It has been 5-years since Fujifilm first launched the Fujifilm GFX 50S at Photokina 2016 and right this moment, Fujifilm has introduced that the favored medium format mirrorless digicam system has had an replace that modernises the vary and likewise makes it extra inexpensive.

The brand new Fujifilm GFX 50S II arrived after Fujifilm tasked its designers with the problem of creating a GFX digicam that also presents high-quality taking pictures however at a worth that is accessible to extra individuals. In truth, the designers had been requested to make a medium format mirrorless digicam, with lens, for underneath £4000 and with the equipment lens combo coming in at £3899, it seems to be just like the workforce undoubtedly succeeded. For these desirous to spend rather less, you may as well decide up the GFX 50S II body-only for £3,499.

We got the chance to get hands-on with the brand new Fujifilm GFX 50S II in addition to the Fujifilm GF 35-70mm f/4.5-5.6 WR to present our first impressions on the brand new equipment line-up and we had been additionally capable of seize pattern photographs, too, so you possibly can see for your self how the digicam and lens performs.  

In addition to the Fujifilm GFX 50S II and the Fujifilm GF 35-70mm f/4.5-5.6 WR, Fujifilm has additionally introduced an replace to the X-T30 digicam (Fujifilm X-T30 II) and two new lenses: Fujifilm XF 33mm f/1.Four R LM WR and the Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.Four R LM WR.


Fujifilm GFX 50S II Options

GFX 50S Mark II

The GFX 50S II encompasses a 51.4MP large-format sensor and makes use of the X-Processor Four so the sensor could be older however because it’s coupled with the newer processor, Fujifilm says general efficiency is given a lift.

5-axis in-body picture stabilisation (IBIS) is built-in providing as much as 6.5-stops of vibration discount which is the best seen on a digicam from the GFX sequence. We additionally see enhancements within the AF system because the X-Processor Four and a few intelligent algorithms imply that Face/Eye Detection are extra correct.

There is a ‘Pixel Shift Multi-Shot’ perform that can be utilized to seize 200MP photos and it is a mode that was first launched on the GFX100. If you wish to study extra about this perform, have a learn of our GFX 100s evaluate.

19 Movie Simulations are built-in together with ‘Nostalgic Neg.’ which was launched on the GFX100S and all the choices will be chosen from the menu the place you may discover recommendation on what topics they’re finest used with. It’s also possible to examine how the picture will look with a specific Movie Simulation utilized in Stay View.

There is no 4K video out there however you possibly can seize Full HD video for as much as 2-hours.

In complete, there are 79 upgraded capabilities/options out there on the GFX 50S II of which aren’t presently out there as a firmware replace for the GFX 50S.

As for lens compatibility, the digicam makes use of the GF lens mount, and there are a superb variety of GF mount lenses from Fujifilm (with some third occasion assist) presently out there. The vary additionally continues to develop, too, with the Fujifilm GF 35-70mm f/4.5-5.6 WR been introduced alongside the digicam and the Fujifilm lens street map displaying three new GF lenses arriving between 2022 and 2023. 


Fujifilm GFX 50S II Key Options:

  • 51.4-megapixel sensor
  • X-Processor 4
  • Fujifilm GF lens mount
  • Digital viewfinder (EVF)
  • 3.2inch display
  • 19 forms of Movie Simulation
  • Climate and mud resistant system
  • Prime LCD display
  • Simplified design with PSAM dial 
  • Improved AF
  • 5-axis in-body picture stabilisation (IBIS) 


Fujifilm GFX 50S II Dealing with

Fujifilm GFX 50S Mark II

The Fujifilm GFX 50S II is geared toward those that get pleasure from taking pictures landscapes in addition to portrait pictures or these with small studios. Fujifilm can also be hoping college students will take into account buying the brand new digicam nevertheless it’ll be a substantial funding for them with costs above £3000. That stated, it’s inexpensive than the GFX 50S, GFX 50R, GFX100 and GFX100S.

The very first thing you may discover if you decide up the Fujifilm GFX 50S II is the easier controls (when put next with the GFX 50S) which Fujifilm are hoping will make the digicam really feel extra acquainted to these switching from DSLRs. We truly just like the simplified format with the PSAM management dial doing its job of creating the design really feel a bit extra conventional. It additionally makes the digicam simpler to make use of because the controls are simple. In truth, the mode dial makes it straightforward to choose up and begin utilizing the digicam with out having to check a guide (an excessive amount of), and simply begin taking pictures.

When it comes to form and design, it truly seems to be just about an identical to the GFX100S however the physique is a bit slimmer. Within the hand, it feels very ergonomic with a deep grip that provides you the boldness to hold it in only one hand whereas strolling round capturing photographs. The rear of the digicam additionally has a raised space on your thumb to carry on to and there is ample rubber grip on the digicam, with a superb texture, and loads of area on your fingers to grip on to. If you wish to, you should buy an non-obligatory steel handgrip which may very well be helpful for when teaming the GFX 50S II with longer lenses however with the equipment lens, the digicam dealt with nicely.

Dimension-wise, it measures 104.2mm by 87.2mm and weighs 900g which makes it a compact medium format digicam when put next with the GFX100 however another medium format mirrorless cameras are lighter/extra compact.


Fujifilm GFX 50S Mark II


As you’d anticipate from a Fujifilm medium format mirrorless digicam, the GFX 50S II is constructed from a magnesium alloy and shouts high quality. It is also weather-sealed so will not have any issues with the nice outdated British climate.

On prime of the GFX 50S II, you discover the PSAM management dial that additionally has 6 completely different customized modes on the mode dial, so you possibly can arrange the digicam precisely the way you need it for various taking pictures eventualities, and you may additionally discover a Film / Nonetheless swap so you possibly can rapidly swap between stills and video recording.

The small prime LCD will be illuminated with a small button on the facet of the EVF housing. On default settings, it exhibits you all of the anticipated digicam settings, similar to ISO, aperture, shutter velocity, movie mode, battery life and mode, nevertheless it may also be modified to point out a dwell histogram, or digital ISO and Shutter velocity dials.

Additionally on prime are a few buttons, on/off swap, shutter button and flash hotshoe.


Fujifilm GFX 50S Mark II

Flip our consideration to the rear of the GFX 50S II and we discover a three-way tilting 3.2inch display that gives good color replica. The viewfinder is similar EVF we have seen beforehand (3.69 million dots and 0.77x magnification) nevertheless it’s not detachable because it was on the 50S and there is a giant rubber eye-cup to assist make the digicam extra snug to make use of if you maintain it as much as your eye, and it additionally helps keep away from getting nostril prints on the display because it places far between the digicam and your face.


Fujifilm GFX 50S Mark II

Different capabilities on the again embrace a wide range of buttons, a command wheel, a small Q button you need to use to entry further settings and a joystick management which is barely larger and extra tactile. Ports and the twin SD card slot stay the identical.

Battery life is rated at 455 frames and it is a 2200MaH battery. The GFX 50s captured round 400 frames on a full battery so when utilizing the GFX 50S II, you’ll seize a couple of extra pictures.


Fujifilm GFX 50S II Efficiency

Fujifilm GFX 50S Mark II

We did not have too lengthy with the GFX 50S II however we are able to safely say that it is able to producing distinctive JPEG photos straight from the digicam. Color replica is great and there’s loads of element in photographs. AF efficiency is usually good, too.

As talked about, 19 movie simulations can be found, all producing completely different results. The black and white filters are a favorite however all of them open up extra inventive doorways.


Fujifilm GFX 50S II Pattern Images


Fujifilm GF 35-70mm f/4.5-5.6 WR

P1010043 | 1/60 sec | f/2.8 | 23.0 mm | ISO 200

We paired the Fujifilm GFX 50S II with the brand new compact and light-weight Fujifilm GF 35-70mm f/4.5-5.6 WR zoom lens. The lens covers the favored focal size ranges of 28mm-55mm within the 35mm movie format and we discovered it to be an excellent walkaround lens when taking pictures handheld with fast and quiet AF. It is dust- and moisture-resistant and comes geared up with a deep hood to guard the entrance ingredient from flare. 

You could find extra photos of the Fujifilm GF 35-70mm f/4.5-5.6 WR zoom lens over in information.  


Worth For Cash

The GFX 50S II is priced at £3499 physique solely or £3899 with the 35-70mm equipment lens. It is inexpensive than the GFX100S and GFX100 and general, it is undoubtedly a extra inexpensive medium format mirrorless digicam choice.


Early Verdict

We cannot remark an excessive amount of on our remaining ideas till we have put the GFX 50S II by our full evaluate course of however up to now, we’re impressed with the picture high quality straight from the digicam and likewise with the worth as these two issues mixed imply that Fujifilm has created a extra inexpensive medium format mirrorless digicam that anybody can, actually, decide up and begin taking photographs with.

We sit up for placing the digicam by its paces in a full evaluate very quickly.  

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