’m not a big fan of zoom lens but I really liked the GF 32-64mm F4 R LM WR. Its pratical, funcional and defenitly on lens  to have in my  kit.

The GF120mm F4 R LM OIS WR Macro is a well built  lens with a outstanding  quality. With just 980g makes it light to use and the focus on macro is very precise.

Last but not least the GF63mm F2.8 R WR is a almost mandatory lens to have. With a max. Aperture of F2.8 makes it ideal for portrait photography.

After  this brief experience using this camera my ideal kit with the Fujifilm GFX50s is: the body, viewfinder, vertical grip, GF 32-64mm F4 R LM WR, GF120mm F4 R LM OIS WR Macro and GF23mm F4 R LM WR.

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