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Fuji GFX R- Very subjective first impressions
Old 12-28-2018   #1
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Fuji GFX R- Very subjective first impressions

I received my pre-ordered Fuji GFX R with the 63mm lens the day before X Mas.

Figured I'd give some preliminary first impressions for anyone interested along with a few photos.

A little background:
I'm coming from shooting with a Leica M9 for the last several years and before that a Leica M4-P and have owned a Mamiya 6 and a Mamiya 7. Wanted something that would fill the void of the Mamiya since I basically gave up shooting film. I tended to take the Mamiya on trips where I know I was going to be shooting mostly nature and wanted the ability to make big prints.

The Fuji is a big camera but not too big. It feels fairly light for the size and not unwieldy. I am glad I got the 63 rather than than the zoom because that would have made it too big for me. I like to travel light and usually only bring one or two lenses. Buttons and functions are where you'd expect them to be. I've never owned an auto focus camera (except for point and shoots) but the autofocus seemed fast and accurate to me. Again I'm not too technical but everything seemed to work well.I didn't change the default settings much.

The one negative is that it feels kinda cheap for a $5000 camera. I'm sure it's built well enough and weather sealed etc but after shooting Leica's it just doesn't feel like it's made to the same tolerances. I've played with the Hasselblad X1D and was almost set to get one, but read a lot of negatives about how slow it is in use. However the build quality of that camera feels commensurate with it's price.

In use the camera works very well. I was shooting mostly stationary objects in aperture priority mode and everything worked well. I don't love the electronic viewfinder, it's a little jaggy and strange coming from standard viewfinders but it's not a deal breaker.

I downloaded the trial of Capture One Fuji Express the process the photos. I usually use an old pre-CC version of Lightroom but have played with Capture One in the past and it seemed like a good time to switch.

The photos are pretty amazing as expected. I shot RAW. They have that medium format look with nice smooth color transitions and although sharp don't have the harshness that I is a little jarring to my eye in smaller formats. They needed little processing and I liked that Capture One allows you to apply the Fuji film looks as curves. Don't know how much I will end up using them but I liked how subtle they are.

I'm on the fence about keeping it due to the build, but the quality of the images pushes it over the edge and I think it will be coming with me on some trips this year.



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Thanks for sharing. I opted for the 50S as a better fit for intended tripod work.

What I like best about these cameras so far is the 4:3 aspect ratio. I removed the EVF, use only the nicely tiltable LCD, great for low-to-ground or high camera positions.

Next step is to raise funds for the 23 and the 110 ...

+1 to C1 as well.
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