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Fujifilm GFX100: Focus Stacking Examples with Fujifilm GF 23mm f/4, Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8

The total image quality that can be had from the Fujifilm GFX100 is stunning, particularly with focus stacking aided by the FOCUS BKT feature of the GFX100, as bug prone as it is.

Well, sort ofPDAF striping ruins too many pictures with blue sky. I don’t have a good 'read' on how often the striping is an issue, but so far it is disturbingly frequent. Seeing the striping in color images is troubling enough of an issue, but if compelling black and white landscapes with sky is one intended usage, you’re hosed.

The GFX100 looks to have been rushed out of the door, with error prone autofocus that in addition to errors, provides no option to focus stopped down, so that focus shift in lenses like the Fujifilm GF 110mm f/2 is a serious headache. It’s a serious oversight to ship a 100MP camera with 3.7 micron pixels that offers no provision for dealing with focus shift in its lens line! I have had to resort to manual focus far too often, which is tricky for several reasons.

The only thing that makes the bugs of the GFX100 tolerable is the final image quality I can create with focus stacking—incredible really, that is, excluding the image-ruining PDAF striping/banding..

I will be adding more focus stacking examples from the Fujifilm GFX100—each one takes time to do well. Examples so far:

Fujifilm GF 23mm f/4: Focus Stacking Examples, Various

Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8: Focus Stacking Examples, Various

Fujifilm GF 120mm f/4: Focus Stacking Examples, Various

Images presented in sizes up to full 100 megapixel resolution.

CLICK TO VIEW: Fujifilm medium format System

f8 @ 1/25 sec electronic shutter focus stack 5 frames, ISO 100; 2019-08-05 19:39:39
Fujifilm GFX 100 + Fujifilm GF 23mm f/4 R WR @ 18mm equiv (23mm)
ENV: Ellery Lake, altitude 9500 ft / 2896 m
RAW: LACA corrected, distortion corrected, vignetting corrected, USM{6,50,0}, diffraction mitigating sharpening

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f8 @ 10.0 sec electronic shutter focus stack 12 frames, ISO 100; 2019-08-02 20:31:14
Fujifilm GFX 100 + Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR @ 36mm equiv (45mm)
ENV: Pothole Dome, Tuolumne Meadows, altitude 8600 ft / 2621 m
RAW: LACA corrected, distortion corrected, vignetting corrected, diffraction mitigating sharpening

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f6.4 @ 0.6 sec electronic shutter, ISO 100; 2019-08-06 20:12:58
Fujifilm GFX100 + Fujifilm GF 23mm f/4 R WR @ 18mm equiv (23mm)
ENV: Tuolumne Meadows, altitude 9000 ft / 2743 m
RAW: Enhance Details, LACA corrected, distortion corrected, vignetting corrected, USM{6,50,0}, diffraction mitigating sharpening

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f8 @ 1.0 sec electronic shutter focus stack 9 frames, ISO 100; 2019-08-04 20:11:33
Fujifilm GFX 100 + Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR @ 36mm equiv (45mm)
ENV: Conness Lakes area, altitude 10200 ft / 3109 m
RAW: LACA corrected, distortion corrected, vignetting corrected, diffraction mitigating sharpening, push 0.6 stops

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James K writes:

Stacks look really nice. Excellent camera for your landscape work. Best quality I have seen.

I like your photo of the large rock face with the Fujifilm GFX100. It is a “portrait” of granite. The photo at Pothole Dome has a personality. The camera might have a “magic” personality similar to the Mamiya 7 II.

DIGLLOYD: indeed, I am enjoying the final results immensely.


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