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10-22-2018, 06:01 PM - 1 Like   #31
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FujiFilm GFX shadow gradation sucks

Please spend some time looking at image samples online -- I think you will come to notice a serious flaw in FujiFilm's rendering of dark shadow tones, in which there is a flatness and lack of gradation in deep shadows that doesn't show up in Pentax 645D/Z deep shadows. Whether OOC JPEG or RAW, this appears to be ubiquitous, and it might be "pre-cooked" into the Raw captures. Download and open some images and select only dark tones, observe the histogram for that selection, and you'll notice a spike which indicates a narrow band of tones. In quite a few GFX50 landscape photos I've seen, shadows of tree trunks look blackened like they've been partially burned in a fire. Dark hair looks too dark. It appears to be something that can't be remedied with shadow recovery because adequate gradation is simply not there and flat dark tones merely get lightened but remain flat without much detail. 645D images in particular look more like prints from properly exposed negative film, with good shadow gradation. Also notice this difference in the DPReview studio test images, particularly in the dark hair of the portrait shots.


(My monitor is profiled with a colorimeter device, and all the shadow patches of test images are distinguishable.)

10-25-2018, 12:49 AM   #32
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Sorry for bringing the 'future of Pentax is mirrorless' speculation to yet another thread, but the latest interview with Ricoh made by PF seems to imply that they do not rule out the possibility of going mirrorless with their medium format (not to mention they said 'at this point no new 645 lenses are planned').

However, if Ricoh Imaging wants to introduce new medium format camera, there are lots of reasons why it's a good moment to go mirrorless with it. Besides the usual weight/size/evf etc. advantages that people elaborate in other threads, the important thing worth mentioning is the possibility to form a cooperation with another manufacturer of photo gear.

While SLRs are certainly nice and aren't going anywhere anytime soon, the mirrorless hype is real, and it has been already defined as the future of camera technology. Whether the hype deserves the merit, is another issue, but what's important is 'going mirrorless' is easily advertisable, compared to old SLR tech. Mirrorless MF is still a novelty, and this factor might be attractive when seeking an 'alliance' with another manufacturer.

Why such alliance is important? Because Ricoh Imaging is very small, and developing three ILC systems (APS-C, FF, and MF) simultanously at a reasonable rate is beyond their capacity.

Speaking about potential partners, Tamron and Tokina come to mind. Tamron has rather bad history with medium format (R.I.P. Bronica) but they have much bigger production capacity than Tokina.
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