Work & Play with GFX

PART 1 : Work with GFX

Its indeed a privilege to shoot and test a pre-production GFX 50s.
But today is special. Today maybe just another day but I get to shoot
with a production GFX for a client. I just wanna see how its like shooting
the Fujifilm new GFX 50s in a real world work condition. I have been
looking forward to this day.

Today, I am shooting Bavarian food at Brez’n and my weapon of choice is
the GF120mm F4 WR. Three Profoto lights is set-up to lit the food. A three
feet octo soft box as the main light. A sliver beauty dish with honeycomb grid
as the side kicker light and the third light with a standard dish to lit the back of
the table top. Lastly a few small mirror acts as a reflector to bounce some
light back.



Tethering on the GFX 50s works really well. I didn’t update anything on
Lightroom. What ever works on my X-T2 set-up works with GFX. As with
most commercial photographer; Capture One is our choice software. For my
workflow I will tether via Lightroom in the background and open the files via
Capture One. This is my only option at this moment as tethering is not available
for Capture One. The delay for this option is about 15-20 second before I could
view my first shot. I can’t complain much at this moment but I certainly hope
Capture One will seriously support the GFX soon. I didn’t shoot in raw but all in
jpeg. Below are three picture sample. They are all SOOC. Even without doing
anything the jpeg pictures already looks so good. I will let the pictures do the
talking. Do tap to view full size at 100%. 8256 x 6192.

Did I mention the GFX is so easy to use that sometime I thought I was using
a X-T2. AF is really quick. I could also tab to focus on the touch screen LCD.
The shoot lasted for almost 8 hours and I have exhausted three batteries. Why
three? All the time, the GFX’s LCD is switch on for the food stylist and client
to view and do any adjustment as require. Actual scrutiny is view on a laptop
via tethering.

Never have I used a digital medium camera that is so easy to handle and use.
The GFX exceeded my expectation and it makes me love my work even more!

Shot with available light. wide open.
Shot with available light. wide open.


PART 2 : Fun with GFX

After sending my daughter to her weekly art class, I have an hour and fifteen
minutes to practice my street photography with the GFX. I was also task
to buy her favorite bubble tea drink. The journey to her favorite bubble tea shop
is a ten minutes walk away from the art school.

On the journey there I had the opportunity to see a group of indian foreign workers
planting plants along the side of the road. What better time to practice some
documentary photography.


Tap this two pictures to view at 8256 x 6192.


When I reach the bubble tea shop there was a long queue and since I still have
slightly less than an hour on hand, I decided to shoot some people shot. Hanging
around and hunting for my model to come along. Thankfully for today’s shoot I
didn’t encounter any rejection. Must be the sexy look of the GFX with GF63mm lens.

With only 30 minutes left I need to plan my queuing time get the bubble tea drink. Saw
cool couple walking toward me and I decided to stop them and make this my last call.
Only to realized they are both using X-cameras! X-T2 and X-Pro2. I have always thinks
X-shooters are a bunch of cool people. This is a good example. Don’t you think so?



Shooting street with the GFX is possible. But if you have always been using a X70 and
X100 series; you will definitely feel the weight difference. But if you are a DSLR user,
life is as per normal. Except your image quality is a class above. So, this is my one hour
and fifteen minutes of fun with the GFX. Thankfully it was the bubble tea that save the
day. I was about two minute late to fetch my daughter. When she saw the bubble tea drink;
all is forgotten.

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