Fujifilm GFX 50S Landscape Photography Shootout: Part 1

On paper, the Fujifilm GFX 50S medium format camera is the perfect choice for landscape photographers.

With its 51.4MP, 43.8mm x 32.9mm CMOS sensor, weather-resistant design and light weight – its 740g body-only weight means the GFX 50S is lighter than a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – this is a mirrorless camera that should be just as at home in the great outdoors as it is shooting in the studio.

To find out, we spent a day with two London Camera Exchange customers for a Fujifilm GFX 50S field test, in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales.

Sanj Maghera and Wesley Deprez are outdoor photography enthusiasts who wanted to review the handling and performance of the GFX 50S, a camera which they were both keen to get to grips with.

As well as getting a GFX 50S each for the day, courtesy of LCE, Sanj and Wes were armed with two of Fujifilm’s best medium format lenses for landscape photography.

The Fujinon GF 23mm f/4 R LM WR wide-angle offers an angle of view equivalent to that of an 18mm lens on a full-frame camera. In addition to its dust- and weather-resistant build, Fujifilm reports that it’s capable of operating in environments as cold as -10°C - not that we’d have the opportunity to put this to the test here, of course. 

More important for us while shooting waterfalls and mountain views in Wales is the fact that the GF 23mm lens features an 82mm filter thread, which enables us to use standard and graduated ND filters from the LEE 100mm system of filters.

To add flexibility, Sanj and Wes’s GFX 50S bodies also came with Fujinon GF 32-64mm f/4 LM WR zooms.

Offering a similar angle of view to 25-51mm on a full-frame camera, this standard lens is anything but standard, with a weather-resistant design, a brass mount for strength, and a lockable ‘C’ mode on the aperture ring that allows the aperture to be controlled directly on the Fujifilm GFX 50S body.

The weather held up and the views were spectacular. But how did Sanj and Wes get on with the camera and lenses? Find out in the October edition of Digital Camera magazine, on sale in the UK from Friday 15 September.

We’ll be updating our coverage of their Fujifilm GFX 50S field tests on this blog too, so you won’t miss a thing!