Monday, 29 May 2017

Fujifilm GFX50S Mirrorless Medium Format AAAARRRRRFGGGGHHHHH!!! New Toys In Da House

my last post started with a picture of a box... and so will this one... not just any box though... more than S$10k spent AND not on a watch :-0 EGADS u say what is wrong with the raphmeister? not a watch for Rolex $money$? let me share with u my descent into medium format madness ;) 


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first i was poisoned... poisoned badly at the fujifilm gfx50s preview in Singapore. thanks to Fujifilm Singapore / APAC for the invite down and for the great setups for folks to get cool shots with the cool models there. some of these pix follow.



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this #rooster is a #zoom in from my last picture and you still get a very good amount of detail. original file pixel size is 8256*5504. this crop is still 1970*1560 resized to 1280 on the long end #crop


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then i rented it for one day from camera rental centre (recommend folks give them a try as they're top class) and these are some of the pix i took...


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and i m sold! this is the camera i m looking for!
  • iso1600 is good and 3200 is probably just acceptable but maybe to be only used in desperate times but for anything 1600 and below you r going to get awesome awesome awesome image quality!
  • gobs of detail and cropping power... oh my the cropping power... 
  • the 63mm lens is really nice and sharp and the out of focus rendering is beautiful. for the 63mm handheld at 1/80 it's ok. 1/60 if u're real steady.
  • 110mm f2 is the lens i will be getting next... looking forward to the separation!
  • A lot of pixels to play with so high cropability factor. for 4*6 aspect, we are talking 8256*5504! (or wall sized prints here i come!)
  • Fuji processing = wonderful fuji colors. bayer + tried and true Sony sensor [i.e. used in Pentax 645 and out since 2014 but still awesome]. no fussing about with xtrans which some might want but i think is unnecessary (save it for the next iteration with better high iso perhaps)
  • mirrorless which means no mirror slap. having used the leica s typ 007 with the 75mm summarit f2.5 i can attest to the need for mirrorless in medium format. the mirror slap in the leica meant a lot of camera shake making a lot of pix unusable. [for film medium format users, u will know of mirror slaps that have made u think of Thor! The Thunder God :) ]
  • new huge positive1: flash sync used to be at 1/125 but high speed sync flash is here (or around the corner.. i heard cactus? still waiting though so this is still not there)
Negatives
  • Highest iso is 1600 for decent files which isn't too great in this day and age. In comparison my A7S 12,800 file is cleaner than the gfx 3,200 
  • Huge file sizes (but raws can be opened up in camera raw). this is a tradeoff for resolution so i'm fine with it
  • Autofocus misses at times in normal light and low light autofocusing isn't good 
  • focus by wire lens so not ideal for manual focusing but hopefully i wont be needing to do this much or at all
  • electronic shutter silent shooting is there but a lot of warping as compared to a Sony A7s electronic shutter. so any movement of u or subjects will result in serious warp 
  • wireless tethered shooting is a positive BUT it needs a wifi card... hmm.. 
That's it for now but more pix / posts will come on here or my ig. Cheers raph
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