Is This the Best Landscape Photography Camera Money Can Buy?

Fujifilm's GFX line of medium format mirrorless cameras rewrote medium format's role in the industry, taking it from a niche tool used by a few studios and rental houses and making it a viable alternative to full frame bodies, particularly for landscape, wedding, and portrait photographers. If you are curious about the camera for landscape work, check out this great video review that discusses the performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice. 

Coming to you from Andy Mumford, this excellent video review takes a look at the Fujifilm GFX 100S medium format mirrorless camera for landscape photography. The GFX 100S is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing cameras available at the moment. The original model, the GFX 100, offered a 102-megapixel medium format sensor in tandem with advanced features and capabilities normally only found in cameras with smaller sensors. What makes the GFX 100S all the more intriguing is that it keeps all the features of the GFX 100 except for the built-in grip and cuts the price almost in half, bringing it in line with the upper levels of full frame cameras. Couple that with excellent dynamic range and color rendition, and it is quite the great option for landscape photographers. Check out the video above for Mumford's full thoughts. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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I have the GFX 100S and it's a camera that I really enjoy using (other than the blackout, which drives me nuts). But, it has its place, and I don't see giving up my Nikon Z7 totally.

No, it is not the "Best Landscape Photography Camera Money Can Buy". While absolute image quality might be superior on the GFX format, it is still hobbled by lens selection. Sony, Canon, Nikon and even Panasonic L-mount all offer a broader selection of lenses. A camera on its own is useless. You need a camera system with appropriate lenses to capture good images. Even if GFX offers the exact lenses you want for landscape work any advantage is limited. Medium format shows advantage in portrait background separation by allowing you to get closer to the subject with "longer" focal lengths which don't distort facial features as much. Shooting f/8 at infinity there's no point in using one format over another. You could argue that larger formats are disadvantageous as you need to stop down further to get deep depth of field which can lead to loss of quality due to diffraction.

you can also argue that focus stacking completely solves the matter of depth of field.

I have the 23mm lens for my GFX 100S (18mm equivalent in FF) and while that doesn't seem wide enough when I compare it to the Z 14-24mm, the GFX has quite different aspect ratio from full frame. I used 4x5 for decades and it's the closest I've found to that, without having to resort to post cropping.