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A First Look at the GFX 100S II

· 29.June.2024

When I got the chance to take an advanced look at the newly released GFX100S II, I didn’t have to think twice. Taking travel portraits is my speciality, so I decided to bring the camera to the north of Vietnam. I packed three of my favourite lenses: my trusty GF20-35mmF4 for environmental portraiture and the occasional landscape, the lightweight, versatile and sharp GF35-70mmF4.5-5.6, and the essential GF110mmF2 for anyone serious about portrait photography on the GFX system.

A little background

I started working with the GFX system about eight years ago, after travelling to Varanasi, India with a prototype of the first GFX 50S. Up until then, the main application for larger-than-full-frame digital cameras was in studios due to their heavy weight, poor if any autofocus and complicated handling.

With my original GFX 50S video, I hoped to show that a 50-megapixel digital medium format camera could also be a valuable tool for the discerning travel photographer. The video convinced at least one person to buy into the GFX system: me! When the GFX 50S became commercially available in early 2017, I broke my piggy bank and got one, along with the versatile GF32-64mmF4 and the razor-sharp GF120mmF4. After testing the 50S in India, I went to Ethiopia with its 50R sibling rangefinder in 2018…

This is an excerpt from an article by Piet Van den Eynde in issue 99 of FUJILOVE MAGAZINE (June 2024). Subscribers, you can find this article by downloading this issue from your subscriber area.

You will find the remaining part of this article in FUJILOVE MAGAZINE.

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