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Fujifilm GFX100: Stunning Image Quality, How to use the FOCUS BKT Feature for Focus Stacking, and About its Damaging Bugs

The Fujifilm GFX100 has so many badly designed behaviors and menus that it’s driving me crazy. And then there are the outright bugs, such as with the FOCUS BKT feature, which has bugs that can destroy a series, or at least slightly damage the quality of a focus stacking series. You cannot count on it, which means constant verification, a time sink every time.

How Fujifilm can ship a camera with an algorithm that fails over and over is stunning—the engineer must have never tested it in the field—someone over there needs to get outdoors and make some images. The GFX100 doesn’t always screw up, but it does so more often than not. Still, I love the feature for what it lets me capture even though I have to manually compensate for one frequent bug, which is quite a time-waster, but gets the job done.

The total image quality that can be had from the Fujifilm GFX100 is just stunning—the best I have ever seen and easily better than the Hasselblad H6D-100C in any practical sense of making images in the field with high performance lenses one can carry. Indeed the sensor quality looks better to me too, even though it is a smaller sensor in the GFX100.

I am thrilled with the image quality of the GFX100, though why it has to come with poorly-thought-out menus and behaviors and bugs baffles me. But the image quality is so good that I’m enjoying myself immensely. Never before has it been this good.

About Focus stacking with the Fujifilm GFX100

If you want to do focus stacking with the Fujifilm GFX100*, this series of articles is essential reading, IMO worth the price of admission alone for the disappointment and learning curve it will save you. Fortunately I saw the bugs early, and so only 4 or 5 of my stacking series were damaged—now I work around the problem, as I describe.

Fujifilm GFX100: Focus Stacking is All But Mandatory for Landscape and Similar

Fujifilm GFX100: Using the FOCUS BKT Feature for Focus Stacked Images

Fujifilm GFX100: Bug and Issues with the FOCUS BKT Feature, How to Mitigate

Fujifilm GFX100: Selected Focus Stacking Examples

I will be adding to these pages as I continue shooting:

I no longer have any desire for Panasonic S1R Multi-Shot High-Res mode given what I see from the Fujifilm GFX100, which gives me single shot nirvana. What I want is a Fujifilm GFX100 system. Alas, it is way out of my price range.

CLICK TO VIEW: Fujifilm medium format System

* Focus stacking is the only solution to capturing full sensor resolution for most images needed significant depth of field. If you are not doing focus stacking and you are shooting landscape or similar with the GFX100, you are being foolish at best. For those as serious as I am about getting the very best out of the GFX100, I can train you in the field and on the computer on a consulting basis.

f8 @ 1.5 sec electronic shutter focus stack 9 frames, ISO 100; 2019-08-02 20:27:30
Fujifilm GFX 100 + Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR @ 37mm equiv (45mm)
ENV: Pothole Dome, Tuolumne Meadows, altitude 8600 ft / 2621 m, 60°F / 15°C
RAW: LACA corrected, distortion corrected, vignetting corrected

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