Fujifilm Announces New GFX 50R and Development of 100MP Medium Format

  By Kaitlyn Kerr

Fujifilm has announced a brand-new medium format camera, the GFX 50R. Designed with the same sensor and processor as the existing GFX 50S, the camera is smaller, lighter, and resembles some kind of cross between the X-E3 and Fuji’s older 6×9 medium format cameras from the 90s. It will also sit at a lower price point – $5700CAD – than its existing sibling, making it an attractive option for those wanting to get into medium format. In addition, Capture One will now support RAW and tethering for the Fuji medium format system.

Spec-wise, the camera is almost identical to the 50S, with the same 51.4MP CMOS sensor (43.8 x 32.9mm), a 3.69M-dot EVF (though now at .77x magification instead of the .85x), dual SD card slots, 1080/30p video, USB-C and wi-fi with bluetooth. However, the handling is dramatically different, as it’s designed more with the profile of a rangefinder camera at 25mm thinner, and is 125g lighter.

 

The GFX 50R is available for pre-order now. 

 

Fuji has also announced that they will be release a new 50mm F3.5 pancake lens, roughly the equivalent of a 40mm F2.8. The lens, not due out until 2019, should pair well with the smaller body. Two other lenses – a 100-200mm F5.6 and a 45-100mm F4 – were announced, helping to round out the GF line with a total of eleven lenses in the lineup.

In addition, Fuji is showing a mockup of a brand new 100MP GFX camera in development. The camera will feature in-body stabilization, a 100MP sensor with phase-detection, and will be 4K capable. Further details are unavailable at this time, but the camera is expected to be available in 2019.

 

 

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Kaitlyn Kerr

Kaitlyn Kerr

Kaitlyn is a craft beer enthusiast and self-labelled film nerd. Suitably, she is one of the hosts of Calgary's Beers & Cameras meetup group. She also drinks too much coffee and wants to see too many places. When not helping coordinate events or exploring whatever city, town, or backroad she can, she also works as a freelance photographer and assistant.