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Fujifilm GFX 50s Mamiya Shift 50mm vs. Keystone vs. Panoramic Head

In this article I compare three solutions to create a perspective controlled architectural photography.

  1. 3 by 2 stitched and keystone corrected image using a panoramic head and the GF 32-64 @63mm
  2. vertical shifted image using an old Mamiya 645 Sekor C 50mm shift lens
  3. single keystone corrected image using the GF 32-64 @44mm

All RAF files were imported to Lightroom and exported directly as DNG files. Alternatively you can use Adobe DNG Converter or Irident X-Transformer for the conversion.

RAW development were done in Capture One Pro 9.3. As long as Phase One is not willing to support the RAF files natively, the DNG conversion is the only way to get Capture One to work with the GFX RAW files. I have not update to version 10 of C1 yet, because with the latest version you have to fiddle the EXIF meta data. Phase One actively blocked this camera model in the latest version to protect their camera business.

Another problem with Capture One is that the DNG files do not have the correct color profile, resulting dark and dull images. To solve this I have used the GFX 50s ICC profile from Ken Dun Photography’s website. Additional adjustments were done on the final images: increased saturation, recovered highlights and shadows, added a bit of clarity. Using Capture One’s automatic buttons gives a good starting point for these adjustments.

Panoramic Head and GF 32-64 @63mm

These six images were exported to 16bit TIFF files and loaded in a new PTGui Pro document. Clicking „Align Images“ let PTGui to analyse the images to search for matching control points for sticking the images together and displays a preview of the panorama. In the „Panorama Editor“ I have corrected the perspective and cropped the image. Clicking „Create panorama“ let you specify the file type and settings. The setting were 16bit TIFF file, with packed bits compression and no alpha channel. C1 can’t handle TIFF files containing an alpha channel.

Stitching 6 image in of PTGui Pro

The resulting image has a resolution of 11094 x 8501 pixel (94MP). This image were cropped in C1 to the desired size and some little more adjustment were done.

3 by 2 stitched and keystone corrected image using a panoramic head and the GF 32-64 @63mm

Pros

  • High resolution result
  • Very good Image quality
  • Big field of view
  • Works with all kind of lenses (primes and zooms)

Cons

  • Additional gear needed
  • Time consuming process
  • Keystone correction downgrades possible image quality
  • Tripod recommended

Mamiya Sekor Shift C 50mm lens

Using a shift lens is the classic way for architectural photography solving the problem of perspective correction. The problem with the new Fujifilm GFX 50s is, that there is no native shift lens yet.

I’ve got the Mamiya Sektor C 50mm shift lens from eBay for 550 Euro. With the Fotodiox Pro M645-GFX adapter this lens fits on the GFX 50s.

Mamiya 645 Sekor C 50mm shift lens

Mamiya 645 Sekor C 50mm/f4.0 @ f11 shift lens 10mm vertical shifted

Pros

  • State of the art perspective control
  • Less time consuming process compared to panoramic head solution

Cons

  • Poor image quality
  • Tripod recommended

Keystone corrected single image @44mm

Single shot keystone corrected image GF 32-64@44mm, ISO 100, 1/30, f13

Pros

  • Shooting handheld possible
  • Most less time consuming process 

Cons

  • Keystone correction downgrades image quality

Image Quality

The following gallery shows 100% crops from the upper right corner of the building:

The image quality of the pano is the best one followed by the single shot at @44mm. The IQ of the Mamiya lens is worse and not acceptable for a modern medium format camera.

Conclusion

In the end I prefer the solution using a panoramic head. The image quality is the best of all. I can shoot exteriors with my preferred focal length of 63mm (50mm full frame equivalent) wich gives the most natural field of view. It’s the most time consuming process, but it’s worth the result.

The simple one shot and keystone corrected result is also acceptable. This solution is simple and the most less time consuming way. You can avoid problems with ghosting and shooting handheld is possible.

The Mamiya shift lens is only acceptable for low resolution images. The IQ especially in the corners is really bad. Maybe I’ll give an Contax 645 Zeiss 35mm lens in conjunction with a shift adapter a try, but this will be a quite expensive way. 1.000 Euro for a used lens from eBay and additional 450 Euro for a Mirex adapter is not a cheap experiment.

Based on the panorama created from six images, I have used this source for retouching. It was done completely in Affinity Photo. I prefer this software over Photoshop, because it’s more easy to use and the recovery brush works very well in most situations. I was able to remove the street light on the left side just by masking it out.

3×2 Panorama GF 32-64 @64mm retouched

Kampagne für Udelhofen Immobilien Bonn

Ende Januar 2014 fand für Udelhofen Immobilien Bonn ein Foto-Shooting für eine Business Kampagne statt.

Anlass war der Bezug der neuen Geschäftsräume in Sankt Augustin durch die Tomescheit GmbH und die am 13. März 2014 stattfindende Neueröffnung der Schokowelt Sankt Augustin.

Business Kampagne für Udelhofen Immobilien Bonn

Business Kampagne für Udelhofen Immobilien Bonn

Die Schokowelt Tomescheit GmbH bietet auf ca. 300 m² Verkaufsfläche köstliche Schokoladenspitzenprodukte weltweit bekannter, namhafter Hersteller an, die das Herz des Schokoladenliebhabers höher schlagen lassen. Wer große Mengen günstig einkaufen möchte ist hier ebenso willkommen, wie derjenige, der hervorragende Qualität zum günstigen Preis erwerben mag. Im umfangreichen Sortiment befinden sich ebenso Textilien wie Handtaschen, Mützen und Jacken der Firma Milka und vieles mehr.

Schaufensterwerbung Udelhofen Immobilien und Sushi Circle Bonn

Für Udelhofen Immobilien Bonn fand am 11. Oktober 2013 im Restaurant Sushi Circle in Frankfurt am Main eine Fotosession mit Günter Udelhofen und Christian Kutschera statt.

Sushi Circle

Dieses Foto dient während der Umbauarbeiten als Schaufensterwerbung für die neue Filiale des Unternehmens Sushi Circle in der Friedrichstraße 26 in Bonn.