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Arriving: Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8R WR for Fujifilm GFX

See my Nikon wish list.

On the way, should arrive tomorrow Nov 27.

The new about $1399 Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 lens for the Fujifilm GFX is a all-around highly useful focal length, about equivalent to a 35mm lens in 35mm format. It’s interesting that it was discounted by $300 along with the other lenses, even before being released. Also, it is disappointing that it costs only $1399, because that means it will be very good, but not outstanding—pretty much a guarantee, as with the GF 63mm f/2.8. It also means that not much can be spent on quality control at that pricing.

I’ll be reviewing the Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 in diglloyd Medium Format.

Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR

I expect to see a 100-megapixel Fujifilm GFX-100 next year (Sony has announced the sensor already). Thus I would not be a buyer of the GFX system at this time given the cost of the camera body. Next year I’ll be be hard-pressed to not buy a GFX-100, because nothing else will come close, though perhaps more surprises await. What if, for example, a GFX-100 also offers a pixel shift capability? That would be like a 150 megapixel camera, at least.

One fly in the soup: 100-megapixel sensors will be merciless to lens weaknesses, which does not bode well for some of the problems I saw with focusing with the GFX (possibly improved with the latest firmware), and with Fujifilm GF lens skew and so on. At 100 megapixels on a 44 X 33mm sensor, everything has to be perfect within a few microns, which might be like winning the lottery unless Fujifilm tightens up tolerances and quality control considerably, let alone preventing coke-bottle-grade lens samples from slipping out the door.

GFX vs Nikon D850

My Nikon D850 should arrive at Nikon tech facility tomorrow for its flange focal offset evaluation. When it returns, it will be interesting to compare* the Fujifilm GFX to the Nikon D850 + Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4. The differing aspect ratios call for looking at frame width presumably, but if one shoots at 4:3 preferentially, then it is even more in favor of the GFX due to cropping 3:2 down to 4:3.

GFX vs Sony A7R III

Not yet here but like the Nikon D850, but pixel shift on the Sony A7R III vs the Fujifilm GFX should prove extremely interesting*. I expect the Sony A7R III with pixel shift to out-resolve the GFX. The issue is that I do not have a 35mm lens on hand for the Sony, so I’ll need to obtain one.

* I do not intend to cross-post such comparisons in DSLR and Mirrorless (here’s why). Please subscribe to diglloyd Medium Format or the FULL/everything deal (login if already a subscriber for best pricing).

Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR
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