As part of our recently announced review testing parameters change, we decided to hold the Fujifilm GFX 50R to the claims of weather sealing; specifically with rain and dust resistance. Over the past weekend, we walked around Brooklyn in pretty heavy downpours with it that otherwise left our jackets most moist. The results? Not only did the Fujifilm GFX 50R perform very well on its weather sealing test, but it also excelled in a number of other areas too.
Speaking very candidly as a Rangefinder camera lover, this could very well be my favorite camera since the Canon 5D Mk II.
Here’s a video in this Instagram post showing the camera surviving the elements!
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Yup. We’re very convinced that the Fujifilm GFX 50R can withstand the rain. If you’re looking for a medium format camera to go shooting in inclement weather for landscapes, street photography, travel, portraiture, etc. the Fujifilm GFX 50R seems surely durable enough for lots of conditions.
First off, you’re probably going to ask yourself, “Who the hell is going to use this camera in the rain? Ugh!! WTF GAMPAT WHY DON’T YOU DO SOMETHING USEFUL LIKE PHOTOGRAPH CATS!!!” Well, if you’re doing this, I’m going to respectfully disagree. The Fujifilm GFX 50R is designed for photojournalists, wedding photographers, documentary shooters, street photographers, landscape shooters, studio shooters, etc. A recent new trend in street photography has been to go out and shoot in the rain because you get a completely different world that’s painterly, nigh-ethereal, and almost romantic. So in that case, shouldn’t the camera be able to withstand conditions where these photographers may use the camera? I mean, why pixel peep if you’re never going to upload your images in full resolution online? At least this is significantly more practical!
Just take a look at this video we shot!
I digress though! The Fujifilm GFX 50R was not only capable of holding its own against some very heavy rains here in NYC, but it also autofocused on scenes with no fail. I’ve been using it with the 45mm f2.8 GF lens which is equally as weather sealed. To make things even more difficult, I went out shooting during a very dark time of night and then again during the early morning. While the Fujifilm GFX 50R is pretty big, it’s not heavy at all. (The camera and lens combo feels lighter than the Fujifilm X-T3 and the 8-16mm f2.8 R WR LM that we’re testing right now.) With this camera slung around my chest, it feels almost like I’m holding a modern, beefier, digital version of a Fujifilm GW690 III or a Mamiya 6. I own both of those cameras and they’re still my favorite medium format film cameras.
What’s even nicer is the controls. I thought that the dial around the shutter release (which is by default set to ISO control) would turn a bit too easily in the way that it happens sometimes with both Sony and Canon. But I was pleasantly surprised to learn it didn’t at all. The shutter dial stays where it needs to and the aperture ring also holds its own. By far, the Fujifilm GFX 50R is shaping up to be the single best rangefinder style digital camera that I’ve ever used.
Here are some image samples with EXIF data in tact. We’re still working on our review, but stay tuned.