Now there is little doubt that Fujifilm is investing heavily in medium format. The Fujifilm GFX50S II is the fourth medium format camera in a short time and the cheapest to date.
The camera is a mixture of GFX50S and GFX100S, where the 51.4 MP CMOS image sensor in 44 x 33 mm size is located in the same camera body as GFX100S. Fixed without 4K video, which the 100S has.
Along with the new camera, Fuji also releases a compact and affordable zoom, GF35-70mmF4.5-5.6 WR, which can also be purchased in a kit with the camera.
Of course, there are more updates in the GFX50S II than just a new camera body. On the inside you will find a five-axis image stabilizer with 6.5 steps, Fuji’s new X-processor 4 and a new and improved focus algorithm that should be better at focus tracking. Even if the camera only has contrast-based autofocus.
The frame rate is therefore low 3 frames / s.
As always in a Fuji camera, the GFX50S II has various movie simulation modes – 19 in number – including the new Nostalgic Neg movie simulation.
If you look at the camera from above, you will see that it is largely identical to the GFX 100S, with the program wheel on the left and a large 1.8-inch screen to the right of the viewfinder. On the back you will find a joystick, an 8 cm large touch screen with 2.36 MP resolution and the same viewfinder as on the GFX 100S.
The camera and the new zoom will be sold from October for SEK 45,000 for the camera body and SEK 50,000 for a kit with the camera and GF 35-70 mm F4.5-5.6 WR. The lens costs SEK 11,000 loose.
GFX50S II facts from Fujifilm
- 51.4 megapixel FUJIFILM G CMOS sensor (43.8×32.9mm)
- X-Processor 4
- Five-axis image stabilization (IBIS) with up to 6.5 steps of compensation
- Compatible with lens for FUJIFILM G mount
- Robust dust and weather-protected construction in magnesium, Weight approx. 900g
- Touch-sensitive 3.2-inch LCD screen with 2,360,000-dot resolution, angled in three directions
- Electronic viewfinder with 3,690,000 dot resolution and 0.77x magnification
- Dual memory card slots (SD / SDHC / SDXC), both with UHS-II support
- Fujifilm’s popular movie simulation modes work in both shooting and video recording
- Real and intuitive controls for selected photo mode, improved joystick for AF point control
- Wi-Fi for wireless image transfer and Bluetooth for permanent, low-power connection to phone / tablet. Possibility to remotely control the camera with the app FUJIFILM Camera Remote
- Microphone input (3.5 mm), switch for remote release (2.5 mm) and headphone output (3.5 mm)
- Funktionen Pixel Shift Multi-Shot (200 megapixel)
- 117/425 selectable focus points (in AF mode: “Single point”)
- Full HD video recording 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 36Mbps.
- Sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 12,800, can be extended to ISO 50/25600/51200/102800
- Raw development to JPEG and TIFF (8-bit) directly in the camera
- Accessory shoe for e.g. external flash and PC sync connector
New XF lenses
It is not just the intermediate format that is being expanded. Fujifilm also releases two new fixed-focal length lenses for the X-Series with APS-C format image sensors.
The wide angle XF 23mm F1.4 R LM WR and the new XF 33mm F1.4 R LM WR are new versions of the older XF 23mm F1.4 and XF 35mm F1.4 respectively.
The two new lenses are weatherproof and compact. They are 78 and 74 mm long and weigh 375 and 360 grams respectively.
The 33 mm lens will arrive in October and costs SEK 9,000. The 23rd is delayed until November and costs SEK 10,500. Note that none of them have backlight protection, it is sold separately.
More new lenses
In an updated overview, a so-called roadmap, Fuji reveals that they are working with more new optics. The XF series comes with an XF 18–120 mm zoom and an extreme telephoto zoom with a 150–600 mm focal length. This corresponds to 27–180 mm and 225–900 mm, respectively. But that’s all we know. The zooms will not be sold until sometime in 2022.
In the G-Series, Fuji has already got off to a good start with lenses that cover most things. But the next time we hear something from Fuji, it might be a new tilt-shift lens. With perspective shift. It will hardly come before 2023, and around the same time they plan to release a GF 55mm f1.7, (equivalent to 44mm).
But before that, 2022, a real wide-angle zoom is planned, a GF 20–35 mm which in 35 format corresponds to a 16–28 mm zoom.