Fujifilm GFX 50R Medium Format Versus Sony a7R III Full Frame: An Artistic Comparison

While these two cameras are different in a whole host of ways, they have similar strengths insofar as they're both concerned with high resolution and for pixel peepers, it's an interesting comparison. However, what's more interesting — to me at least — is a real-world, artistic comparison; which produces more pleasing results?

This is a strangely appropriate video for me. I have been shooting with Sony cameras for several years now as my main bodies, but after a trip with Fujifilm for the launch of the GFX 100, where I used a GFX 50R for a lot of the trip pre-launch, I have been wrestling with the justification of a purchase of one. Ideally, I want both in my kit bag as they serve slightly different purposes for me, but there would be a lot of overlap where I would need to decide between the two.

In this video, landscape and cityscape photographer, Serge Ramelli, goes on a little outing with both cameras taking shots from the same vantage points. It isn't a scientific test, nor did I want it to be. Sometimes there's more value in seeing cameras working in the field and then the images edited, than a studio setting with eye charts and creepy dolls, and then examining it by zooming in at 200%. Those sort of tests have their place and can be valuable for putting a camera through its paces and investigating the veracity of the manufacturer's specs!

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Pete Whittaker's picture

Robert K Baggs the video talks about the A7R 3, your title says it's the older A7R 2.

Robert K Baggs's picture

My mistake, thanks, Pete. Fixed it.

Rhonald Rose's picture

It all depends on ones gear addiction, affordability and the special use case :-)

stuartcarver's picture

I’m an APS-C peasant but will still give this a watch.

Les Sucettes's picture

Ramelli, the king of kitsch

Thomas Andlauer's picture

Ahahaha :-D

Jan Holler's picture

How true! Visited his 500px page. Target audience: teen girls who put kitsch on their bedroom walls.

Rayann Elzein's picture

Ah Serge Ramelli, that only guy who ever managed to trick me into purchase a preset pack, and whose website won't let me unsubscribe from his constant spam. I had eventually to block his entire domain to get rid of him flooding my mailbox several times per week... So not going to click there.

Dana Goldstein's picture

Thanks for the warning! I’ve actually never heard of him and have been shooting GFX for 3 years so I’m already sold, but sometimes it’s interesting to hear a point of view. Apparently hearing this guy’s, though, wouldn’t be worth it. I deal with enough spam already. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Danny Boyd's picture

Yes, he does pump out the daily spam no matter if you unsubscribe or not. I do like his videos even though he always boosts shadows and lowers highlight to the max on every photo.

David Pavlich's picture

Another successful photographer people love to hate. I don't like all of his stuff, but some of his processing tutorials gave me some good ideas.