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Reader Comment on Fujifilm GFX100: “High Praise Indeed”

Dr S writes:

I read this yesterday in your blog post:

DIGLLOYD: 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.

With all the issues you have had with the new Fuji that is one helluva statement! The IQ must be off the charts for you to make such a statement unless you did so while taking CBD w/THC! -:)

Fujifilm has been very good in the past addressing issues with their cams via firmware updates and hopefully they will solve the issues.

What I am curious about is the pixel density on the 100mp MF sensor and the relative density if one pared the MF sensor to the size of a FF sensor. Would the pixel density then be about 61mp? I don't know any of this so I am just blowing smoke with questions. Could Sony have developed the tech for the Fuji that facilitated 61mp on a FF?

Time will tell unless some of the info is available. The bottom line is the combination of 100mp w/Fuji glass is at the top. We'll see when you get the Sony A7R IV whether or not you can squeeze the best 61mp has to offer.

Amazing the tech advances in just 10 to 15 years.

DIGLLOYD: first, since I quoted the whole email: while I use non psychoactive CBD, the smell and taste of THC make me want to vomit, so Dr S can rule that idea out. I don’t like getting high, and never have understood the appeal. The real “high” is the tranquility and beauty of the outdoors, where I am writing this right now at 11700' (unfortunately inside my van, but later today I will go shoot).

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In a nutshell: the Fujifilm GFX100 is the first and only camera that rewards my efforts with the results I have been longing for all my life. No other camera today meets that metric*. Regrettably, there does not look to be a GFX100 in my near-term future, as I cannot afford even the camera body. OTOH, maybe next year we will see a smaller and lighter and much less expensive model with 100MP.

The Fujifilm GFX100 has bugs and operational problems that have ruined or lost images for me (!) and its PDAF banding is a huge strike against it for anyone who likes black and white conversions. Fujifilm can fix some of the issues with a firmware update but given a 7-year record of not fixing focus instability in either Fujifilm X or Fujifilm GFX cameras and what seems to me to be so many failures in usability and imagination (I refer to the menu options, arrangement, and functionality offered), I don’t hold out a lot of hope for that. Buy the GFX100 ONLY after understanding all the issues I discuss (more coming).

* The metric includes being able to carry and use the camera, lens selection, automated focus stepping, etc.
I rule out the PhaseONE IQ4 150-megapixel camera for bulk/weight, lens selection, etcetera. It may be superior on image quality but is NOT capable of making the images I want because of size/weight/lens selection—a camera not carried does not make any pictures! Still, if PhaseOne wants to loan me one, I will do my very best to prove it out—but only if it supports automated focus stepping for focus stacking, because it’s a joke to not do focus stacking with such cameras.

f8 @ 1/4 sec electronic shutter focus stack 75 frames, ISO 100; 2019-08-15 19:13:52
Fujifilm GFX100 + Fujifilm GF 120mm f/4 Macro R LM OIS WR @ 98.2mm equiv (120mm)
ENV: Barcroft, altitude 12400 ft / 3780 m, 60°F / 15°C
RAW: LACA corrected, distortion corrected, vignetting corrected, diffraction mitigating sharpening

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