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Fujifilm GFX 50R medium format camera in sheep's clothing

The new digital Fujifilm GFX 50R Medium format camera resembles a rangefinder camera from the outside. The Camera is the successor to the Fujifilm GFX 50S. What the GFX 50R from the GFX 50S The housing and some controls are different, but the same heart beats in the housing.

Fujifilm GFX 50R digital medium format camera in viewfinder design
Simple and unobtrusive, that's the look of the new Fujifilm GFX 50R  Medium format camera in viewfinder design.

Image quality of the GFX 50R medium format camera

Above all, the image quality of the GFX 50R is no different from the GFX 50S. But the new medium format camera from Fujifilm has a much smaller body, which is modelled on a rangefinder camera. However, there is no rangefinder in the camera but a modern electronic viewfinder that is unrivalled. This makes the camera predestined for all shots except sports, action and wildlife. You can simply take it outside with you and it is no more or less noticeable than a SLR camera.

Fujifilm medium format cameras are particularly suitable for portraits, fashion, Nature photographyproduct photography, business photography and Architectural photography

Sensor size comparison - Sensor comparison smartphone, APS-C, full format and Fujifilm medium format (GFX 50R)But the GFX 50R is not a SLR cameras but a Mirrorless system camera with a huge sensor. The sensor in 44 × 33 mm format has a Resolution of 50 megapixels. Many photographers and photo amateurs will now be asking themselves, why don't I buy a Nikon D850 or Canon DsR, which in fact also 50 Megapixel own. The reason is simple: with the Medium format results in a tremendous depth and plasticity in the images. Quite apart from the sharpness, with a little practice you can immediately tell the difference between a medium format print and an image from an SLR camera. The image looks more vivid, deeper and more three-dimensional.

Here are examples of the image quality using the GFX 50S photos (same sensor, same processor). The images may only be used for viewing purposes. They may not be published, permanently stored or used in any other way under any circumstances. Forwarding them to third parties is also prohibited. Tip: Zoom in using a Image editing software like Photoshop or Capture One Pro into these images to view the details:

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Video GFX50R

This video is a bit "marketing", but it shows a bit of the feeling that medium format develops:

In contrast to the next video by Chris at dpreview, I personally come to the conclusion that the image quality of a GFX camera is better than that of a high-quality SLR camera like the Nikon D850 or Canon EOS 5DsR is a decisive step ahead. Unfortunately, the reviewer completely forgets the outstanding lens qualities in his camera presentation. Neither Canon, nor Nikon or Sony can offer these lens qualities. The sensor is also not old, but proven and offers fantastic dynamic range. There are a lot of preconceptions and misconceptions in the video, but please make up your own mind and download the image examples above:

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GF lenses

Added to this are the legendary ultra-sharp and outstanding Fujifilm medium format lenses (called Fujinon GF lenses), which are already calculated for a resolution of 100 megapixels. Naturally, these lenses also have a larger image circle for the larger sensor of the Fujifilm GFX 50R. In combination, the camera and lenses are therefore capable of sensational image results. Eight lenses are currently available with Focal lengths from 23 mm (18 mm 35 mm equivalent) to 250 mm (approx. 200 mm 35 mm equivalent) are available.

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The technical data of the GFX 50R

  • 51.4 megapixel sensor in G format 43.8 x 32.9 mm
  • X - Processor Pro
  • Electronic viewfinder with 3.69 million pixels
  • Horizontally folding LCD 8.1 cm (3.2 inch) touchscreen with 2.36 million pixels
  • G Mount bayonet (Ø 65 mm) for Fujinon GF lenses
  • Film simulation modes
  • Mechanical focal plane shutter up to 1/4,000 sec.
  • Electronic shutter up to 1/16,000 sec.
  • Contrast - Autofocus
  • ISO sensitivity 100 to 12,800
  • WiFi function and BlueTooth support for energy-saving pairing (Smartphone or tablet)
  • Full HD video (1080p)
  • Splash-proof and dust-proof
  • Weight: 775 grammes
  • Price RRP: EUR 4.499,-
  • Replacement battery price RRP: EUR 135
  • Available in November 2018

Operating the mirrorless medium format camera

The operation of the Fujifilm GFX 50R mirrorless medium format camera is modelled on the X series. If you already own a Fujifilm X-series camera, you can use the mirrorless Unlike the GFX 50S or the X-H1, the GFX 50R does without a shoulder display and has the practical exposure compensation dial on the top right.

Shoulder back of the digital Fujifilm GFX 50R medium format camera
Familiar controls from other Fujifilm Cameras

One of the main operating differences to cameras with smaller sensors is that the photographer should use shorter exposure times for the 50 megapixels. You cannot simply out of the hand with a 1/30 second, a 1/125 or 1/200 second is safer.

As the camera is not designed for sports, wildlife and action Photography it is somewhat slower at three frames per second. In principle, one should not expect particularly sporty results from medium format cameras. Nevertheless, this camera is certainly suitable for the first time as a Reportage camera.

What it has in common with the GFX 50S is the relatively poor flash sync time of 1/125 of a second in the Photo studio. The flash sync speed is due to the fact that the GF lenses are not central shutter lenses. Instead, the camera has a mechanical and electronic shutter, which can also be used in combination (electronic first shutter and mechanical second shutter). However, if you are photographing with a flash system or a flash unit, the mechanical shutter is the right solution.

The camera's autofocus works excellently, just like the GFX 50S. However, if you compare the autofocus with that of a mirrorless Sony camera from the Alpha series, it also seems relatively sluggish. However, it should not be forgotten that the autofocus performance is outstanding for a medium format camera. The additional option of using face detection in AF-C and face detection plus eye detection in AF-S makes portrait photography child's play.

The most important differences between the GFX 50R and the GFX 50S at a glance

Display (touchscreen) Horizontal folding Horizontal and vertical folding
Viewfinder electronic EVF
3.67 million points
*77 Magnification
electronic EVF
3.67 million points
*85 Magnification
Viewfinder Permanently installed Possible angle adapter
Connection (tethering) USB-C connection USB 3.0 connection
Body Rangefinder camera design larger body
Weight 775 grammes 920 grammes
Autofocus auxiliary light Available Not available
Camera strap suspension Normal suspension
Hasselblad suspension (bad)
Market launch November 2018 February 2017
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Test image GFX 50S - same sensor as GFX 50R

This image has an uncanny depth, vibrancy and plasticity that can be appreciated much better at poster size

Conclusion GFX50R - Fujifilm does everything right

Already with the X series, the APS-C cameras, the Japanese company Fujifilm has made it big. Here, too, you can find cameras such as the XT2X-T3 or X-Pro2, which are at the cutting edge of technology. The operating concept of these cameras is also innovative and intuitive. Whilst camera manufacturers such as Canon and Nikon have obviously not come up with anything new for years other than to carry on as before, Fujifilm responds to the needs of photographers from the outset.

Fujifilm cameras are innovative and intuitive

Fujifilm's innovations can also be found in the aperture ring on the Fujinon lenses. Photographic amateurs and photographers can be sure when buying from Fujifilm that the Fujifilm lenses have outstanding image quality. In addition, there are constant firmware updates, which even extend the range of functions of the cameras years later. Apart from that, Fujifilm is really the only camera manufacturer that manages to offer the medium format in this quality at a reasonable price. This is the first time in the digital age that medium format has become suitable for the mass market. None of the other three big players, Canon, Nikon or Sony, offer a medium format camera with such image quality.

Within a very short time, Fujifilm managed to make this medium format acceptable. The company has all the important lenses for photographers (with the exception of a tilt/shift lens) and offers three medium format cameras in a very short space of time:

  • GFX 50S - 50 Megapixel
  • GFX 50R - 50 Megapixel
  • GFX 100S - 100 megapixels

If you want the best image quality for your Landscape photographyThe GFX 50R or GFX 50R es is the right choice for anyone looking for a camera for medium format photography, architectural photography, reportage, business photography, portraits or fashion photography. The GFX 50R is not only a very handy medium format camera, it also revolutionises the price structure on the market. If you also consider that Fujifilm is now working with Capture One If you have one of the best image processing software on board, you can't go wrong buying this camera. Of course, with a purchase price of around €4,500, two lenses and a spare battery must also be taken into account. However, the investment is similar to that of a professional camera. SLR Camera from Canon or Nikon, only that the image results are a whole step more vivid, more vivid and deeper.

Which Fujifilm GFX camera should I buy?

If you are looking for a compact and small medium format camera with these outstanding image qualities, you can't go wrong with the Fujifilm GFX 50R. However, the GFX 50S is also not significantly larger and is absolutely comparable with a professional SLR camera. The touchscreen display, which can also be used in vertical format, speaks in favour of the Fujifilm GFX 50S. In addition, a swivelling viewfinder can be added, which allows you to take pictures almost at stomach height. As with old viewfinder cameras, this has the advantage that you don't feel shot down! Both cameras are excellent.

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  1. GF23mm F4 R LM WR - (comparable to about 19mm in 35mm format)
  2. GF32-64mm F4 R LM WR - (Zoom lens 25-51mm KB)
  3. GF45mm F2.8 R WR - (36mm 35mm equivalent)
  4. GF50mm F3.5 R LM WR - (40mm Kb), pancake (very compact design)
  5. GF63mm F2.8 R WR - (50mm KB)
  6. GF110mm F2 R LM WR - (87mm KB)
  7. GF120mm F4 Macro R LM OIS WR - (95mm KB)
  8. GF 100-200 mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR
  9. GF250mm F4 R LM OIS WR - (198mm KB)

There are two Macro intermediate rings:

  1. Macro extension ring MCEX-18 G WR >>
  2. Macro extension ring MCEX-45 G WR >>

On our own behalf - The better photo course for Fujifilm GFX

Photographer and photo trainer Peter RoskothenWould you like to develop your own photography, learn something new and are looking for a better 1:1? I train photography individually (on request also in pairs plus trainer) for Beginner and advanced users. The individual Course trains your basic knowledge or builds on your existing knowledge and is tailored precisely to your needs. What's more: the Training is great fun and, in addition to theory, we also organise our own Photo excursion. Whether you bring a Fujifilm GFX 50S or GFX 50R, I know these cameras like the back of my hand and can offer you an introduction with button programming. We take care of the Flashing with the camera, the best lenses, operation and the art of photography:

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  • I wouldn't be happy with just two lenses in the long run!

    With the GFX 50R, plus the four most necessary lenses for me,

    you already reach the 15,000 euro mark.

    Although Fujifilm delivers significantly cheaper than other medium format manufacturers,

    medium format remains something for "well-heeled people".

    If the camera earns money, the calculation is different, of course.

    • A all things that really have quality cost money whether it's watches high end motorbikes etc. I think that Fuji Film has made a very fair price and every European is really able to do this if it is important enough to him to pay this price

    • Hello Mr Beitzke,

      There are also many people who have bought more expensive SLR cameras. These SLR cameras also required excellent and therefore expensive lenses for optimal use. So the price has nothing to do with it being Fujifilm or medium format. On the contrary: people who like to photograph wild animals often spend €6,000-10,000 on an excellent telephoto lens. Add to this a fast professional camera from Nikon or Canon. You quickly end up with the same sums as in your example. I think it's subjective whether this is something for wealthy people, because some people simply do without an expensive car for their wonderful hobby of photography and buy a cheap small car. So everyone is the architect of their own fortune.

      In addition, you can now get into medium format with a GFX 50R and a 32-64 mm lens at 7,000. I worked with just one fixed focal length for years and never missed anything. If you have this quality requirement for the medium format and are happy with one lens, then you can finally get started with Fujifilm. This innovation must be emphasised.

      Yours, Peter R.

      • Hello Peter,

        Firstly, thank you for your article. I also think that the digital medium format offers even more than the full format. I have a Hasselblad Digiback CFV-50 c for the V-System. The sensor is very similar to the Fuji, except that as far as I know the Habla has an even higher dynamic range. I'm currently considering whether to switch. Although working with the old 500 C/M is marvellous and contemplative, the exposure control and above all the modern lenses - despite the quality of the Zeiss optics - are arguments in favour of the Fuji. And right - when I compare the pictures from my Nikon 850 and the pictures from the Digiteil, I can see the difference.
        Thanks again for the introduction - it has confirmed my intention.

  • Great report. Very well written and got to the heart of the matter.
    Much better than the marketing rubbish on other sites.
    You can tell that a lot of heart and soul has gone into the text.

  • Hello Mr Rotkothen, I am the proud owner of a GFX50R, I like your reports.
    But now there is a criticism regarding portrait photography.
    The flip-up display also allows you to take pictures at stomach height.

  • I also take photos at the North Sea, so far with a DSLR, and never had any problems with spots on the sensor despite the salt air. After all, the mirror has a certain protective function when changing lenses. When I see the large sensor directly behind the bayonet opening of the Fuji, I am unsure whether the Fuji is the right system for bad weather photography. What is your experience with sensor contamination?

  • Dear Mr Roskothen,
    Many thanks for the great articles and contributions on the Fujifilm GFX 50R. They have only strengthened my decision to buy.

    The Rangefinderg style is right up my street. With my 5D MK III it always bothered me that my nose was poking at the display.

    I'm also not too bothered by some of the criticisms mentioned, such as the display only swivelling in one plane, as the camera can be connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth and can even be controlled. It's slow, but it works.

    Over time, I'm sure I'll add another lens to the 32-64 mm I bought.

    Thank you again for your detailed tests and reports.

    Best regards.

    • With pleasure, Mr Fast,

      I personally find the wide-angle 23mm very interesting. If you like portraits or macro photography, the 110 mm or 120 mm is the best choice. If you would like to try out the lenses, then come and see me on my photography course :-). Have fun and great photos!

      Yours sincerely, Peter

  • Hello Mr Roskothen,

    Thank you very much for the great articles and contributions to the Fujifilm GFX system.

    You have only encouraged my decision to buy medium format. After many years with the Canon 5 series, I have now fulfilled a boyhood dream and got myself the 50 R.

    I'm still in the familiarisation phase but with the 32-64 mmm and the 120mm Macro I'm now well positioned. Many thanks for all your efforts, which some of us consider invaluable help.

    With best regards from Vienna

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