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Fujifilm’s GFX 50R is the biggest and baddest street camera yet

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Carlo Prine
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I just had my first hands-on experience with Fujifilm’s new mirrorless medium format camera, the GFX 50R, which has the innards of a large studio camera but is styled to look like a small, portable shooter.

My first impression is that it’s both.

By the enlarged standards of medium format cameras, the 50R can be described as slim and compact — it’s a full inch thinner than its GFX 50S sibling — and yet it’s still in a distinct and separate category from the cameras that typically adopt the rangefinder styling, such as Fujifilm’s own X-E3 or X-Pro2.

Fujifilm says it designed the 50R for more mobile purposes, meaning street, wedding, and documentary photography — and even though it’s still a large camera, the 50R might be up to those jobs.

And yet — this is the constant contradiction about the 50R — it feels lighter than its size would suggest.

So I suppose photos do justice to its weight more than its bulk.

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