FujiFilm Unveils GFX100 II 55mm Large-Format Sensor Mirrorless Camera
FujiFilm North America introduced Tuesday its GFX100 II 55mm large-format sensor-based professional mirrorless digital camera and three optional G-mount lenses to expand shooting flexibility and utility.
The FujiFilm GFX100 II is slated for arrival this fall at a $7,499.95 suggested retail. The optional VG-GFXII vertical battery grip (VG-GFX II) accessory, which accommodates two NP-W235 batteries for extended shooting time, will run $499.95.
The GFX100 II is billed as FujiFilm’s new flagship of the GFX mirrorless digital camera family.
It incorporates a 55mm large-format image sensor, which is 1.7x larger than the 35mm image sensors found in full-frame cameras and produces images with broad dynamic range at a very shallow depth-of-field.
The FujiFilm GFX100 II includes a 102-megapixel high-speed image sensor and the companys 5th generation X-Processor 5 image processing engine, which doubles the signal readout speed compared to the current model. This produces what FujiFilm called “unique benefits to image makers, especially in the areas of high-speed, continuous shutter mode, autofocus (AF) and video.”
The GFX100 II’s high-speed image sensor, and AI processing system power the subject-detection autofocus (AF) system, which was most recently featured in the FUJIFILM X-H2S mirrorless digital camera.
The system’s deep-learning AF algorithm will quickly track and detect animals, birds, vehicles, and other fast-moving objects like insects and drones to keep them in focus while the photographer concentrates on subject framing.
Burst shooting performance has been increased from the current 5.0 frames per second to 8.0 frames per second, expanding the GFX100 II’s application across various genres, including fashion, commercial, landscape, sports, and photojournalism. An expanded buffer memory extends burst-shooting capabilities.
The FujiFim GFX100 II’s “Bird” setting can be used to detect insects and the “Airplane” setting can be used to detect drones.
Video features in the camera include: internal recording in Apple ProRes 4:2:2, 10-bit video at 4K/60p and 8K/30p. Using an optional, third-party GF to PL lens adapter, multiple video recording formats can be natively accommodated on GFX100 II.
The GFX100 II supports three Apple ProRes codecs, including: Apple ProRes 422 HQ, Apple ProRes 422 and Apple ProRes 422 LT. When recording in Apple ProRes, the camera can also output h.264 and Apple ProRes 422 Proxy files, which can streamline workflows overall from production to post-production.
The camera also lists support for 8K (17:9: 8192 x 4320)/24p, 5.8K (5824 x 2476)/29.97p at up to 720Mbps.
Connectivity features of the camera include: Ethernet, HDMI Type A, and USB-C terminals for enhanced external device connectivity. Dual card slots support one CFExpress Type B and one SD card. CFExpress Type B cards are required to access the GFX100 II’s enhanced video performance features.
Production workflows are additionally streamlined with the camera’s native, accessory free integration for Frame.io Camera to Cloud, which easily delivers files directly to the cloud, and Atomos AirGlu BT, which allows timecode on GFX100 II to be accurately jammed and synchronized across various compatible accessories, audio recorders, and other hardware and software products that are commonly used in video production.
Creative tools include 20 Film Simulation modes, including the new REALA ACE mode, which is based on Fujifilm’s color negative film, offering a neutral color reproduction suitable for all subject types. Additionally, Fujifilm’s use of pixel structure has enabled ISO80 as a standard sensitivity. When the sensor sensitivity is set at ISO80, the camera can make images with wide dynamic range and noise levels that are lower than previous GFX100 and GFX100S models.
The camera’s ISO light sensitivity range is listed at ISO 80-12,800 (expandable to ISO 40-102,400).
The new sensor’s photosites have been optimized to increase light use efficiency at the sensor’s edges, thus improving both image quality at the edges of the photo, and AF accuracy over the previous, GFX100 and GFX100S models.
Hardware enhancements include a five-axis, in-body image stabilization (IBIS) that provides up to 8-stops of image stabilization, as well as 1.0x viewfinder magnification, and a high- magnification, high-definition 9.44-million-dot EVF. The camera’s new design also features a large, sub-LCD, tilted top panel, and a fashionably textured grip.
In addition to the new camera, FujiFilm introduce three new lenses to support its mirrorless interchangeable lens camera family.
Highlights include a pair of tilt-shift lenses for its GFX System cameras including the FUJINON GF30mmF5.6 T/S lens (GF30mmF5.6 T/S) and FUJINON Lens GF110mmF5.6 T/S Macro lens (GF110mmF5.6 T/S Macro). These new lenses are designed for for GFX System’s 55mm large-format sensor professional cameras, and offer the ability to adjust for parallax, distortion, and focus.
The GF30mmF5.6 T/S ($3,499.99 suggested retail) and GF110mmF5.6 T/S Macro ($4,724.99) lenses are each expected to be available this fall.
The tilt shift lenses are intended for architectural, product, and commercial photographers and feature a G lens mount lens. Both lenses have been designed specifically to make use of the GFX System’s 55mm imaging sensor (43.8mm x 32.9mm) with an area approximately 1.7 times that of a customary, 35mm full-frame sensor.
Tilting and shifting mechanisms work in conjunction with GFX System’s large format sensor
The GF30mmF5.6 has a tilting angle of ±8.5° and shifting of up to ±15mm adjusting the position of the focal plane and angle of perspective. Rotation adjustments within ±90° can also be combined with parallel or perpendicular tilt and shift adjustments, to give a high level of flexibility in accounting for the needs of the scene.
The lens has a built-in sensor that measures changes, in degrees, to shift or rotation, and changes can be monitored in Live View and are recorded to the image file’s metadata for reference during RAW processing.
In addition, the FUJINON GF110mmF5.6 T/S Macro is a mid-telephoto, tilt-shift macro lens with a 110mm focal length (equivalent 35mm focal length of 87mm) and a maximum magnification factor of 0.5x. It is designed to suppress various aberration types, including distortion and lateral.
The “Live View” and metadata recording function is available when used with the FujiFilm GFX100 II digital camera. A firmware update is required for use GFX100, GFX100S, GFX50S II, GFX 50S and GFX 50R digital cameras.
A supplied adapter ring is required in order to use a 105mm filter.
The lens will tilt up to ±10° and shift up to ±15mm, allowing the focal plane position and angle of perspective to be adjusted as needed in real time. Rotation adjustments within ±90° can also be combined with parallel or perpendicular tilt and shift adjustments, to give a high level of flexibility in accounting for the needs of the scene.
Also added is the FUJINON GF55mmF1.7 R WR lens (GF55mmF1.7), is a large-aperture prime lens offering a standard focal length of 55mm (an equivalent 35mm focal length of 44mm). It has been designed for a broad range of genres that include travel, street, and documentary.
The GF55mmF1.7 features a high-speed F1.7 aperture, and is optimal for use with the recently released GF80mmF1.7 R WR lens because of its similar aperture and comparatively wider focal length, with a field of view that is very similar to that of the human eye. This matches up with a wide variety of applications, images of high detail, to environmental portraits with wonderful balance between a subject and its out-of-focus background.
Fourteen lens elements in 10 groups, including aspherical and extra-low dispersion (ED) elements, enable the FUJINON GF55mmF1.7’s high image-resolving performance. The provided 11 diaphragm blades create rounded bokeh, even when the lens is stopped down. The advanced lens blade design effectively controls chromatic and spherical aberrations, providing soft, creamy bokeh and detailed imagery.
The FUJINON GF55mmF1.7 R WR lens will be available in the fall at a $2,299.99 suggest retail price.
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By Greg Tarr
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