GFX 100S MEDIUM FORMAT, DAY 2 REPORT

A few other pictures taken with Fujifilm’s flagship medium format GFX 100S, a 102-megapixel camera I tested at the weekend alongside the GF 110mm lens (85mm full frame equivalent). This is definitely a studio beast. We had such a great time with this camera as results were astonishing. The only issue I experienced was the built-in light metering I did not find as accurate as on a Nikon D810 (full frame, 36 megapixels), particularly when having the flash trigger mounted.

Having tested free of charge the camera, the obvious question is… would I buy one? Well, the camera and lens I used come with a heathy price tag, just south of £8k. Is it really worth £8k? The output is amazing but if you are willing to sacrifice a little the output, then a high resolution full frame camera e.g. Nikon D850 with 46 megapixels would yield phenomenal results as well.

Fujifilm X-H2 rumours

All going to plan, next year I will upgrade my camera (part of a 2-year upgrade cycle) with a view of increasing the megapixel tally.

I was originally planning to move to medium format. Fujifilm is due to launch a new “affordable” 50 megapixel camera later this year in the $3-4k price bucket as a 5th addition to the existing 50 and 102 megapixel offerings.  The issue is that  their lenses are pricey and not compatible with the X-series mirrorless system being medium format…

The best option is then moving one step up in the x-series range and wait for the X-H2 camera (to be priced at $1.8k some $200 more expensive than 2020’s X-T4 that is the next gen of the X-T3 I own) which is rumoured to be be launched in 2022 and feature the next generation of in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) as well as a new sensor to match Sony’s APS-C   sensor with a 43 megapixel resolution capable of shooting 8K video with 12-bit color depth.

Fujifilm GFX 100S

I bought a brand new X-T3 four months ago but as a Fujifilm customer I am excited to read about the GFX 100S.

It is like a Mercedes E class owner being stunned by a Maybach!

Typically reviews have been praising the more compact design of the GFX 100S that comes at a lower price compared to the original GFX 100 version. Apparently, the addition of “S” is to remark its “smaller” size whilst retaining all features – including in-body stabilisation.

Please help me out. Why didn’t Fujifilm call it 102 given it has 102 megapixels???

In many respects, the new medium format GFX 100S is a bargain. In the UK it costs £5,500 that is £53.92 per megapixel. To put this into context, the X-T4’s 26.1-megapixel (same per my X-T3) camera costs £1,550 i.e. £59.34 per megapixel.


FYI, a note on the Mercedes analogy I made in the intro. If the GFX100S is the Maybach, then the GFX50S is the Mercedes S-class, the X-T3/4 the E-class, the X-S10/X-T30 the C-class etc.

Link to a 3rd party review of the GXF 100S: CLICK HERE