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Fujifilm GFX100: Best Ever Reward-to-Effort Ratio

The Fujifilm GFX100 is the first camera (ever) where I feel that my time and efforts are well utilized; the reward-to-effort ratio is very high. I’ve long felt that 35mm cameras, no matter how good, just don’t get me where I want to be on detail and image quality for that detail. And cameras like the Hasselblad H6D-100C are too limiting in too many ways.

So the Fujifilm GFX100 has nailed it in terms of what feels rewarding to me, which is a very high bar. But will we see the price come down to Fujifilm GFX 50S levels in the next year? Right now, I’m not looking forward to returning the camera (loaner).

The flip side is the unacceptable number of usability problems. The GFX100 feels to me like a rushed-out-the-door system. My efforts are hampered by design that waste my time and sometimes cause me to lose the shot when shooting at the edge of light. I’ll be detailing all the issues soon.

For example, the FOCUS BKT feature can never be relied upon to get to infinity focus (hit and miss). I often take 3X more time to verify that the sequence is OK than it takes to shoot it! And if it is not OK, the light may have changed by that time, in effect damaging the entire effort.

Coupled with outright bugs such as failure of the FOCUS BKT feature to work properly with the GF 110/2 and GF 120/4 (and frequent failures to reach infinity with all lenses), the firmware needs work in a lot of areas.

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