Jim Kasson has long contributed to the GFX photography community with his blog The Last Word and he recently utilized datapoints from Photons to Photos to project how well the new Fujifilm GFX100 IMX461 will perform. You can read his analysis here if you want to get into his methodology, but basically, he used the data from the Phase One IQ4 150MP with a Sony IMX411 inside to project the expected performance of the Sony IMX461 chip from the same family. Which lead him to the following conclusion:
Fujifilm seems to be very proud of their technical achievements in recent months. The Fujifilm GFX100 and Premista are two extremely well-received innovations that others can’t compete with yet. They even released a short film a few weeks ago with a behind the scenes to demonstrate the cinematic characteristics of the Premista which we covered here.
The Fujifilm GFX100 is such a unique camera that it is really not fair to compare it to the new Sony a7RIV that was announced the other day. Yes the new 61MP sensor is impressive and yes it does put the GFX50 line in a difficult position, but it is nothing like the Fujifilm GFX100. To be fair I think the GFX50 line of cameras will have to come down to around the $2-3k price point to remain viable for the majority of photographers when taking into consideration the Sony a7RIV, but I do not think it will take them long to drive the prices down further. The “Medium Format look” can only sell so many cameras before performance concerns start to become a determining factor that Fujifilm will have to address. Maybe we will see a GFX50S Mark II with PDAF soon. Hasselblad is in much worse shape since their affordable line of medium format cameras is now being sandwiched between more affordable cameras that can outperform the X1D with cheaper glass. I have more thoughts on this topic but will save them for a future post.
The Fujifilm year 2018 is over, and BHphoto decided to wrap it up in their 2018 Fujifilm lenses in Review blog post.
Nokishita found a productviews_config.js file on the Fujifilm.eu site today that points to the imminent launch of the Fujifilm GFX100. You can view the contents of the file here, but there really aren’t any new details in the file. Fujifilm is already preparing for the May 23rd launch so maybe we will have a few big leaks leading up to the announcement.
The German website Photoscala reportes that the company Net SE is now officially bankrupt.The company has many Kickstarter projects branded as Meyer Optik Görlitz, C. P. Goerz und Oprema Jena. Photoscala says that if you had one of these lenses on preorder, you won’t get your money back.
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I now have confirmation of the Fujifilm GFX100 format announcement date which will be May 23rd as well as an expected shipment time of the beginning of June. Fujifilm could move the shipment date a little if demand is above expectations of if they can’t fully work out the GFX100’s firmware, but hopefully, this will go smoothly. Time to start getting my money together, because I plan to trade up to the GFX100 from my GFX50, which will be a considerable investment in a body for me. I hope it holds its value better than Leica’s do.
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