I’ve only talked in passing about using the chunky Fuji GFX 50R handheld. Most of the GFX photos so far have been made on a tripod at f16 to get everything in tack-sharp focus. But, I have moved it off the tripod on occasion. Can the GFX 50R with the 50mm f3.5 lens be a street photography camera? Yes, though, I’ll need more hands-on time to explore its limits.
Photography in lower light is one such limit. However, even though the f3.5 lens is not particularly bright, the GFX, with its large sensor, does have outstanding high ISO capabilities. I made this image at ISO 3200 at 1/80th of a second. More than adequate for hand-holding, and the image quality is outstanding. Even when viewed at 100%, the noise is barely visible. And, that’s after lifting the shadows.
I’ve posted pictures from this 6th Street arcade a number of times (here and here). The GFX 50R handled the scene well, and its high dynamic range capabilities are outstanding. Notice how all the details are retained on the TV and video game monitors. The colors, too, are super punchy without much coaxing. I could have easily brightened this further without effort but decided to retain the shadows for a more true to life representation.
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