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Fujifilm just announced its cheapest medium format camera yet

Right this moment is Fujifilm’s September X Summit occasion, and the corporate has announced a slew of recent {hardware} together with a number of cameras and lenses for each the GFX and X techniques. Main the best way is the brand new GFX 50S II, the corporate’s newest medium format camera. Extra importantly, at $3,999 body-only, it’s Fujifilm’s cheapest approach into the GFX system yet. For comparability, the GFX 100S prices $5,999 and the GFX 50S nonetheless goes for $5,499. So dropping underneath $4,000 may imply massive issues for the lineup.

The GFX 50S II has a 51.4-megapixel sensor that’s 1.7x bigger than what you’d get in a full-frame camera, 5-axis in-body picture stabilization good for six.5 stops, improved autofocus (in comparison with the 50S), and a physique that’s the identical measurement because the GFX 100S. At 1.98 kilos, that’s fairly compact for all of the superior pictures energy it wields.

With the inclusion of IBIS, Fujifilm says the GFX 50S II “presents new alternatives in the best way standard medium format digital cameras are used” because you’ve acquired extra leeway to shoot with it handheld as an alternative of principally protecting it mounted to a tripod. Nonetheless, one tradeoff with this sensor is that it is determined by contrast-detection autofocus as an alternative of the extra succesful phase-detect strategy on the GFX 100S and plenty of different Fujifilm cameras.

For the reason that physique type carefully matches the GFX 100S, the identical is true of the camera’s dials and controls, that are principally an identical between the 2. Carried over is the DSLR-style PASM dial, in addition to a 1.8-inch monochrome show on the highest plate that can be utilized for different settings and to show your chosen parameters. The principle 3.2-inch LCD tilts in three instructions for high- and low-angle capturing.

The GFX 50S II provides 19 of Fujifilm’s movie simulations, together with the “nostalgic neg” that debuted on the GFX 100S, and a “Pixel Shift Multi Shot” mode that mixes 16 RAW photos into an ultra-high-res 200MP DNG file. Fujifilm may also promote the camera as a package with the GF 35-70mm f/4.5-5.6 WR lens for $4,499. It’s anticipated to be accessible in late October.

Fujifilm can also be introducing the brand new X-T30 II, which is a really modest replace over the unique that principally brings the good thing about up to date firmware and software program options. It additionally good points extra reminiscence (for improved efficiency) and a higher-resolution 1.68-million-dot LCD in comparison with the 1.04M-dot X-T30. It nonetheless makes use of the identical 26.4-megapixel X-Trans CMOS sensor — and no, it doesn’t toss in IBIS or something surprising. Once more, a very powerful improve is that the X-T30 II might be introduced up to the mark on firmware and movie simulations. Fujifilm didn’t even trouble issuing a standalone press launch for this camera. The X-T30 II might be offered sans battery charger for $899 body-only.

As for the corporate’s newest glass, the brand new lenses embrace the aforementioned GF 35-70mm f/4.5-5.6 WR, which Fujifilm describes as “the right gateway” into the element, depth of discipline, and different advantages of its medium format cameras. It’s coming in November for $999.95.

However the X Collection additionally has some thrilling lens additions: Fujifilm has announced two new f/1.4 primes. The XF33mm R LM WR has a weather-resistant construct, and the corporate says it “ushers in a brand new period of optical brilliance and efficiency for X Collection cameras and lenses.” Because it’s equal to 50mm within the 35mm movie format, Fujifilm thinks this can be a good all-around lens. The 15-element lens measures 2.89 inches and weighs 13 ounches. It’s coming in October for $799.95.

To not be unnoticed is the XF23mm R LM WR: this weather-resistant lens is being positioned as “suited to discerning avenue, wedding ceremony, editorial, and documentary photographers.” It has now has a better minimal focus distance of 19 centimeters, as effectively. Curiously, Fujifilm says this one is “designed to help anticipated future camera sensors that supply additional enhanced decision.” Particularly, it could resolve sensors as much as 40 megapixels. It’ll be accessible in November for $899.

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