First of the breed: GFX 100 prototypes take shape
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First of the breed: GFX 100 prototypes take shape

Back in early March, I had the opportunity to visit Fujifilm's main Taiwa camera assembly plant in Sendai, Japan. Among other things, the so-called 'X Factory' is where Fujifilm's assembly line staff are currently putting together the company's new 100MP flagship, the medium format GFX.

But when I visited, mass production was still some way off. Instead, a small dedicated production team was creating the very first working prototypes of the GFX 100, ready for beta testers and Fujifilm's engineers to start working with. Prototypes are built largely by hand, and the process is time-consuming, expensive and fascinating. While we were shown every step, Fujifilm is understandably protective over some of the details, but has given us permission to publish a small number of images. Click through for a glimpse behind the curtain, and back in time, as the very first GFX 100 prototypes took shape earlier this year.