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ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE FUJIFILM GFX100 II: a giant leap forwards for the GFX System Professional still-life photographer David Lineton tells us how Fujifilm’s newest 100-megapixel medium format camera delivers the exceptional results that his commercial clients expect

While capture speed and battery life are less of an issue for Lineton, as he typically works in a controlled environment, he adds: “My clients are always amazed by the quality and detail the GFX System offers. While I always shoot tethered so my clients can see my workflow, the camera’s EVF is my way to ‘sculpt’ my compositions, thanks its super- high resolution. The camera also has a lovely ergonomic feel, which on this latest generation feels even more defined.” Back to life, back to reality A clever feature of the GFX100 II, and particularly useful for those working in still-life photography, is a four-image Pixel Shift Multi- GFX100 II SPECS ›  Sensor 102-megapixel GFX CMOS II HS › Lens mount Fujifilm G Mount › Engine X-Processor 5 ›  ISO Auto, Stills: 80-12,800 (expandable to 40-102,400) ›  Image stabilisation In-body sensor shift with eight-stop improvement ›  Screen 3.2in three-angle tilting touchscreen, 2.36m dots ›  Shutter speed 60 mins to 1/32,000sec ›  Autofocus Intelligent hybrid AF, phase and contrast detection with 425 points ›  Frame rates Up to 8.7fps (electronic shutter), 8fps (mechanical shutter) ›  Recording media SD/SDHC/ SDXC, CFexpress type B ›  Dimensions (wxhxd) 152.4x117.4x98.6mm ›  Weight 948g with battery and memory card

SINCE THE LAUNCH of its GFX System back in 2016, Fujifilm has been all about bringing medium format photography to those who might not have previously considered or been able to afford it. Its latest iteration is the FUJIFILM GFX100 II, a direct upgrade to 2019’s GFX100 – which at the time was a generational step change of its own, thanks to its generous 100-megapixel resolution. On sale now, the second- generation GFX100 II keeps that same high resolution while introducing a brand-new back- side illuminated sensor built on the X-Processor 5 platform. The battery grip incorporated with the previous model is now an optional extra, while its eye-level viewfinder boasts an improved 9.44 million dot resolution. Autofocus has been drastically improved, with AF performance now similar to the X-H2, X-H2S, X-T5 and X-S20. There’s also been a 30% increase in dynamic range, and the GFX100 has a new base setting of ISO 80. Fujifilm’s built-in Film Simulation effects are one of its unique features, and newly added to its arsenal here is Reala Ace – known to most photographers in the west as Fujifilm Reala. It’s described as having a very similar look to Provia film, albeit slightly less saturated. Given the above, it’s no wonder the GFX100 II is already proving a godsend for pro photographer David Lineton, who shoots still-life photography for a host of big-name brands, and regularly sees his shots reproduced at billboard size. With a reputation built on quality and detail, even in the six weeks he’s had the new model, Lineton has noticed the upgrade. “Everything about this camera feels more advanced. The EVF is so rich and sharp. I’ve loved Fujifilm Reala, which really boosts the contrast. The Film Simulations are a great way to create a different aesthetic.” Thanks to the GFX100 II’s new high-speed sensor, maximum shooting speed is 8fps, and AI face and subject detection is quicker and more reliable than before. For those shooting handheld, in-body image stabilisation has likewise been improved to an eight-stop equivalent. Battery life, meanwhile, is good for 540 frames or 90 minutes of continuous video recording.

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