Here are some photos of the random combos I’ve put together with the GFX and F mount lenses. The first is a Tokina 500mm f/8 lens. (Thanks Robbie for gifting me this lens a few years ago) It turns into a 400mm and it’s not that bad if you avoid bright highlights in the background. The photos I shot with this combo at Dragoncon and Dragon boat just had too much doughnut shaped bokeh. One of these days I will find the right situation where that look is the right call. Thus far though, it’s just too distracting for my taste. But every lens has a purpose and strength in different situations. For this one, it’s a “free” macro lens that’s great for walks around the vegetable garden.
(The photos of the setup were shot with an X100, which if you really edit/grade to get rid of the default boring out of camera look, it produces results recalling FF. Still can’t believe it took me 10+ years of owning the OG X100 to crack the code on its raw editing) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I don’t have too many photos with this next combo (GFX + 85mm 1.4D) yet to see if it would be a viable option in my bag. Again, I’ve always thought the Nikon 85mm works best adapted on the Canon platform. Something about the low contrast and flaring glass works well with the out of camera Canon look. Also, the “67mm 1.2” focal length look is one I don’t have too much experience with. Basically it’s like the “long” end of a 24-70mm, which depending on your perspective, might be the no man’s land type of framing window for portraits. The photos below were shot very loose though and cropped in post. So the look is still viable due to the high megapixel count of the GFX. I’ve always tried to shoot without cropping since the beginning, but in a future post I’ll talk about the reframing ability in post of many of these modern cameras.
I’ve mostly been practicing with the GFX and its “default weapon” the vintage Nikon 50mm 1.8 Ai-S. Still crazy how that lens covers the sensor at all apertures and focus distances. Having a larger format allows one to shoot at f/8 or smaller and still have a nice fall off look. On FF and APS-C anything that small, especially on a kit lens, can make photos look too ordinary.