Medium-Format Masterpieces

October 13, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

The Fujifilm GFX 50S.

Fujifilm GFX 50S
Editor's Choice

The GFX 50S uses a 50-megapixel sensor of Fuji’s own design. It delivers 14 stops of dynamic range and 14-bit RAW files. The camera has a native ISO of 100 to 12,800 with extension settings pushing the range from 50 to 102,400. There are 425 AF points available in AF-S mode and 117 in one of the zone modes. The camera supports continuous autofocusing and also offers face and eye detection. You’ll find Fuji’s film simulations, built-in Wi-Fi and two SD card slots.
Price: $6,500

Fuji GF23mm F4 R LM WR

Fuji is growing its portfolio of lenses for its medium-format camera system. One of the newer primes is the GF23mm F4 R LM WR (equivalent to 18mm in 35mm format). Like other lenses in the line, the 23mm is built to resolve over 100 megapixels. It’s weather-sealed and uses a linear motor to drive autofocusing. The GF23mm stops down to f/32 and offers nine aperture blades. It can focus on objects as close as 38cm.
Price: $2,600

Phase One IQ3 100MP Achromatic

Do you love black-and-white photography? Like, really love it? Phase One’s newest medium-format back, the IQ3 100MP Achromatic, uses a new 101-megapixel CMOS sensor design (53.4 x 40.1) without a Bayer color filter so it captures images exclusively in black and white. It also delivers the highest sensitivity of any Phase back to date at ISO 51,200. There’s no Infrared cut-off filter, enabling the new back to capture light outside the visible spectrum for IR photography. It’s also capable of capturing 15 stops of dynamic range.
The IQ3 Achromatic back is compatible with the XF camera system.
Price: $49,999

Hasselblad XCD 120mm Macro

Hasselblad is making good on its pledge to build out its family of native XCD lenses for its mirrorless X1D medium-format camera. One of the newest to the fold is the XCD 120mm Macro lens. It offers an aperture range of f/3.5-32 and a magnification of 1:2. It has a minimum object distance of 0.43m. Like the other lenses for the X1D, the XCD 120mm Macro lens has an integral central shutter offering a full flash synchronization up to 1/2000 sec.
Price: $4,495