Fujifilm UK very kindly set the wheels in motion for me and a couple of days before departing for Kenya, a GFX50s, GF250mm f/4 and dedicated 1.4x teleconverter arrived at my door. I have to say, HireACamera who facilitated the loan with Fujifilm were extremely efficient in every way and I would have no hesitation in using them and recommending their loan services.
This blog post isn’t a full technical review of the GFX50s and 250mm f/4. It’s more about my experiences of using the system and of course, some photographs too. So, what did I really like about this combination?
Ultimately the overall image quality is superb. The detail and sharpness it maintains even at the widest f/4 aperture is incredible, also at f/5.6 with the 1.4x teleconverter attached. It’s not as heavy as I expected either, weighing a little less than the Nikon D800 and 70-200 f/2.8 I used to often use in similar situations to when I opted to use the GFX50s.
As I am used to the menu system, ergonomics and handling of the Fujifilm X-H1 and the 100-400mm, I found the overall feel of the GFX50s and GF250mm f/4 to be familiar and second nature in use. As we would expect, the build quality is excellent. They feel solid and durable, just like my other Fujifilm cameras and lenses. Camera controls feel very tactile with re-assuring feedback when making adjustments to the ISO, shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation. Central locking buttons are useful to prevent accidentally changing the ISO and mode/shutter speed dial.