Fujifilm has announced a slew of new cameras and lenses including the GFX100S and GF80mm lens, and a new X-Series camera, the X-E4 and XF27mm and XF70-300mm lenses.
GFX100S Medium Format
The GFX100S is Fujifilm’s follow-up to their groundbreaking GFX100 medium format camera released back in 2019.
In terms of main features, the GFX100S is virtually identical to the to the GFX100.
Both cameras feature the X-Processor 4 quadcore CPU, 102MP, back-illuminated large format CMOS sensor, Pixel Shift Multi-Shot mode to create ultra-high resolution 400MP stills and ability to capture 4K/30p video footage in 10-bit F-log or 12-bit ProRes RAW.
So what’s new you ask?
Well, there’s a few things…
First off, it’s approximately 20% smaller and 10% lighter than the previous version, with about an inch taken off the height and a little over 1/2 a pound of weight removed.
To achieve this, Fujifilm has made some physical alterations namely, removing the built-in vertical grip, larger NP-T125 battery bay and the tilting EVF.
Instead, the GFX100s features a 3.69 million dots (approx) built-in EVF and utilizes the smaller NP-W235 Li-ion battery found on the X-T4 camera.
Due to the reduction in physical size, the GFX100S features a newly developed shutter capable of 5fps continuous shooting and In-Body Image Stabilization system that now works in conjunction with GF lens Optical Image Stabilization to provide up to 6 additional stops of correction with a compatible GF lens.
Fujifilm has also updated the autofocus algorithm with an improved focus time of as little as 0.16 seconds even in light levels as low as -5.5EV.
The GFX100s captures 4K video up to 30 frames per second in 16:9 aspect ratio as well as 17:9 aspect ratio in either H.264 or H.265 codecs.
Footage can be recorded internally at bit rates of up to 400Mbps in 10-bit 4:2:0 F-log or output to an external recording device such as the Atomos Ninja V, via the camera’s HDMI port.
When using the Atomos Ninja V Monitor Recorder, the GFX100S can output 4Kp30 footage in either 10-bit 4:2:2 F-Log or 12-bit Apple ProRes RAW. It can also simultaneously output RAW footage and footage in F-Log or Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) with a Film Simulation mode applied.
As photographers, we strive for perfection, constantly searching for the highest image quality and optimum control in what we create. GFX100S combines these two invaluable attributes in one remarkably compact and lightweight body. It is an imaging tool like no other; a new generation of large format camera to suit a new generation of creatives.
X-E4 – The “Compact Storyteller”
“The X-E4 “brings the best of the legendary X Series products together into one camera that is the perfect storytelling tool for everyday photographers, videographers, and content creators who want results to be proud of.”
It features a classic looking “rangefinder” style body with controls logically places on both the top and rear of the camera.
The rear LCD screen tilts up to 180 degrees upward and forward to accommodate a wide variety of compositions, from high to low angle, as well as selfies or vlog-style videos.
Utilizing phase-detection autofocus points covering almost 100% of the sensor the X-E4 is able to acquire focus in as fast as 0.02 seconds.
The X-E4 is also able to track moving subjects using it’s advanced AF-tracking algorithm, ensuring that images are captured when the focus is optimal.
Face and eye detection are also available, even in low light as dim as -7.0EV when paired with the Fujinon XF50 f/1.0 R WR lens.
In terms of video, the X-E4 is more than capable, shooting oversampled 6K footage to record 4K 30p 4:2:0 8-bit video internally or 4:2:2 10-bit via the HDMI out port. I can also capture Full HD footage at up to 240 fps.
The X-E4 brings the best of the legendary X Series products together into one camera that is the perfect storytelling tool for everyday photographers, videographers, and content creators who want results to be proud of.
GF80mmF1.7 R WR Lens
In Fujifilm’s words, “With its super-wide aperture of F1.7, GF80mmF1.7 R WR heralds a new era in large format digital image making.”
“This not only creates huge opportunities for wedding and portrait photographers on location, but it also opens new possibilities for image-makers of other genres as well.”
“Spectacular edge to-edge sharpness even at its widest aperture, combined with stunning bokeh, delivers images of outstanding quality. And with a portable, weather-resistant body, GF80mmF1.7 R WR lets you finally stop dreaming about the images that you could be making and start thinking about the images you will be making.”
With its super-wide aperture of F1.7, GF 80mm f/1.7 R WR heralds a new era in large format digital image-making. Until now, it has not been possible to use autofocus at such a wide aperture, on a medium or large format digital mirrorless system.
XF27mmF2.8 R WR Lens
In Fujifilm’s words, “If you want to frame the perfect moment, you need to be ready for it and that means having your camera by your side at all times. With its versatile 41mm equivalent focal length, wide F2.8 aperture, and extremely compact, lightweight design, XF27mmF2.8 R WR allows you to do just that.”
“Consisting of seven elements in five groups, measuring just .9in (23mm) deep and weighing as little as 2.9 oz. (84g), the lens’s combination of quality and portability is perfect for street photographers and everyday creators documenting the day-to-day experiences that make life special.”
“XF27mmF2.8 R WR also benefits from dust- and weather-resistance, so you can make the most of any situation, while the near silent autofocus and easy-to-use aperture ring with its aperture lock, guarantee you can create with complete confidence and minimal distractions. All this comes together to ensure that, while the lens itself may not get noticed, the pictures you make certainly will.”
With its versatile 41mm equivalent focal length, wide f/2.8 aperture, and extremely compact, lightweight design, XF27mmF2.8 R WR allows you to do just that. Consisting of seven elements in five groups, measuring just .9in (23mm) deep and weighing as little as 2.9 oz. (84g), the lens’s combination of quality and portability is perfect for street photographers and everyday creators documenting the day-to-day experiences that make life special.
XF70-300mmF4-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens
In Fujifilm’s words, “XF70-300mmF4-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens makes it easy to take super telephoto photography with you on your greatest adventures and create images that convey the true excitement and awe of the experience.”
“This remarkably versatile X Series zoom lens offers an equivalent focal range of 107-457mm and a minimum close focusing distance of 32.7in (0.83m) throughout, achieving 0.33x maximum tele macro magnification.”
“It is also possible to pair the lens with FUJINON XF1.4X TC WR and XF2X TC WR teleconverters to achieve a huge equivalent focal length of up to 914mm in exchange for only 2 stops of stop-loss.”
“Autofocus is driven by a linear motor for fast, near-silent autofocus precision, while the built-in Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) provides up to 5.5 stops of vibration reduction.”
“All this ensures you’re always ready to make images, whether it’s the undergrowth beneath your feet, or a tree on a distant horizon.”
“This much ability often requires a trade-off in size, but XF70-300mmF4-5.6 R LM OIS WR’s 17 elements in 12 groups, including two ED elements, are housed within a highly portable body that measures just 5.2in (132.5mm) in length and weighs 1.3lbs (580g).”
“With a dust- and moisture-resistant construction and the ability to operate in temperatures as low as 14°F (-10°C), this lens makes the perfect companion, wherever your next adventure takes you.”
The XF70-300mm f4-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens makes it easy to take super telephoto photography with you on your greatest adventures and create images that convey the true excitement and awe of the experience.