I had been looking forward to reviewing the Fuji GFX 50s. It seemed like a logical step up from the a7RII, and the Sony 50MP sensor, although lacking the Aptina DR-pix technology, was well proven and respected, having been used for a couple of years in Phase One, Hasselblad, and Pentax cameras. I was a bit worried about what Fuji’s new microlens system, which reduces the effective fill factor, would do to aliasing, but I was willing to keep an open mind on that. I was also concerned that moving the sensor cover plate well away from the senor surface would adversely affect off-axis imaging with adapted lenses, but people who understand optics a lot better than I do said that the first-order parameter was the thickness, and that a shift in position should not have a great effect.
So, on January 19, the first day that B&H started accepting orders, I was there with my figurative nose pressed up against the glass. I ordered a body, EVF tilt adapter, charger, extra batteries, AC power unit, 120mm macro lens, and the 63mm normal lens. Delivery was quoted as 2/28.
On 2/28, B&H shipped me the EVF tilt adapter. After a week of backing and forthing, they said that nothing else would ship before 4/7. I was willing to be patient.
Then I started reading about the experiences of some of the lucky folks who had received GFXs from the first tranche. The images looked nice. The 120mm lens got good reviews for sharpness, but most thought it huge. The 63mm lens was more of a mixed bag. Both lenses apparently suffer from focus shift. But that’s not unusual. It’s more unusual to find a lens that doesn’t exhibit focus shift.
Then I discovered a serious problem: there is no way to do magnified manual focusing with native lenses stopped down to taking aperture. You push on the DOF preview lever, and the finder switches out of magnified view. That’s a show stopper for me.
With the Sony a7x cameras, Setting Effect On means that you can stop down the lens and use it in magnified focusing mode at taking aperture. On my Nikons, live view stops the lens down to taking aperture — it’s kinda strange at first to hear the lens aperture move when you change the f-stop in live view. I can’t give that up.
Last night, I cancelled my order. I’ll try to send the EVF tilt adapter back.
Maybe Fuji will fix this in the future with a firmware release, but maybe they won’t.
I was really looking forward to testing that camera. Maybe I’ll rent one when the availability improves, but until I can focus at taking aperture, I’m not going to be using the camera for real photography.
[A few hours later] Well, I lost my place in line for nothing. I just read this on LuLa:
Ok, thanks to some help from the FujiGFX forum, you can have Live View Zoomed in and DOF preview.
I was in S mode on the camera when I checked before and note, this is very poorly discussed if at in the camera manual.
In in M mode, pick any aperture, hit DOF preview, the aperture blades close down (verified by looking at lens) you also see the DOF preview emblem in the viewfinder. Hit zoom, THE DOF INDICATOR GOES OUT, but the aperture blades STAY CLOSED DOWN (verified by looked at front of lens). I have checked the multiple times and it works as I have stated.
Oops! I feel terrible about this.