REVIEW: Fujifilm GFX 50S II

The GFX 50S II. Handout

Fujifilm Philippines recently released the latest version of its GFX 50S medium format mirrorless camera. The GFX 50S II has updated features for the most demanding photographer.

The GFX series is widely known for packing a lot of photo power in a small package. With the new waterproof magnesium body weighing around 900 grams, the GFX 50S II features a 51.4 MP large-frame sensor that is 1.7 times larger than those used in full-frame cameras.

Also new to this version is the inclusion of Fuji’s exclusive Body Image Stabilization System (IBIS). While using IBIS is extremely useful when shooting 1080p video at 30 frames per second, the image stabilization shines when shooting high resolution still images. IBIS compensates for camera shake when using slower shutter speeds or outdoor applications where use of a tripod may not be possible.

Another new feature is the “Pixel Shift Multi-Shot” function, capable of creating 200 MP images without false color presentation. The ability to reproduce the colors, texture and even the atmosphere of a photo subject in great detail makes the camera a perfect choice for archiving. Large works of art and historical artifacts, previously difficult to photograph in detail due to their size, can be captured in precise detail with edge-to-edge clarity.

“Fujifilm primarily positions the GFX 50S II for enthusiasts and serious enthusiasts who enjoy high-end cameras. It is a good entry point into the world of medium-format photography. But with its high-end specs and professional, it can certainly be used by professional photographers, as well as those who enjoy advertising, landscapes and portraits, ”said Glenn Gatan, Senior Product Specialist at Fujifilm Philippines.

Fujifilm launches the XF23mm f1.4 R LM WR and the XF33mm f1.4 R LM WR.  Handout
Fujifilm launches the XF23mm f1.4 R LM WR and the XF33mm f1.4 R LM WR. Handout

In addition to the GFX 50S, Fujifilm has also launched two new large aperture fixed focal length lenses for the X series cameras. New to the range are the XF23mm f1.4 R LM WR and the XF33mm f1.4 R LM WR which are ideal for portrait photography.

The company also announced its roadmap for lenses with the XFF18-120mm and the XF150-600mm ultra telephoto lens for applications such as wildlife and sports photography that require long focal lengths.

The GFX 50S II has an SRP of P223,990 (body only). It is also available as a pack with a GF25-70mm f / 4.5-5.6 lens for the P251,990. The XF23mm F.1.4 R LM WR has an SRP of P50 990 and the XF33mm F1.4 R LM WR has an SRP of P45 990.

For those interested in the GFX 50S II, Fujifilm Philippines offers demos via zoom or face-to-face meetings (subject to current COVID-19 protocols).

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