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SHOOTOUT: Fujifilm GFX100S + Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 vs Hasselblad X2D + Hasselblad XCD 21/4: Huge Laurel at Bend in Alpine Creek

re: Fujifilm GFX100S and Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4

The Hasselblad X2D + Hasselblad XCD 21mm f/4 vs the Fujifilm GFX 100S + Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 R WR a— same megapixels, same sensor size — how does an about $3750 prime lens compare to an about $2600 zoom lens?

SHOOTOUT: Fujifilm GFX100S + Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 vs Hasselblad X2D + Hasselblad XCD 21/4: Huge Laurel at Bend in Alpine Creek

Includes images up to full camera resolution from f/4 to f/11, plus crops.

CLICK TO VIEW: Fujifilm Medium Format

f8 @ 1/6 sec electronic shutter, ISO 64; 2022-11-28 13:33:16
Hasselblad X2D 100C + Hasselblad XCD 21mm f/4 @ 18mm equiv (21mm)
ENV: Alpine Creek, altitude 650 ft / 198 m, 55°F / 12°C
RAW: Adobe Color, LACA corrected, vignetting corrected, push 0.38 stops, +50 Shadows, +20 Whites, +10 Clarity, diffraction mitigating sharpening

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Sony A7R V: Focus Bracketing for Focus Stacking

Sony A7R V

Looks pretty similar to other cameras. Offhand I do not see any usability issues here.

  1. Select / (Drive Mode) on the control wheel → [Focus Bracket].
    You can also set the focus bracket by selecting MENU → (Shooting) → [Drive Mode] → [Drive Mode].
  2.  Press the right side of the control wheel and set [Step Width] and [Number of Shots].
    - Step Width: Selects the degree to which the focus is shifted within the range of 1 to 10. The higher the number, the more the focus will shift.
    - Number of Shots: Sets the number of shots taken with one release within the range of 2 to 299 for each position.
  3. Point the cursor at the ones place of the number of shots and press the right side of the control wheel to open [Focus Bracket Settings]. Then select [Focus Bracket Order].
    [0→+]: Shifts the focus from the current focus position toward infinity. When the focus reaches infinity, shooting ends even if the set number of shots has not been reached.
    [0→-→+]: Takes three images in the order of the current focus position, front focus, and rear focus. At this time, the number of shots set in Step 2 becomes invalid.
    You can also set [Focus Bracket Order] from [Drive Mode] → [Bracket Settings] → [Focus Bracket Settings] → [Focus Bracket Order].
  4. Press down the shutter button to shoot.

Disappointing that...

Cannot set a near point and a far point in some straightforward way.

How does it know when INF is reached? In my experience, this is fraught with issues that lead to taking too few or too many images. A far point would solve that.

Cannot choose N images (not just 3). I would want a very fine focus tweak, say 3 images in front of, 1 at focus, 3 behind, so I could pick the one that is the very best for the scene. This is often a challenge given focus shift, field curvature, etc in combination with the actual 3D scenery.

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Sony A7R V: Brain-Dead Pixel Shift —  Disallows Lossless Compressed RAW

Sony A7R V

Amazing —  Sony still won’t shoot lossless compressed raw for pixel shift mode, wasting huge amount of storage space on card and computer and backups for no reason at all.

From the Sony A7R V user manual page 238:

In [Pixel Shift Multi Shoot.], some settings are locked as follows:
[ [RAW File Type] under [Image Quality Settings]: [Uncompressed]

For those unfamiliar with lossless compression, there is *no difference* in raw data vs uncompressed. Not one digital bit. It makes no sense to foist huge files on users for no benefit whatsoever.

OMG

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SHOOTOUT: Fujifilm GFX100S + Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 vs Hasselblad X2D + Hasselblad XCD 21/4: Colorful Leaves on Still Pool

re: Fujifilm GFX100S and Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4

The Hasselblad X2D + Hasselblad XCD 21mm f/4 vs the Fujifilm GFX 100S + Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 R WR a— same megapixels, same sensor size — how does an about $3750 prime lens compare to an about $2600 zoom lens?

SHOOTOUT: Fujifilm GFX100S + Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 vs Hasselblad X2D + Hasselblad XCD 21/4: Colorful Leaves on Still Pool

Includes images up to full camera resolution from f/4 to f/11, plus crops, plus a 6-frame focus stacked at f/9 for the GFX100S.

CLICK TO VIEW: Fujifilm Medium Format

This color was wiped out in just 2 days, turning all to brown, bummer!

f9 @ 1/6 sec electronic shutter focus stack 6 frames, ISO 100; 2022-11-28 14:01:35
Fujifilm GFX100S + GF20-35mmF4 R WR @ 17.5mm equiv (21.2mm)
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Sony A7R V Tomorrow

See previous notes on the new features of the SonyA7R V.

The Sony A7R V arrives tomorrow. I wasn’t expecting that; I thought I had two more weeks to work on the Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4. Looks like some interleaving of effort needed.

But it’s good timing: how might the Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 on the 100MP Fujifilm GFX100S perform against the Sony 12-24mm f/2.8 GM on the 60MP Sony A7R V?

Many thanks to B&H Photo for getting me a loaner camera so soon.

vs Sony

Key differentiators vs the Sony A1 and/or Sony A7R IVa are the new AI-based autofocus, and at long last, the support for focus stacking via what Sony calls “focus bracketing”, and improvements in IBIS. Not to mention a vastly improved EVF and all sorts of other goodies.

Will there be stupid stuff retained, like pixel shift failing to use lossless compressed raw? For that matter, will pixel shift possibly be made a hassle, and not made better? I will find out tomorrow.

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Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 Aperture Series @ 26mm: Huge Laurel at Alpine Creekbend

re: Fujifilm GFX100S and Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4

This series from f/4 to f/11 looks at total imaging performance of the Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 R WR at the 26mm zoom setting, including a 6-frame focus stack at f/9 that shows of the full potential of the lens.

Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 Aperture Series @ 26mm: Huge Laurel at Alpine Creekbend (GFX100S)

Includes images up to full camera resolution from f/4 to f/11, plus crops, plus a 6-frame focus stacked images at f/9.

CLICK TO VIEW: Fujifilm Medium Format

f9 @ 1/5 sec electronic shutter focus stack 6 frames, ISO 100; 2022-11-28 12:50:27
Fujifilm GFX100S + GF20-35mmF4 R WR @ 21mm equiv (25.5mm)
ENV: Alpine Creek, altitude 650 ft / 198 m, 55°F / 12°C
RAW: Camera Pro Neg Hi, LACA corrected, vignetting corrected, +10 Whites, +10 Clarity, diffraction mitigating sharpening, SmartSharpen{35,0.7,20,0}

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Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4: Evaluating Lens Performance and Potential via Focus Stacking

re: Fujifilm GFX100S and Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4

Aperture series are very good at showing lens performance across the aperture range, but depth of field is typically limited even at f/11, so that often peak potential in some parts of the frame cannot be understood in that series.

Here on this page, focus stacking examples are shown. These are practical and actionable demonstrations of what the lens can deliver across the frame when depth of field is full-range. And practical in terms of real-world photography: what the lens can actually deliver on that demanding 100-megapixel sensor using appropriate technique.

Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 Examples: Examples: Focus Stacking (GFX100S)

Includes images up to full camera resolution, corrected for distortion and not, and single shot vs focus stacking—4-way comparison of each image.

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f9 @ 1/10 sec focus stack 25 frames, ISO 100; 2022-12-02 09:25:52
Fujifilm GFX100S + GF20-35mmF4 R WR @ 28.8mm equiv (35mm)
RAW: Camera ASTIA/Soft, +60 Shadows, -100 Highlights, +30 Whites, +10 Dehaze, +10 Clarity, SmartSharpen{35,0.7,20,0}

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f8 @ 1/12 sec focus stack 16 frames, ISO 100; 2022-12-02 10:10:54
Fujifilm GFX100S + GF20-35mmF4 R WR @ 17.2mm equiv (20.9mm)
RAW: Camera PROVIA/Standard, push 0.5 stops, +10 Whites, +10 Clarity, diffraction mitigating sharpening, SmartSharpen{35,0.7,20,0}

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Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 Examples: Early Morning Ad-Hoc, Backyard

re: Fujifilm GFX100S and Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4

These images shot handheld with IBIS using small-spot AF in order to evaluate general lens performance.

Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 Examples: Early Morning Ad-Hoc, Backyard (GFX100S)

Includes images up to full camera resolution, plus commentary on how well the lens delivers to the 100 megapixel sensor.

CLICK TO VIEW: Fujifilm Medium Format

f8 @ 1/50 sec handheld IBIS=on electronic shutter, ISO 100; 2022-12-02 10:12:24
Fujifilm GFX100S + GF20-35mmF4 R WR @ 16.5mm equiv (20mm)
ENV: 34°F / 1°C
RAW: Camera ASTIA/Soft, LACA corrected, vignetting corrected, +10 Whites, +10 Clarity, diffraction mitigating sharpening

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f9 @ 1/35 sec handheld IBIS=on electronic shutter, ISO 100; 2022-12-02 10:19:57
Fujifilm GFX100S + GF20-35mmF4 R WR @ 28.8mm equiv (35mm)
ENV: 34°F / 1°C
RAW: Camera ASTIA/Soft, LACA corrected, vignetting corrected, +10 Whites, +10 Clarity, diffraction mitigating sharpening

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re: Fujifilm GFX100S and Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4

This series from f/4 to f/11 looks at performance of the Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 R WR on a deep 3D scene. Focus stacked images are included in the series to assess where the performance limitations are to be found, including notes on just how much distortion correction affects the finished focus stack.

Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 Aperture Series @ 20mm: Pumpkins on Deck (GFX100S)

Includes images up to full camera resolution from f/4 to f/11, plus crops, plus two focus stacked images at f/9.

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f9 @ 1/40 sec, ISO 100; 2022-12-02 10:31:21
Fujifilm GFX100S + GF20-35mmF4 R WR @ 16.5mm equiv (20mm)
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Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 Distortion Evaluation from 20mm to 35mm

re: Fujifilm GFX100S and Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4

This page looks at distortion and distortion correction across the focal length range of the Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 R WR, at 8 different focal lengths. It gives outstanding insight into what to expect over the zoom range.

Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 Distortion Evaluation from 20mm to 35mm

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f9 @ 1/15 sec, ISO 100; 2022-12-02 09:37:53
Fujifilm GFX100S + GF20-35mmF4 R WR @ 16.5mm equiv (20mm)
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It’s Getting Dangerous for Photographers in California

Readers might wonder why I have not shown any photographs from the San Francisco area for many years now. Or for that matter, the Purissima Creek Redwoods.

It’s simple: I began to feel unsafe even five years ago. Vehicle break-ins are now guaranteed within an hour or two for a van like mine, let alone the personal danger. A 'street' photographer is taking his/her life into their hands, and ironically, the risks are from the authorities too—legal risks if one dares to defend oneself.

Anon writes (names also changed)

Bridge to San Franshithole, CA

I sent this to my contacts at the Leica SF store 12 days before their armed robbery / break in.  I didn’t get a response back from either AAA or BBB, but they only work there, and presumably, they passed it on to the owner(s).

My worry was people walking out of the store would be robbed at gun point.  I’ve had a couple of warranty repairs done at this store, and I didn’t fancy stepping out of the store and getting mugged.  Clearly, the robbers were more ambitious.

...

It’s getting more and more dangerous for photographers in the Bay Area.  This one was in broad daylight outside the palace of fine arts in SF.  A wedding photographer taking engagement photos of a couple is pistol-whipped and robbed of his gear:

 2 PHOTOGRAPHERS ATTACKED IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS SAME DAY OUTSIDE PALACE OF FINE ARTS

Elections do have consequences, and this is what Californians have voted for.

I assume you are aware of incidents like this.  It could be dangerous to walk out of your store with a bag in hand.  You may want to think about putting up some security cameras at the front and back of your store so you can keep an eye on parked cars or any unsavory characters hanging out within a 300 feet radius.

... People need to be aware of the dangers in the SF Bay Area.  Not just photographers with cameras, but anyone with any visible, expensive-looking items like jewelry.  The California state also just released from jails over 7,000 pedophiles who spent less than a year of their prison terms, some as little as two days.  It’s completely insane.

DIGLLOYD: your only safe option is to never go to places like San Francisco, a haven for criminals and drug addicts and the morally depraved politicians and the people who vote them in: your rights mean nothing, and the rights of criminals, now often in organized gangs, take precedence.

Just this week, the Leica Store in SF was violently robbed, but it’s not just a a property crime, traumatizing salespeople and customers. IMO, such actions should be first degree felonies, minimum 20 years. Full Sharia maybe.

While we are extremely grateful that no one was physically injured, all of us feel that some time is needed for the staff to fully process this traumatic event and have an opportunity to decompress.

See discussion below on what a bad idea a gun can be...
“I’ve heard a number of professional photographers say ”we never go on shoots without a gun”...”

Even in the genteel bastion of woke enlightenment of Palo Alto CA (2nd only to Menlo Park on wokeness), armed robberies and shootings and stabbings—once unheard of—are now happening with discomfiting frequency. My wife doesn’t feel fully safe there anymore. Yesterday, the Apple Store on University avenue was robbed. No one tried to stop them, which is the smart move for just about everyone, but a sad commentary on the lawlessness and feeling of helplessness sweeping the nation. My bet is that if someone took down the robbers physically (eg tackling/punching/etc), the feckless powers-that-be in Palo Alto would prosecute the good Samaritan!

The police have become a clean-up crew, affording you no protection. A privileged class who can protect themselves on and off duty and even when retired‚ but not you or I without special dispensation from the State. But I don’t blame the police in these matters—it’s the DA and progressive ideology that keep them from doing their jobs. So we all have to live with the breakdown of civilization... and people keep voting for that.

It is de-facto impossible to protect yourself within incurring huge risks: skilled criminals will laugh and take away your pepper spray @AMAZON or stun gun @AMAZON. If you carry a firearm (even legally with CCW permit), the government will spare no expense trying to incarcerate you for life even if you did everything by the rules, after you put a bullet into the piece of shit waving that Glock in your face—such a nice boy, he had only 23 felonies and his family loved him. And good luck with not getting shot even if you have a gun. And if you emerge from the horrifying legal miasma after defending yourself against criminal charges, then if you have any money left you’ll spend it all defending a civil suit from the family of said criminal—instead of a medal for improving the world. Which is why (firearm or not), you should belong to USLawShield.com or similar and be very, very afraid of carrying or using a firearm (because of the legal repercussions). Women are especially screwed by this immoral and broken system, having little to no recourse against larger attackers.

ADA and Use of a Cane

That’s what California has become today. Protect yourself and you become the criminal. The law says one thing (see page 39) and then does another almost without exception (prosecutes a victim daring to defend him/herself). And don’t even think about deadly force (knife, gun, baton) for protecting property of any kind (camera, dog/cat, etc)—legally impermissible. You will be prosecuted almost without exception. In today’s progressive legal climate, all honest people are losers. You are cannon fodder for the ideology that deems you unworthy of meaningful self defense.

Don’t even think of a gun unless you are committed to doing so legally, and at least 2000 rounds of live-fire practice and at least an 8-hour classroom course on the legal aspects plus a legal membership like USLawShield.com, plus a willingness to deal with years of legal headaches as well as the trauma of killing a human being. Anything else is, IMO, irresponsible. The photographers in the news saying they “carry a gun” in San Francisco situation are taking a major legal risk that could land them in jail very easily. The cure can be worse than the disease, given the legal climate.

Want something fully legal even on an airplane? Get a defensive cane and train to use it. Hardened criminals know what they are, and will steer clear.

Below, I will never photograph here again; I’d not only have to park out of sight and sound and come back to a damaged/looted vehicle, but at dusk you’re a sitting duck for thievery or worse.

Bridge to San Franshithole, CA
f2.8 @ 1/30 sec, ISO 320; 2010-07-18 20:51:32
Leica S2 + Summarit-S 70 @ 70mm

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Dr S writes:

First, agree with everything you say.  Even dangerous where I live.  There have been 8 home invasion robberies  in my greater upscale neighborhood area in the last 6 months.

One additional problem of the San Francisco robberies is the press it receives gives the criminal element new ideas of what to go for.  Yes, now photographers whether pro or amateur are the newer targets.  Scenes of people in broad daylight in LA getting robbed of their Rolex watches are becoming commonplace. The criminals won't concern themselves with serial numbers when perpetrating the crimes.  That's what they do and it is shameful there isn't a more effective system of apprehension and punishment to deter such activity.

Maybe the future of outside pro photography is a capable mobile phone.  Less conspicuous and everyone seems to have one.  It hurt to say that.

DIGLLOYD: I’m sure a phone is much less subject to theft than a fancy camera, but phones get taken by force, being quite valuable. Either way, the risk of injury dwarfs the loss of the camera or phone.

Laws are no deterrent. Unless a criminal knows that 1 in 5 victims might yield a Really Bad Day (as in fatal), this sort of thing will only get worse.

Roy P writes:

One of my friends told me six months ago that a photographer standing on a beach somewhere in the Lands End area in San Francisco was shot dead from the back as he was peering through his camera on a tripod.  The poor guy never knew what hit him, and they quickly ran away with his gear and camera bag.  The killers were never caught.

In September 2019, there was a sailboat race in the SF Bay, and a group of six photographers had gotten together to photograph the boats.  They had made arrangements to meet at a specific time at a parking lot near Fisherman’s Wharf.  Shortly after they all arrived and pulled out their gear from their cars and assembled together to plan their day, a parked car pulled out and drove up to the photographers and stopped.  A gang of four hooded men jumped out with guns drawn and grabbed all the equipment, then quickly jumped back into the car and drove away.  Apparently, the photographers had set up a group on Facebook to plan their meet up, and the exact place and time were precisely described!  Somebody else had also noticed that.

So going out on a photo shoot even as a group is not safe.  Two punks with guns can overwhelm a half dozen people and steal their gear.

What I don’t understand is, how the thieves dispose of their stolen goods.  Eventually they have to sell it for cash, and I don’t know who they sell it to.  Most likely, there are other criminals who front all this equipment, but then, even they have to sell it to get paid, and I don’t know where and whom they sell it to. 

Maybe they sell them on eBay, Amazon or Craigs List as used equipment at hugely discounted prices.  Anyone who buys equipment like this for a bargain price should also realize that the same thieves now know exactly who bought it and the buyer’s home address.

DIGLLOYD: beware of prices too good to be true, sellers who cannot show proof of purchase, etc.

Anon writes:

I am in trigger finger mode, not shutter finger mode. Fine art and pleasures such as photography have taken a back seat to firearms practice. No matter what, if you believe you will suffer death or grave bodily harm, you MUST pull the trigger. Better to be alive and fight them later in the courts. There are go fund me ways to cover the expense, but no expense is worth being too intimidated to shoot if you have to. We live under exponentially increasing tyranny and we must each do our part to either fight it or lose our freedom to it. I choose to fight. Any scum bag trying to kill or maim me or my family will be judged by St Peter within seconds of his attack.

DIGLLOYD: if enough people had this viewpoint, the crime would halt overnight.

Anon writes:

I had a clear cut case of stolen property being sold on eBay. I had 28 pages of police docs from Baton Rouge, I had a dozen or so from San Diego. I had a pawn shop identify the guy who stole the item worth $800 and then sold it to the pawn shop. The pawn shop then sold it on eBay. Proof proof proof!

I bought the unique collectible item back for $800. eBay would not debit the account of the seller of the stolen item, nor would they reimburse me. They said it was my choice to buy it back. And the police did nothing though they had the name and address of the perp!

eBay is as corrupt as can be.

DIGLLOYD: I stopped using ebay years ago except for buying generic things like auto fluids or similar. And I won’t things priced “too good to be true” — stolen property.

Dennis M writes:

A year ago I had my car broken into and 2 lenses stolen from the central console. Just Prior to this, I had been stalked by an individual as I was photographing birds. I went into dense briars and took out a hunting knife just in case. After 15 minutes the predator left but then broke into my car near a refuge Maryland area.

Using the serial numbers of both lenses, I was able to find one listed on eBay by a reseller in Idaho who was not the perpetrator.

With the help of a local detective, my doing all the work supplying him with all copies of box serial number, bill of sale etc, he contacting the reseller, i received the more expensive lens back and in perfect condition. It was sent to the detective, and I gifted a print to him for his efforts. Btw, ebay was unwilling to get involved.

If you take the financial benefit out of these thefts, and with the potential claim against a reseller for sale of stolen goods, perhaps there will be less incentive for thefts as the market for stolen goods is undermined by fastidious victims.

DIGLLOYD: perseverence pays off, but how many of us would be that determined?

EBay.com has become a disreputable place today—lots of stolen goods, and seller-antagonistic policies that let any buyer lie and cheat without any repurcussions. They have no interest in policing their site. Avoid ebay except perhaps for generic goods.



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Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 Aperture Series @ 29mm: Half-Bare Big Leaf Maple, Alpine Creek

re: Fujifilm GFX100S and Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4

This series from f/4 to f/11 looks at total imaging performance of the Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 R WR at the 29mm zoom setting. A similar series at 25mm lends context—it seems that performance is quite consistent over the zoom range.

Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 Aperture Series @ 29mm: Half-Bare Big Leaf Maple, Alpine Creek (GFX100S)

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f8 @ 1/9 sec, ISO 100; 2022-11-28 13:37:27
Fujifilm GFX100S + GF20-35mmF4 R WR @ 23.6mm equiv (28.6mm)
RAW: vignetting corrected, push 0.66 stops, -20 Highlights, +10 Whites, +10 Clarity, diffraction mitigating sharpening

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This series from f/4 to f/11 looks at total imaging performance of the Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 R WR.

Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 Aperture Series @ 25mm: Half-Bare Big Leaf Maple, Alpine Creek (GFX100S)

Includes images up to full camera resolution from f/4 to f/11.

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f8 @ 1/8 sec electronic shutter, ISO 100; 2022-11-28 13:49:40
Fujifilm GFX100S + GF20-35mmF4 R WR @ 20.4mm equiv (24.8mm)
ENV: Alpine Creek, altitude 650 ft / 198 m, 55°F / 12°C
RAW: vignetting corrected, push 0.3 stops, -50 Highlights, +10 Whites, +10 Clarity, diffraction mitigating sharpening

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This page looks at the focus shift of the Hasselblad XCD 55mm f/2.5.

Focus Shift for Hasselblad XCD 55mm f/2.5 V, Ruler Example

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Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 Awful Focus Shift: Lens Should Not Have Made it Into Production

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This page confirms the stunningly awful sharpness-destroying rearward focus shift of the Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 previously seen in every field series I shot, such as Wooden Boardwalk, Dusk.

Focus Shift for Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 V, Ruler Example

A series from f/2.5 through f/8 is shown.

The optical design of the Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 V should never have made it into production. It is a fatally flawed optical design with no way to mitigate or compensate for the focus shift on the Hasselblad X2D other than guesstimates (as of late 2022).

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Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 Aperture Series @ 35mm: Tigger Perched in Fig Tree

re: Fujifilm GFX100S and Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4

This series from f/4 to f/9 is mainly to look at the bokeh background blur of the Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 R WR with focus at closer range.

Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 Aperture Series @ 35mm: Tigger Perched in Fig Tree (GFX100)

Includes images up to full camera resolution from f/4 to f/11.

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f7.1 @ 1/15 sec, ISO 3200; 2022-11-26 18:06:26
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First of all, it would be foolish not to acquire the about $500 Fujifilm GF 35-70mm f/4.5-5.6 while on sale (or even at full price), for all the reasons discussed.

Which camera

I am a big fan of 100 megapixels vs 50MP, since I must invest the same effort making an image at 50MP as at 100MP.

But the Fujifilm GFX 50S II at about $3200 is going to deliver 80% of the goodness and 75% of the image detail for a lot less money. It’s a huge value proposition along with the 35-70mm zoom ($3700 total). An for most purposes, the resolution difference is both immaterial, often hard to achieve, and diminished by f/11.

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The smart move is 35-70mm plus the new Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4, which I am now testing with considerable satisfaction; it’s fixed f/4 aperture is a nice plus and its performance particularly at the wide end is beyond reproach even for a prime lens.

While the Fujifilm GF 23mm f/4 has near-zero distortion and is thus best for dedicated purposes (architecture, group shots, anything with straight lines), there is no getting around the awesome utility of a 20-35mm zoom*, which for $100 less gives you far more applicability.

Other lenses I highly recommend include the Fujifilm GF 110mm f/2 and especially the Fujifilm GF 250mm f/4.

* Equivalent to 16.4-28.8mm in terms of 35mm field of view width.

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re: Fujifilm GFX100S and Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4

Just arrive is the brand-new Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4, the first of a kind lens on medium format. Kudos to Fujifilm for developing this lens, which radically expands what is possible on medium format. But how good is it?

This series from f/4 to f/11 looks at performance of the Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 R WR on a near-far landscape scene. Sharpness, focus shift, color correction are examined.

Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f/4 Aperture Series @ 20mm: Persimmon Tree (GFX100)

Includes images up to full camera resolution from f/4 to f/11.

CLICK TO VIEW: Fujifilm Medium Format

f8 @ 12.0 sec electronic shutter, ISO 100; 2022-11-26 18:11:01
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RAW: vignetting corrected, +40 Shadows, +20 Whites, +10 Clarity, diffraction mitigating sharpening

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