Fujifilm GFX | Field Test | Street Photography

Hello Social World! Here is a video where I talk about the performance of the #fujifilm #GFX #mediumformat #camera for street photography and some images from both the GFX and the XT2. Let me know what you guys think and if it worth the extra $$$.

Thank you to Thanh Vuong and Anh Đức Digital for giving us the chance to test the camera.

Transcript Below:

Hello everyone, this is Jonathan for Enzo Creation and today I will give you my opinion on the Fujifilm GFX50s for street photography and its flash capabilities.

As I told you in my previous video, Kristina and I had the chance to take the GFX for a spin and the first place we thought would be perfect for that was the danang fish market. We woke up at 5AM took our bike and drove there to soon realize that it was almost empty. I don’t really know what happened, if they changed location or if the government has been trying to regulate the public markets because of the upcoming APEC, but the fact is that usually it really doesn’t look that empty and there is a very nice energy to it. Anyways, I still grabbed the camera and went to take some shots.

Ok first let’s talk about the gear I used:

Because of the very crappy sync speed of the GFX limited at 1/125th I needed a flash that allows HSS to be able to use wider apertures. (The other solution would be to use an ND filter but it made me very uncomfortable to add a piece of glass in front of the super high end Fujinon lenses.)

For this particular situation I took along the Nikon version of the Godox AD360 with a tiny soft box to make it easier on my girlfriend and 2 Cactus V6 ii triggers.

The Godox AD360 is a very solid flash, quite compact, easy to use and allows High Speed Sync. It packs a lot of power and If you use it close enough to your subject you can easily over power the sun Which is a great way to add some drama to your shot and preserve the highlights. This flash has been working great on my Nikon system and the TTL function really does an ok job.

When it comes to using the AD360 on the fuji GFX or even the XT2, you will need a dedicated trigger to enable all the flash features such as TTL and HSS. Godox came out with this particular trigger in August this year (check the link in the description) but when I heard about the cactus v6ii advertised as a cross platform trigger which you can mount on any camera brand and use any flash system, I went all in and got 3 of them. I thought “hey great!” No more carrying 3 different triggers and forgetting batteries for the flash systems that we use ( yungnuo, jinbei and godox). In theory it sounds great but sorry to say, these triggers are a big pain in the butt... at least with our strobes…. And I totally recommend to go with the proper trigger each flash manufacturers provide.

Ok now let’s get back to our shoot:

First let’s talk about the dynamic range:

The conditions on that early morning were great to test the dynamic range of this camera and I decided to get some backlight shots to see how much I could recover from the shadows in post so let’s check those images:

As you can see here I’ve applied my own grade for this series of images. Here I’ve got one copy for the final image and one where I’ve reseted the exposure to see how much room we’ve got with the gfx files. As you can see it’s mind blowing!!!! The amount of shadow you can recover with very little noise is just amazing. If I knew before how much I had in those files I would have exposed the scene even more to the right of the histogram to try to get the sun. The other very impressive thing is that usually when you recover this much highlights and shadows with other cameras you got that weird haloing effect around the edges of contrasty areas. Here is an example from an XT2 file I shot in one of our bike trip.

Let’s move on to the flash files:

For these I used the TTL function to see how well it performed and when setup at 0 compensation on the cactus trigger all the shots were blown out so I had to lower it to -1. The mini soft box we used gives a very contrasty look which is a bit too much to my taste but at least it was easy to carry around and it was mainly for testing purposes anyway.

Now let’s talk about details and sharpness :

Well, actually let’s not talk about it and just see for yourself…… this is zoomed in at 300%!!!!! For all of us photographers who mainly care about image quality and other retouchers it’s a dream to work with such files. It just looks real. I’m not good enough to describe this type of image quality using fancy words like micro contrasts, 3d effect or whatever the hell make us feel smarter, but the only thing I could say is WOW!!!! Look at that, seriously, it’s insane look at that!

Now let’s move on to the “Not So COOL” things,

So focus wise, I was mainly using the tiniest focus point in single mode. I did try the face and eye tracking but it was all over the place when there was multiple people in the frame so I gave up. I would say that the focus is not as accurate as I hoped it was. Look, for example I missed these shots which I believe are much stronger composition/story wise and I can totally assure you that my focus point was locked to her right eye and for some reason it decided to focus on her hands.

The other big thing with this camera, is that the depth of field transition is so smooth that even when you quickly review your focus at the back of the screen it appears sharp even when it’s not, and that’s definitely something you should be aware of.

Ok so overall it was a really nice experience, the flash worked good even tho I had to struggle a bit with the cactus trigger, and I might even add some of these images to my travel photography portfolio.

Tell me what you guys think and if you need any more details about the gear that I used.

in the next video I’ll talk about the GFX and fashion photography since we had the chance to shoot the famous Vietnamese model CHA MI for the new YALY Collection.

I wish you a wonderful day and I’ll see you guys very soon!