Fujifilm’s X Summit Reveals a 400-Megapixel Pixel-Shift Mode for GFX 100 Cameras and XF 50mm f/1.0

During Fuji’s 2020 X Summit in London earlier this week, Fujifilm announced it’s working on adding a 400 Megapixel “pixel-shift” mode for its GFX 100 medium format mirrorless camera system, and showed off the “world’s fastest lens with AF.”

The impending feature was teased as Fujifilm engineers talked about adding new functionality to its GFX 100. According to the engineers, the ultra-resolution mode would use ‘sub-μm order control’ pixel pitch to create 400MP stills from the 100MP sensor inside its GFX100. Specifically, the engineers noted the new technology would be able to control pixel shift with 10x more precision than is currently available using the in-body image stabilization.

In addition to the 400MP mode, Fuji also gave us an update on the much-anticipated XF 50mm f/1.0.
This lens was originally supposed to be a 33mm f/1.0, but the first design mockups revealed that it would simply be too big. Still, even at 50mm, this will be the so-called “the world’s fastest lens with AF,” and today we got our first peek at the design.

It is still a big lens when mounted on an X-T3 and comes with a 77mm filter thread and carries a ‘WR’ label for weather resistance, but manages to weigh in under a kilo. Judging from the aperture ring, the lens is capable of a minimum aperture of F16.

Next up is the GF 30mm F3.5 for the company’s medium-format GFX system. This lens has a roughly 24mm equivalent field of view, a common moderate-wide focal length that’s handy for everything from architecture to reportage as well as video shooting. With a relatively small 58mm filter thread, we expect it to handle well on all GFX bodies thus far released, and like all GFX lenses, it also comes with a ‘WR’ label for weather resistance. The 30mm F3.5 will stop down as far as F32.

Lastly, we have the GF 80mm F1.7. While more substantial-looking than the 30mm, it doesn’t look out of place on the GFX 100. Its F1.7 aperture makes it the fastest lens yet for the GFX system, and it offers an equivalent focal length of 63mm. It comes with a minimum aperture of F22, has a 77mm filter thread, and of course, a ‘WR’ rating for weather-resistance.

More info on Fujifilm’s website.

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