It was a premiere, which I've been waiting for. When the XT-1 has appeared, without a mirror and with a small sensor, I said goodbye forever to Nikon (but still work with the D4 or D800 I remember very well). Then it was only better, the X-Pro 2 or XT-2 only convinced me that there was no return to the DSLR cameras. Small, clever camera, giving brilliant picture quality - that was IT.
"Unfortunately," from time to time I was dealing with something from Phase One or Hasselblad. High resolution, brilliant dynamic range and the magic of medium format.
This year Santa Claus came early and left us Hasselblad X1Dand Fujifilm GFX 50S, which helps me in my work.
The Fujifilm cameras made me diverge from the size and weight of the DSLRs, so the first impression, after taking the GFX was very bad for this one ;) With the grip, electronic viewfinder adapter and zoom lens, the whole was pretty big.
Luckily it is possible to work without the grip, viewfinder adapter is not necessary and the most I was interested was the smallest from the available lens - GF63mmF2.8 R. By the way, it turned out that it is also the slowest lens from new system, so I get along with it, and then it will be only better with any other.
The camera is excellent in hand. Even with the grip, its ergonomics trumps the Nikon D4, which is still for me the leader. Solid performance, no shortcomings, nothing creaking, nothing crackles - almost perfect. I had to get used to the weight, but it's not so much a stick to the GFX, which is a habit for his smaller and much lighter brothers.
On aesthetic considerations it makes no sense to mention, it's a matter of taste. I like the harsh styling of Fuji. I really like the transparent and intuitive menu that I know with the XT-2 - it is nice that no one tried to force a revolution here. The screen can be deflected, another similarity with the XT-2 and again the bull's eye! In addition, the screen is touch-sensitive, which is a pleasant addition, although I used this facility mainly when viewing photos stored on the card in the camera.
Perhaps the most I liked is the adapter, which protects the connected cable against accidental disconnection. A trifle, but it gives you a lot of joy!
I cannot convince myself to an electronic viewfinder adapter. When I use a tripod, it is easier to use waived display, with camera in hand, it seems natural to put it to the eye.
Even older and larger GFX’s colleagues have taught me that working with high resolutions is a bit more difficult. There is not even a big difference in the size of the sensor, as it is similar to Canon's 50Mpx sensor, and it’s "just’’ a full frame. Overshoot in focus, even if minimal can be fatal in effect. I still remember when in the days of the D800, so much it doesn't bother me
The natural need in such a situation is viewing and assessment of photos, so that tethering should not be more of a luxury. Fortunately, Fujifilm has come up to the task and has released a very simple and free application - X Acquire. It allows you to select the folder and type of files you want to store on your computer and on the card in the camera. The application currently supports three models of cameras: XT-1, XT-2 and GFX 50S.
Also, the Lightroom plugin has been updated, which in the Pro version allows you to control the camera and live view on the computer, but there appears a problem that a minute.
After the first turn on, you will see that the camera is not as fast as the XT-2, especially when it comes to autofocus. It can also be seen on reaction time to pressing the shutter button or turn it on. But also the speed demon does not have to be, the action and the need for a quick reaction are not his fairy tale. My biggest concerns were the quality of standard glass for a new system that will focusing fast enough and what about its accuracy? In accordance, it is not fast, but it is accurate. Ideal for a portrait, on a runaway dog it would be worthwhile to hunt with something else. Working even under controlled conditions, in the studio, pilot lamps should be switched on, especially when additional lighting is not recommended. Working with a deep depth of field will help the possibility of enlarging the focus point - autofocus will work faster and more efficiently, without the risk of overshoot of the selected focal plane. When it gets darker, there are problems, but there is nothing to fear. I like to complain, and good can always (and should) be better ;)
Working with flash is not a problem if you do not mind synchronisation time - 1 / 125s. I had no major problems with this, but I hope to improve on this issue. Profoto showed the Air Remote TTL controller for Olympus, so I hope that just around the corner waiting for the version dedicated to Fujifilm :)
Tethering itself only makes sense recently thanks to X Acquire. Working with Lightroom and the strongly overvalued plugin is fun for masochists.
I found out about it on my own - the camera regularly hung up, the battery removal has only helped, wake up without losing connection with Lightroom is a lottery, and after a while, I could on the computer case successfully fry scrambled eggs.
There is still X Acquire, which works well. It happened, however, several times, that the camera refused to obey, but cannot be compared to what happened when interacting with the Lightroom.
Currently, the quality standard for the RAW files is Capture One Pro (C1) from Phase One. A program that allows you to get out of the digital negative all the best and has brilliantly solved tools for working with colour. Unfortunately, Phase One is also the biggest player in the medium format market. It's unclear whether Phase One will enabling C1 support for GFX. Nevertheless, hope dies last. Still hoping to change the way of communication from Phase One - until recently asked about the possibility of supporting GFX, the answer was only one - definitely not. Recently, however, strong denial has replaced diplomatic "we will not talk about what we are working on." :)
A good alternative is Iridient Developer - a sufficiently advanced program which very quickly provided support for GFX. Of course, it is a much better choice than Lightroom but to C1 is still a long way.
You can also test ON1 Photo RAW, which in the latest version suppport GFX. As the product is fairly new, has many flaws and stability issues, but it is best to verify by yourself.
So there is another option that allows you to work in C1, and the way to do this, there are two. The most popular solution is to convert raw to DNG with Adobe DNG Converter, then rename the camera name in exif on IQ250. Lossless DNG can be imported to C1 and enjoy all the benefits of a great tool and brilliant material.
I recently found a slightly shorter way than a DNG converter, not connected with Adobe. The Iridient X-Transformer allows lossless raw conversion to DNG while erasing data from the exif, allowing for the immediate export to C1.