Fujifilm Medium Format: a Monochrome Offering Would Make Its Dominance all but Unassailable
re: Where do We Go From Here? Fujifilm Medium Format vs 35mm vs Blind Spots for Both
Here in 2023, Fujifilm medium format has captured the vast bulk of the medium format market. But things have gone flabby and stale on innovation, with not much changing since the 2019 introduction of the Fujifilm GFX100 except for price (Fujifilm GFX100S), and a lens line that is good enough but far from exciting.
When a company has the dominant product, the dumbest thing it can do it sit back and get lazy. Better to make it harder and harder for competitors to offer viable alternatives.
Fujiflm could lock things up even tighter by solidifying its capture quality options: deliver a GFX100M monochrome-sensor camera. That would substantially increase the resolved detail (no Bayer matrix demosaicing), improve the effective lens performance issues via filtration, and make the platform compelling and unique.
It’s surprising that Fujifilm has not acted on the monochrome as there is minimal R&D outlay. Mainly, it is costing-out a batch of monochrome sensors.
And why isn’t there a monochrome version of the highly popular Fujifilm X-100V? It would be as good or better camera than the Leica Q2 Monochrome and its pathetic lens.