Questions For Fuji, Especially the GFX 100

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  • Kevin Raber
    Kevin Raber
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    on: July 24, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Now that the PXL site is live and running we are getting down to the business of projects.  In about a week we will be doing a video with Fuji focusing on the new GFX100.  I have a ton of things to discuss and questions to ask but I am open to any you might have.  Please reply to this forum topic or email me directly.  We will try to get them on the table during our upcoming video.   It’s going to be fun.

    Kevin Raber
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    Rand Scott Adams
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    Re: Questions For Fuji, Especially the GFX 100
    Reply #1 on: July 25, 2019 at 12:18 am

    Kevin,

    1. Is pixel shift something they are just talking about?  Or is it really “on the map” for future firmware update?
    2. With the quality of the GFX 100, it is absolutely BEGGING for Fuji quality tilt/shift lenses.  Can Fuji at least commit to building them, so that those of us who are willing to wait a reasonable amount of time can not buy and use other brands via adapter?
    3. What is the “real story” behind the very limited number of GFX 100’s released?  The “party line,” of course is that demand outstripped their estimates (no doubt) but the “real number of people” on all the web venues I visit who actually have one in hand is incredibly small.  Something is UP.  Be nice if you were able to politely “push” them a bit and see.
    4. Is part of the reason the vertical grip isn’t “covered” because it serves as a heat sink?
    5. Thank them for putting the remote release socket on the starboard side of the body!  This is where it should be on EVERY camera.
    6. It is unclear if the OIS in the lenses work “automatically in conjunction” with the IBIS (as the X-H1 does).  Could we have clarity on this?  And if I turn OIS “off” on the lens, does it automatically turn off IBIS as it does on the X-H1?  The manual is “clear as mud” on this.   I heard one poster say that right now it is “either or” re OIS and IBIS and that “working in concert” will come in a future firmware update.  Very curious about this and seems like it should be much clearer.

    Looking forward to the video!

    Rand

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    Rand Scott Adams
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    Re: Questions For Fuji, Especially the GFX 100
    Reply #2 on: July 28, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Kevin,

    I have an additional “input” item for the Fuji folk.  I’d like to ask them to include in a firmware update the ability to assign to a Fn button the ability to turn MF “assist” on and off as a toggle.  In other words, eg.,  if one has focus peaking yellow (low) selected in the menu, and you are in MF mode, the ability to hit a Fn button to turn the actual “peaking” on for a moment to check focus, then turn it off with a single press – well that would be a huge boon to MF landscape and other static shooting work flow.  Too often with peaking “on all the time” it interferes with composition and seeing what’s in the scene.

    Thanks,

    Rand

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    Jim Kasson
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    Re: Questions For Fuji, Especially the GFX 100
    Reply #3 on: August 29, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Kevin,

    1. What is the “real story” behind the very limited number of GFX 100’s released? The “party line,” of course is that demand outstripped their estimates (no doubt) but the “real number of people” on all the web venues I visit who actually have one in hand is incredibly small. Something is UP. Be nice if you were able to politely “push” them a bit and see.

    I am unencumbered by any behind-the-scenes knowledge, other than email with a Fuji rep saying he didn’t know when the cameras would become available again, but here is my speculation:

    1. Fuji shipped the first tranche of cameras.
    2. Fuji discovered the grip switch oopsie.
    3. Fuji figured out what to do about the grip switch for new cameras.
    4. Fuji halted all shipments until they could figure out what to do about the grip switch.
    5. Fuji designed rework procedures, got the held GFX 100s back, reworked them and sent them back out.
    6. The second tranche of cameras that had good switches, either through rework or improved production methods, hit the stores at the end of July.
    7. All the backing and forthing delayed production long enough for the backlog to be large, and they’re having some difficulty working it off.

    Jim

     

    Kevin Raber
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    Re: Questions For Fuji, Especially the GFX 100
    Reply #4 on: August 29, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    This kind of backlog especially in MF is not unusual. I can tell you I have seen this kind of delay before especially when at Phase One. Most of the time it was a lack of sensors.  The bigger the sensor the less reliability you get on production.  I wouldn’t  be surprised to see an issue with sensor yield. Fuji knows how to make cameras so I don’t think it is on their end.  It could be that FUJI is rejecting a bunch of sensors.  It will be interesting to see how fast they catch up

    Of course this is speculation.  After the 50r and s I think FUJI is pretty good at estimating production needs.  The switch thing they discovered quickly and I don’t think that is the issue.

    We had been shooting with the 100 earlier this week and past weekend.  I was very impressed. I did a 1/15 th of a sec handheld and tack sharp.  The IBIS was pretty impressive.

     

     

     

    Kevin Raber
    CEO & Publisher of PhotoPXL.com and Rockhopperworkshops.com

    Paul Caldwell
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    Re: Questions For Fuji, Especially the GFX 100
    Reply #5 on: October 31, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    If you turn off OIS on the lens it does turn off the IBIS system in the GFX100.

    I have found the IBIS  very impressive on the GFX100  Very capable to allow hand holding of any Fuji lens even the 250mm with the 1.4 converter

    Paul C

     

     

     

     

     

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    Don Libby
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    Re: Questions For Fuji, Especially the GFX 100
    Reply #6 on: November 17, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Just returned from Jackson Hole where while there I took delivery of a GFX100.

    Totally impressed with the camera. The weather took a turn for the worse and while we weren’t able to shoot much landscape we did capture a ton of wildlife. The AF and high burst mode is something I’ve never encountered in a medium format system. Great overall camera.

     

    http://www.ironcreekphotographyblog.com/2019/11/fujifilm-gfx-100-100-megapixels.html

     

    Don

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    Paul Caldwell
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    Re: Questions For Fuji, Especially the GFX 100
    Reply #7 on: February 2, 2020 at 9:30 am

    I too would like to know if Fuji will develop a Pixel shift type feature for the GFX100.  It was talked about quite a bit before the release of the camera, then Fuji went quiet on it.  Hopefully Kevin, you have been able to talk with someone in regards to this.  Based on the performance I saw with the Pentax K1, I feel for Fuji it would be a big advantage.

    Since I took delivery of the GFX100, I have used it extensively in my Landscape shooting.  I love the package, not the lightest solution obviously, but when compared to a  Phase One XF and 40-80, it’s light.

    I have not found the same degree of image DR that I saw with the IQ4150.  Even at base ISO, I have found that many times the best results come from a bracketing sequence of images, vs attempting to push a single file up, unlike what was possible with the 4150.

    The AF on the camera, is also lacking in that it still can’t lock onto a low contrast/low light subject reliably, or often.  Working sunrise/sunset shots, the AF often will miss lock on distant hills or objects even when they are silhouetted against the sky, where you have a hard demarcation.  When compared to the AF on a Z7, I find the Fuji GFX100 considerably lacking in comparison.  Hoping that Fuji can improve on this with a firmware update in the future.

    Files have a lot of detail, however I feel that they are improved with sharpening after the raw conversion in Capture One to obtain the best results.

    I am sure that Hasselblad will eventually have a X1D camera with this same sensor on the market, and that will cut into Fuji’s sales due to the vast popularity of the X1D, even though it has a cost delta compared to the Fuji GFX100, which is why I strongly ask Fuji to bring a Pixel shift solution to the camera as they have IBIS and could do it, unlike Hasselblad.

    Fuji currently seems to not realize just how important this solution is to professional photographers who appreciate how the resolution can produce a wonderful final print, (those who still even worry about printing).  They have not followed up with any major firmware advances, only fixes.  They are continuing to advance the lens lineup, albeit without any tilt shift offerings.  The lack of a tilt shift lens is IMO a big hole in their line up.

     

    Paul C

     

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    Jim Kasson
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    Re: Questions For Fuji, Especially the GFX 100
    Reply #8 on: February 24, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    I have not found the same degree of image DR that I saw with the IQ4150.

    Pixel-level DR is about the same; image-level DR will of course be different because of the larger number of pixels in the IQ4 150, modulo Phase One’s funny analog/digital gain tricks:

     

    https://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm#FujiFilm%20GFX%20100,Phase%20One%20IQ4%20150MP

    Jim

    Paul Sokal
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    Re: Questions For Fuji, Especially the GFX 100
    Reply #9 on: February 29, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Their X-Summit did reveal that they are working on Pixel shift for the GFX 100. You can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zojorOH0H0&t=5s

    Mike Nelson Pedde
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    Re: Questions For Fuji, Especially the GFX 100
    Reply #10 on: February 29, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Just returned from Jackson Hole where while there I took delivery of a GFX100.

    Totally impressed with the camera. The weather took a turn for the worse and while we weren’t able to shoot much landscape we did capture a ton of wildlife. The AF and high burst mode is something I’ve never encountered in a medium format system. Great overall camera.

    http://www.ironcreekphotographyblog.com/2019/11/fujifilm-gfx-100-100-megapixels.html

    Don

    Had a quick browse through your images, Don. Colour me impressed.

    Mike.

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    Tommy Weir
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    Re: Questions For Fuji, Especially the GFX 100
    Reply #11 on: June 17, 2020 at 4:34 am

    Picking up my GFX100 with a trio of lenses tomorrow.   Big day…

    Rand Scott Adams
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    Re: Questions For Fuji, Especially the GFX 100
    Reply #12 on: June 18, 2020 at 8:58 am

    Picking up my GFX100 with a trio of lenses tomorrow. Big day…

    Congratulations!  I continue to be amazed by mine.  Have fun . . .

    Rand

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    Tommy Weir
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    Re: Questions For Fuji, Especially the GFX 100
    Reply #13 on: June 19, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    I continue to be amazed by mine

    Yes, as am I by mine.  Quite something when images don’t break up at 400%.

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