Barney Britton

Fujifilm interview: “We will work hard to keep our uniqueness”

Fujifilm executives (L-R) Shin Udono, Senior Manager, Sales & Marketing Group, Optical Device & Electronic Imaging Products Div., Toshihisa Iida, General Manager, Optical Device & Electronic Imaging Products Div. and Makoto Oishi, Manager, Sales & Marketing Group, Optical Device & Electronic Imaging Products Div. | Photo by Barney Britton

Recently we visited the 2018 CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan and booked interviews with senior executives from several major manufacturers, including Fujifilm. Among the topics covered were the runaway success of the GFX system, how the company is moving into video and, of course, Instax.

The following interview has been edited slightly for clarity and flow.

How well has the GFX 50S performed since it was released?

We’ve shipped more than we expected and planned for. Even more impressive is the lens attachment rate, as we’ve sold so many lenses as well. Overall, GFX sales have exceeded our predictions.

As far as customer feedback, we heard mostly good things concerning the image quality – especially for users that shoot landscapes that need more dynamic range compared to APS-C cameras. Something that we didn’t expect was the number of high-end amateurs buying the GFX system. According to our survey, 80% of users are non-professional, and 20% are professional. That was a surprise.

The Fujifilm GFX 50S comes with a large 43.8×32.9mm imaging sensor and uses the all-new GF lens mount.

Other feedback is that our customers need more lenses in the lineup, especially in the telephoto range. We’ve already put on the roadmap that we are developing a 250mm F4 [198mm equivalent focal length] lens to meet their demand. Many customers also want more speed from the cameras, so we’re continuously doing a lot of work to make our GFX system more responsive.

And another thing is that → continue…

From:: DPreview