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Fujifilm GFX + 63mm f/2.8 at Their Best, Aperture Series: Aspen and Firs by Lee Vining Creek

Fujifilm GF 63mm f/2.8

Enough with beating a dead horse on the focusing variability.

Here is a series that shows off the Fujifilm GFX and Fujifilm GF 63mm f/2.8 at their very best.

Fujifilm GF 63mm f/2.8 Aperture Series: Aspen and Firs by Lee Vining Creek

Image sizes up to full resolution from f/2.8 through f/11.

These images look fabulous by f/4.5 on an iMac 5K or better. Even f/2.8 looks very nice in total visual impact, though the lack of depth of field is noticeable. It’s loads of fun scrolling around the full-res image on the iMac 5K—so much detail of such high quality.

It seems clear to me that a 100 megapixel sensor would be very worthwhile not just for more detail, but to reduce or eliminate moiré and color aliasing in places (see comments that follow).

This is why you want medium format—for example the 50-megapixel Canon 5DS simply cannot deliver this kind of pixel quality: megapixels are not all the same, not even close. It is the kind of result that make me think “sell the 5DS R and get a GFX”. Of course I cannot do that—I have to review Canon lenses! But that’s the thought anyway.

Aspen and Firs by Lee Vining Creek
f6.4 @ 1/50 sec, ISO 100; 2017-04-05 08:00:24
GFX 50S + GF63mmF2.8 R WR @ 50mm (63mm)

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Larry J writes:

Just wanted to compliment you on the splendid Lee Vining creek photo. I can just imagine it printed 48" on the long side, hung and properly lighted. Beautiful image.

DIGLLOYD: yes, it should hold up beautifully at 48 inches (1.22 meters). It really looks fantastic on an iMac 5K filling the screen... the detail and pixel quality right into the dark tones is really beautiful. I look forward to seeing 8K displays arrive, which is one reason I am publishing my medium format work at full-res. I also look forward to a 75 to 100 megapixel image sensor, see next note.

Dr S writes:

If Fuji were to be able to correct via firmware (don't know if that is even a possibility) their AF anomalies, and correct focus shift, would the system rise to a "reference" standard for Lloyd Chambers? BTW it also seems that moiré from your examples can be a pesky issue at times.

DIGLLOYD: yes—the sensor is fabulous, setting aside the severe moiré issues which may make the camera problematic for some professionals, be it product photography, architecture, fabrics and clothing, etc.

The GFX moiré is as strong as I’ve seen with any camera (and shown in most of my examples), and may stem from Fujifilm’s custom sensor design that enhances sharpness. IMO, it is critical to get to a 100 megapixel sensor if only to reduce the moiré issues.


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