2018 is a truly exciting year for photographers with a great new lineup of full-frame cameras and an ongoing trend towards -dare I say it- almost affordable medium formats. Even the APS-C sensor lineup is looking stellar and competitively priced, although we cover this in another review.
With that said, let’s dive right into into the good stuff and check out our top 10 list of camera picks for this year!
Following on the heels of the Pentax 645Z, Fujifilm has introduced a gorgeous piece of 51-megapixel full-frame brilliance. The GFX 50S is Fujifilm's first ever digital medium-format offering. This camera currently represents one of just two mirrorless medium format cameras available, the other being Hasselblad's X1D. Medium format is somewhat of a big leap for Fujifilm, as they've previously only produced APS-C sensor cameras, even for their pro-level x-series lineup. Conversely, it's a return to something Fuji has done very well before with their film cameras. Fujifilm is among the most capable camera manufacturers to date to offer up a production system medium-format digital camera and it shows. Their inclusion of dedicated ISO sensitivity and shutter speed dials along with a much celebrated focusing joystick, Fuji's much loved firmware, and a familiar layout adapted from Fuji's x-series cameras, underpins Fuji's commitment and seriousness entering into the medium format realm. The GFX also seems to find a happy middle ground between the seemingly indestructible Pentax 645Z, that was clearly meant to be taken almost anywhere and withstand virtually anything, and the luxury of Hasselblad's X1D, which seems to look and feel more like a camera that was designed for events and studio work. The continuous autofocus on the GFX is relatively slow and tends to be in-and-out in virtually all lighting scenarios. On the other hand, single focus feels far more accurate and functional, particularly in daylight. Native lens availability for this camera is currently somewhat sparse as it uses Fujifilm's new GF-mount, for which the manufacturer currently offers a 6 lense lineup, the GF 23mm f/4 R LM WR, GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR, GF 63mm f/2.8 R WR, GF 110mm f/2 R LM WR, GF 120mm f/4 Macro R LM OIS WR, and GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR. Of course, there are already plenty of camera accessory manufacturers that have started producing GF-mount adapters to support various other lens mount formats on the GFX. While much more affordable full-frame sensor cameras like Nikon's D850 and Sony's A7riii offer some serious competition to the GFX, this is definitely one of the most cost-effective ways to add some serious prestige to your specialty-camera arsenal and a great way to enter into medium-format photography. It's also arguably the best choice for photographers who want extremely high resolution photos. Of all of the cameras that we've reviewed, this one is the most impressive we've ever seen image quality wise. You can see for yourself how it stacks up against the competition using the Comparometer on Imaging Resource.
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