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.

GFX 100S medium format, day 1 report

Fujifilm UK lent me their flagship medium format GFX 100S camera coupled with their best portrait lens, the GF 110mm (85mm full frame equivalent or 56mm if you come from Fujifilm’s X-trans cropped APSC cameras e.g. the X-T3).

I am shooting indoor tomorrow but these are a couple of pictures from today’s outdoor session. It is by all means a phenomenal camera in terms of resolution and dynamic range, as expected. If you plan to get one, make sure you fit it with a very fast SD card otherwise the buffer – the lag between the camera taking a picture and storing it onto the card – lasts forever.

Make sure you shoot both JPEG and RAW but be aware the RAW file is very large. If you shoot uncompressed RAW, expect each file to weight in excess of 200 megabytes (!!!). Also, if you do not have a state of the art laptop, it is going to take ages to save the output file on both your local drive and onto the Cloud.

The GFX 100S is most definitely not an everyday camera!

The Nikon Sessions II

Another session, this time in a Pret A Manger coffee shop in Holland Park (London) with a Nikon D810 camera. All images shot with a Nikkor (Nikon) 85mm.

The Nikon Sessions

My idea of “recovery” doesn’t necessarily involve “resting” per se. Guess what I did the moment I was allowed some movement on the arm I fractured nearly five weeks ago…. I borrowed my mate’s Nikon camera and took a portrait of him. The location was my local Starbucks.

A few points of note.

I must admit full frame has still the edge on mirrorless in terms of image output. That said, I would not trade my existing camera for a full frame as “size does matter”. My Fujifilm X-T3 is the ideal travel companion thanks to its compact size and and light weight (the Nikon D810 weights 980g vs the X-T3’s 539g). Should I ever decide to upgrade (and I will once I save up £6,500), my next camera is likely to be a Fujifilm medium format (GFX 50 S II) that is actually smaller and lighter than the Nikon D810 DLSR full frame camera I used on this occasion.

Nikon D810 & Nikkor 50mm 1.4 – photo & editing by Stefano Fujifilm
Nikon D810 & Nikkor 50mm 1.4 – photo & editing by Stefano Fujifilm
Nikon D810 & Nikkor 85mm 1.4 – photo by Jutiar Photography, editing by Stefano Fujifilm