Fujifilm has made a resounding statement in the world of photography with the introduction of the powerhouse Fujifilm GFX100 II, their latest flagship mirrorless camera. This camera boasts unrivaled excellence, featuring a cutting-edge 102 MP medium format sensor that promises image quality and definition previously unseen in the industry. Additionally, Fujifilm has unveiled three new lenses in the Fujinon GF series, including two Tilt/Shift models designed to ignite the creativity of photographers.
Fujifilm GFX100 II
The Fujifilm GFX100 II is a direct evolution of the model launched in 2019, which later evolved into the Fujifilm GFX100S. While the resolution of the Large Format sensor remains unchanged, measuring 43.8 x 32.9 mm (1.7 times larger than the Full Frame), this new generation is equipped with the upgraded GFX 102MP CMOS II HS sensor. It operates at a swifter and more efficient pace than its predecessor, thanks to the integration of the X-Processor 5 image processor, which has been tested at 8 frames per second—a remarkable feat for a camera with such a large sensor.
Furthermore, the GFX100 II incorporates the new predictive autofocus system originally developed for the Fujifilm X-H2S. This AI-based AF system employs Deep Learning optimization, enhancing subject recognition and tracking, promising speed and precision.
In the realm of video, the GFX100 II introduces new recording modes (Premix, 35mm, and anamorphic) and the capability to capture clips in 4K/60P or even 8K/30P, utilizing the 10-bit 4:2:2 format, F-Log2 profile support, and Apple ProRes codecs. The extended dynamic range stretches up to 14 stops, accompanied by various tools for managing focus and other video parameters.
The camera’s body has been entirely redesigned, optimizing button and dial placement for convenience. It features a new BISHAMON-TEX texture for improved grip and weather resistance. Connectivity options are extensive, including an Ethernet port, HDMI Type A and USB-C connectors, and two slots for CFexpress Type B or SD memory cards.
The OLED electronic viewfinder offers a resolution of 9.44 MP, 1.0x magnification, and a refresh rate of 120 fps. The rear LCD screen is tiltable but not fully swiveling. A traditional monochrome top screen is also included for quick access to shooting parameters.
The GFX100 II is equipped with a 5-axis IBIS stabilization system that compensates for up to 8 stops, a significant improvement. Notable features include the Pixel Shift Multi-Shot mode, which combines 16 RAW shots to create 400MP photos, a lowered minimum ISO of 80, and a selection of 20 classic film simulations, including the new REALA ACE introduced with this model.
For those looking to expand the capabilities of the Fujifilm GFX100 II, a range of accessories is available, including a battery grip (VG-GFX II), a fan (FAN-001), and an EVF-TL1 viewfinder adapter, all of which are compatible with previous models.
New Fujifilm GF lenses
In conjunction with the launch of the Fujifilm GFX100 II, three new Fujifilm GF lenses designed for Large Format series cameras have been introduced.
The first lens is the versatile Fujifilm GF 55mm F1.7 R WR, equivalent to a 44mm on Full Frame. With its wide aperture and intermediate focal length, it is suitable for portraits and various other scenarios. The lens delivers exceptional bokeh performance, particularly enjoyable with its f/1.7 aperture on a medium format sensor.
Additionally, two unique Tilt/Shift lenses have been unveiled: the Fujifilm GF 30mm F5.6 T/S and GF 110mm F5.6 T/S Macro. Both models feature tilt and shift mechanisms that allow photographers to creatively manipulate focus points and avoid optical distortions.
In the coming months, two more lenses will be introduced, although their names remain undisclosed. Fujifilm’s roadmap reveals plans for a 500mm ultra-telephoto lens (equivalent to 396mm in Full Frame) and a motorized power zoom lens designed for video shooting.
Price and release date
The Fujifilm GFX100 II is set to be available by the end of September 2023, with a list price of $7,499 through Bhphotovideo.com and Adorama.com. While this price may be considered high in the mirrorless camera realm, it is justifiable given the exclusive features this device offers.
For details regarding the pricing and availability of the new lenses compatible with Fujifilm GFX cameras sporting a Large Format sensor, please refer to the information provided below.
- Fujifilm GF 55mm F1.7 R WR: $2,299 on Bhphotovideo.com and Adorama.com, available from the end of September 2023
- Fujifilm GF 30mm F5.6 T/S: $3,999 on Bhphotovideo.com and Adorama.com, available from the end of October 2023
- Fujifilm GF 110mm F5.6 T/S Macro: $3,499 on Bhphotovideo.com and Adorama.com, available from the end of November 2023