10 Things you need to know: New FUJIFILM GFX50S II

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New Fujifilm GFX50S II

With the substantial success of Fujifilm’s GFX100S this year, we are just now satisfying all back orders and shipments to our customers. The advancements, feature set, size, and price of the GFX100S created a huge demand for a product that changed medium format photographic capture systems. Due to this demand and customer response it was logical for Fujifilm to incorporate their 51.4mp sensor into the updated body and feature set. Here is a quick top ten list that will hopefully answer many of your first questions.

10: What is different about the body?

If you are familiar with the GFX10OS, then you know what to expect in the GFX50SII. The body, buttons and dials are all exactly the same. In fact, it was difficult to discern which body was which when we first set them down next to each other. It took a keen eye to see the new, small, and grey model designation underneath the left side GFX logo. Other than this one graphic, the bodies are identical.

However, if you are only familiar with the current GFX50S, you will notice the changes in the above image that are evident. The tell tale hump in the rear the GFX50 is now removed. The removable EVF is not an option in the 50S MKII. This also reduces the footprint of the body slightly. Two of the popular old school manual dials have now been incorporated into the LCD menu system, also slightly reducing size and weight. And of course, the redesigned joystick of the GFX100S.

9: Battery and Charger

In order to reduce the price of the body, there will not be a charger included in the box, same as with the GFX 100S. What is the reasoning? If you already have an XT4, then you already have the proper charger. Why should you pay for another one if you don’t need it? Included in the box is a single battery, USB charging block, and USB C to C cable. You can choose to charge in body, use your existing charger If you have an XT4, or purchase an external dual charger (highly recommended).

Secondly, the battery has also changed to the smaller NP-W235 battery. Yes, it is a bummer if you have 10 existing batteries and need to make the change. However the new smaller battery lasts up to 450 shots given us a longer life than its larger bulkier predecessor. And it’s always in stock at the links below:

8: It comes with a kit Lens?

FUJINON GF35-70mmF4.5-5.6 Lens

Yes, introduced with the body is the new FUJINON GF35-70mmF4.5-5.6 Lens. Having a kit lens is not something new to other manufacturers or medium format. It’s just new to the Fujifilm medium format GFX line up. If you want to see how this lens compares to the sharpness of the existing GF32-64mm Lens then you can follow this link below:

Sharpness Test Fujinon GF35-70mm vsGF32-64mm lenses

But let’s take a look at this lens in comparison in other ways.

  • It has a new collapsable lens design for a smaller footprint in your bag.
  • The aperture ring has been removed from classic GF lens design.
  • Height – At 75mm it is 35% smaller
  • Weight – At .85lbs it is 55% lighter
  • Price – At $995.95 it is 57% less expensive

And here are the specifications:

ProductGF35-70mmF4.5-5.6 WR
Price999.95
35mm Equivalent Focal Range of 28-55mm
Variable 4.5-5.6 Aperture
Collapsed/ Closed Length: 84.9mm x 73.9mm (3.34in x 2.91in)
Length (wide): 84.9mm x 96.4mm (3.8in)
Length (tele): 84.9mm x 95.7mm (3.77in)
35mm Equivalent Focal Range of 28-55mm
Variable 4.5-5.6 Aperture
Collapsed/ Closed Length: 84.9mm x 73.9mm (3.34in x 2.91in)
Length (wide): 84.9mm x 96.4mm (3.8in)
Length (tele): 84.9mm x 95.7mm (3.77in)
Weight: 390g (.85lb)
Minimum Focusing Distance: 35cm (13.78in)
Maximum Magnification: 0.28x

Packaged Width (in)6.4
Packaged Height (in)5.6
Packaged Depth (in)7.2
Packaged Weight (lb)2.2
Lens MountFUJIFILM G Mount
Focal Range35-70mm
Lens configuration11 elements in 9 groups
(includes 1 aspherical and 2 ED elements)
35mm Equivalent Focal Length28-55mm
AutofocusYes
Angle of view76°-42.7°
Max. apertureF4-5.6
Min. apertureF32
Number of aperture blades9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Aperture Step Size13EV (16 steps)
Minimum Focusing Distance (cm)35
Minimum Focusing Distance (in)13.78
Max. magnification0.28x
Lens External Dimensions : Diameter x Length* (approx.)
*distance from camera lens mount flange
Φ84.9mm×73.9mm
Lens Diameter (mm)84.9
Lens Length (mm)73.9
Lens Length (in)2.9
Lens Length - Extended (mm)73.9
Lens Length - Extended (in)2.9
Lens Weight (g)390
Lens Weight (lb)0.85
Filter size62mm
Lens Item IncludesLens Cap FLCP-62, Lens rear cap RLCP-002, Lens hood, Lens pouch

But beyond those stats the most remarkable aspect of this lens is that it will only cost $500 when purchased with the body. How can you turn down this lighter, smaller compact zoom at half price when buying the body?

7: Shipping dates

FUJIFILM GFX50S II products will be subject to a RETAIL SALES EMBARGO until October 21, 2021 at 12:00 A.M. ET

Yeah, not for 7 more weeks……. Seems early to announce the product when the first unit won’t ship until 7 weeks from now. However, Fujifilm is doing a great job at getting back orders filled for the GFX100s today. We should have all GFX 100S back orders shipped and units on the shelf in just a week or two. This will allow time to ramp up production for this same body with the 51mp sensor. So it’s important to get your deposits in on the product now in order to receive it this year.

6: Capture One Pro Support

Capture One support is not available today. However it will be available in the next beta version in a few weeks and will be available well before the shipping dates in October.

5: Body specifications

ProductGFX50S II Body
Price3999.95
51.4 Megapixel Large Format CMOS Image Sensor
X-Processor 4 Image Processor
3.0 Frames per second
Enhanced autofocus (AF) algorithm for optimized performance with G Mount lenses
Up to 6.5 stops of Internal Body Image Stabilization (IBIS)
51.4 Megapixel Large Format CMOS Image Sensor
X-Processor 4 Image Processor
3.0 Frames per second
Updated Autofocus (AF) algorithm for optimized performance with G Mount lenses
Up to 6.5 stops of Internal Body Image Stabilization (IBIS)
Compact, weather resistant body
Packaged Width (in)9.4
Packaged Height (in)7.7
Packaged Depth (in)5.5
Packaged Weight (lb)4.4
Number Of Effective Pixels51.4 million pixels
Image Sensor43.8mmx32.9mm Bayer array with primary color filter
Sensor Cleaning SystemUltra Sonic Vibration
Storage MediaSD Card (-2GB) / SDHC Card (-32GB) / SDXC Card (-256GB) UHS-I / UHS-II*
*Please see the Fujifilm website (https://fujifilm-x.com/support/compatibility/cameras/) to check memory card compatibility.
File Format (Still)JPEG: Exif Ver.2.3, RAW: 14bit RAW RAF original format, RAW+JPEG, TIFF 8bit RGB (In-camera Raw Conversion Only)
Number Of Recorded PixelsL: [4:3] 8256x6192 [3:2] 8256x5504 [16:9] 8256x4640 [1:1] 6192x6192 [65:24] 8256x3048 [5:4] 7744x6192 [7:6] 7232x6192
S: [4:3] 4000x3000 [3:2] 4000x2664 [16:9] 4000x2248 [1:1] 2992x2992 [65:24] 4000x1480 [5:4] 3744x3000 [7:6] 3504x3000
Lens MountFUJIFILM G Mount
Sensitivity Standard OutputAUTO1/ AUTO2/ AUTO3 (up to ISO12800)/ ISO100~12800 (1/ 3 step)
Sensitivity Extended OutputISO50/ 25600/ 51200/ 102400
Exposure ControlTTL 256-zone metering, Multi/ Spot/ Average/ Center Weighted
Exposure ModeP (Program AE)/ A (Aperture Priority AE)/ S (Shutter Speed Priority AE)/ M (Manual Exposure)
Exposure CompensationSTILL -5.0EV - +5.0EV (1/3EV step)/ MOVIE: -2.0EV - +2.0EV (1/3EV step)
Image Stabilizer MechanismImage sensor shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation
Image Stabilizer Compensation EffectUp to 6.5 stops (based on CIPA standard). Pitch/yaw shake only.
Image Stabilizer Digital Image StabilizationYes movie mode only
Image Stabilizer Is Mode BoostYes movie mode only
Shutter TypeFocal Plane Shutter
Shutter Speed Mechanical ShutterP mode: 4sec to 1/4000, A mode: 30sec to 1/4000, S/M mode: 60min to 1/4000, Bulb mode: up to 60min,
Shutter Speed Electronic ShutterP mode: 4sec to 1/16000 A mode: 30sec to 1/16000, S/M mode: 60min to 1/16000, Bulb mode: up to 60min*
*The Electronic Shutter may not be suitable for fast-moving objects or handheld shooting. Flash can not be used.
Shutter Speed Electronic Front Curtain ShutterP mode: 4sec to 1/4000 A mode: 30sec to 1/4000 S/M mode: 60min to 1/4000 Bulb mode: up to 60min
Shutter Speed Mechanical + Electronic ShutterP mode: 4sec to 1/16000, A mode: 30sec to 1/16000, S/M mode: 60min to 1/16000, Bulb mode: up to 60min*
*The Electronic Shutter may not be suitable for fast-moving objects or handheld shooting. Flash can not be used.
Shutter Speed E-Front + Mechanical ShutterP mode: 4sec to 1/16000, A mode: 30sec to 1/16000, S/M mode: 60min to 1/16000, Bulb mode: up to 60min*
*The Electronic Shutter may not be suitable for fast-moving objects or handheld shooting. Flash can not be used.
Shutter Speed E-Front + Mechanical + Electronic ShutterP mode: 4sec to 1/16000, A mode: 30sec to 1/16000, S/M mode: 60min to 1/16000, Bulb mode: up to 60min

*Electronic front curtain shutter works until 1/500sec, Mechanical shutter works until 1/4000sec.
**The Electronic Shutter may not be suitable for fast-moving objects or handheld shooting. Flash can not be used.
Shutter Speed Movie1\4000to1\24(dependsontheframerate)
Synchronized Shutter Speed For Flash1/125sec. or slower
Continuous ShootingApprox. 3.0fps (JPEG: Endless, Compressed RAW: 31 Frames, Lossless compressed RAW: 13 Frames, Uncompressed RAW: 8 Frames)

*When Using the Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
Approx. 1.8fps (JPEG: Endless Lossless Compression RAW: Endless Uncompressed RAW: 8 Frames)
**Recordable frame depends on recording media.
***Speed of continuous shooting depends on shooting environment and shooting frames.
AE BracketingAE Bracketing ((2/3/5/7/9 frames) ±1/3EV - ±3EV, 1/3EV step)
Film Simulation Bracketing (Any 3 types of film simulation selectable)
Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%)
ISO Sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)
White Balance Bracketing (±1, ±2, ±3)
Focus Bracketing (AUTO, MANUAL)
Focus ModeSingle AF/ Continuous AF/ MF
Focus TypeTTL Contrast AF
Focus Low-Light PerformanceContrast: -3.5EV with Low light priority AF-S ON and GF80mmF1.7 attached
AF Frame SelectionSingle Point AF: EVF/ LCD: 13×9/ 25×17 (Changeable Size of AF Frame Among 6 Types)
Zone AF: 3×3/ 5×5/ 7×7 from 117 Areas on 13×9 Grid
Wide/Tracking AF: (Up to 9 Area) *AF-S: Wide *AF-C: Tracking
All
White BalanceAuto (WHITE PRIORITY, AUTO, AMBIENCE PRIORITY)/ Custom1-3/ Color temperature selection (2500K-10000K)/ Dayight, Shade, Fluorescent light 1, Fluorescent light 2, Fluorescent light 3, Incandescent light, Underwater
Self-Timer10sec./ 2sec.
Interval Timer ShootingYes (Setting : Interval, Number of shots, Starting time, Interval timer shooting exposure smoothing)
Flash Sync Mode1st Curtain/ 2nd Curtain/ AUTO FP (HSS)
Flash ModeTTL(FLASH AUTO / STANDARD / SLOW SYNC.) / MANUAL / OFF
Hot ShoeYes (Dedicated TTL Flash compatible)
Viewfinder EVF0.5 inch Approx. 3.69 millions dots OLED Color Viewfinder
Coverage of Viewing Area vs. Capturing Area: Approx. 100%
Eyepoint: Approx. 23mm (from the Rear End of the Camera's Eyepiece)
Diopter Adjustment: -4~+2m-1
Magnification: 0.77x with 50mm Lens (35mm Equivalent) at infinity and Diopter set to -1.0m-1
Diagonal Angle of View: Approx. 38° (Horizontal Angle of View: Approx. 30°)
Built-In Eye Sensor
LCD Monitor3.2 inch Tilt-Type(Three Direction)Touch Screen Color LCD Monitor (Approx. 100% Coverage), , Aspect Ratio 4:3, Approx. 2.36 million dots
Touch Screen Shooting ModeAF, Focus Area, OFF, Double Tap Setting (ON/OFF), Touch Function Setting (ON/OFF), EVF Touch Screen Area Setting
Touch Screen Playback ModeSwipe, Zoom, Pinch-in / Pinch-out, Double-tap, Drag (ON/OFF Selectable)
Sub LCD Monitor1.80 inch, Aspect Ratio 4:3, 303×230-dot Monochrome LCD Monitor
File Format (Movie)MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Linear PCM (Stereo sound 24bit / 48KHz sampling)
Movie CompressionLong GOP
File Size / Frame Rate / Recording TimeFull HD (1920×1080) 29.97p/ 25p/ 24p/ 23.98p 50Mbps up to Approx. 120 min.
Film Simulation Mode19 modes: PROVIA/ Standard, Velvia/ Vivid, ASTIA/ Soft, Classic Chrome, PRO Neg.Hi, PRO Neg.Std, Classic Neg., Nostalgic Neg., ETERNA/ Cinema, ETERNA BLEACH BYPASS, ACROS, ACROS + Ye Filter, ACROS + R Filter, ACROS + G Filter, Black & White, Black & White + Ye Filter, Black & White + R Filter, Black & White + G Filter, Sepia
Clarity Setting±5 steps
Monochromatic ColorYes
Grain EffectRoughness: STRONG/ WEAK/ OFF, Size: LARGE/ SMALL
Color Chrome EffectSTRONG/ WEAK/ OFF
Color Chrome BlueSTRONG/ WEAK/ OFF
Smooth Skin EffectSTRONG/ WEAK/ OFF
Dynamic Range SettingAUTO / 100% / 200% / 400%
*ISO RESTRICTION: DR100%: No limit/ DR200%: ISO200 or more/ DR400%: ISO400 or more
Dynamic Range Setting (Movie)100% / 200% / 400%
*DR100%: No limit/ DR200%: ISO400 or more/ DR400%: ISO800 or more
Wireless Transmitter StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n (standard wireless protocol)
Wireless Transmitter EncryptionWEP/ WPA/ WPA2 mixed mode
Wireless Transmitter Access ModeInfrastructure
Bluetooth® StandardBluetooth Ver 4.2 (Bluetooth low energy)
Bluetooth® Operating Frequency2402 - 2480MHz
Terminal - Digital InterfaceUSB Type-C (USB3.2 Gen1x1)
Terminal - Hdmi OutputHDMI Micro connector (Type D)
Terminal - Othersø3.5mm, stereo mini connector (Microphone)
ø3.5mm, stereo mini connector (Headphone)
ø2.5mm, Remote Release Connector
Hot shoe
Synchronized terninal
Power SupplyNP-W235 Li-ion battery (included)
Battery Life For Still ImagesApprox. 455 frames When GF63mmF2.8 R WR is set. (Auto power save ON)
Actual Battery Life For Movie Capture[Full HD] Approx. 80min. Face detection is OFF
Continuance Battery Life For Movie Capture[Full HD] Approx. 140min @ 29.97p. Face detection set to OFF
Camera External Dimensions(W) 150.0mm x (H) 104.2mm x (D) 87.2mm, (W) 5.91in. x (H) 4.1in. x (D) 3.43in., Minimum Depth: 44.0mm / 1.73in.
Camera Width (mm)150
Camera Height (mm)104.2
Camera Depth (mm)87.2
Camera Minimum Depth (mm)44
Camera Width (in)5.91
Camera Height (in)4.1
Camera Depth (in)3.43
Camera Minimum Depth (in)1.73
Camera Body WeightApprox. 900g including battery and memory card, Approx. 821g excluding battery and memory card
Operating Temperature-10°C-40°C/ 14°F-104°F
Operating Humidity10% - 80% (no condensation)
Starting Up PeriodApprox. 0.4sec.
Camera Item IncludesLi-ion battery NP-W235, AC power adapter AC-5VJ, Plug adapter, USB cable, Shoulder strap, BCP-002 Body cap, Hot shoe cover, Cable protector

4: New improvements over the GFX50S

We have already covered size and weight differences so let’s dig internally and see what is under the hood.

One of the biggest selling features of the Fujifilm Medium Format camera line is that it is head and shoulders better at auto focus and image stability than any other medium format camera. And the GFX50SII does not disappoint in these two areas.

The GFX50S II’s “in body image stabilization” or IBIS, gives the user an extra whopping 6.5 stops of shutter speed latitude for hand held photography. It uses 5-axis stabilization to crush its other medium format competition for sharp captures at unheard of shutter speeds.

FujiFilm has also incorporated its X-processor 4 engine for faster auto focus readout speeds that are almost twice as fast as those of the original GFX50S. Combined with improved algorithms the auto focus is greatly improved in all modes including face and eye detection.

Built on Fujifilm’s incredibly rich history of color science, there are 19 film mode simulations included in the release. Anyone remember shooting with Velvia, Provia, or Astia and want to go back to those vivid film days? Well now you can.

With the addition of the IBIS, this allows the body to allow pixel shifting to incorporate pixel stitch technology creating 4 times the original resolution resulting in 200mp or 600mb files.

Some added smalller features are improved low light focus, better eye detection, improved AWB, hot swapping of SD cards, lens naming, and bluetooth wireless connectivity.

3: Some questions for FujiFilm

When we look at the all the positives it’s only fair that we also make note of the absence of some features. while some diehard or old school users miss the manual tactile buttons, wheels, or aperture rings that have disappeared, the functionality of the camera does not change. Those functions have just been streamlined. With that said, there are some features that seem to be missed. Here are questions that we will try to get answered for you in the coming days.

  • Why not offer 4k video in your 50mp cameras? Especially with the faster sensor read out? Future Firmware update?
  • We have contrast detection based auto focus in the GGFX50SII. Why not phase detection? Is it a BSI function?

2: Price

$3,999.95

When the GFX50s was introduced it stunned the market at $6,490. Then its big brother came in and stunned it again this year at $6,000 causing the biggest backorder we have ever had of any single medium format camera.

Today the GFX50S II comes in at $3,999.95 for the body and $4,499.95 for the kit with 35-70 zoom lens.

1: Online and ready to order

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