One of the highlights of the Precision Camera South Grand Opening was the opportunity to shoot models. They had two separate stations set up with lights and backgrounds. I jumped at the chance to test my new Fujifilm GFX 50R. Portraits, along with landscapes, are the two main reasons I bought this medium-format digital camera.
The lens I had, the Fuji GF63mm f2.8, is equivalent to a 50mm f2.2 as a full frame equivalent. Not necessarily the textbook perfect portrait lens, but it works. In fact, I use a 50mm equivalent for most of my Drink and Click portraits.
Later in the afternoon, I manage to corral both Anna and Talee together for a portrait. I’m no portrait expert, but I wasn’t particularly fond of the shiny background and the lighting setup. However, I’m not complaining. Any opportunity to test my camera was fine by me.
Here’s Anna, who I shot first. The depth of field is shallow enough that I had to be extra careful to nail focus on the eye. A slight shift and I end up focusing on her eyelashes. The GFX 50R’s focusing system is adequate for these purposes but not stellar. It does have eye detection, but at these close distances, I prefer to use a single focus point and move the focus point to the eye.
I’ve talked a few times about printing pictures on the spot to the portable Fujifilm Instax Printer. It works from most modern Fuji cameras. I’ve used it successfully from the Fuji XQ1 point and shoot and the Fuji X-T10. It also works from the GFX 50R, though it seems like overkill printing a 51MP file to a small credit card size print.
But, I did it and gave a copy to Talee. I then made another portrait of her once the print developed. I really love sharing prints with my subjects. I know its a small gesture, but it feels good to share.
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