Rangefinder and SLR type cameras
It has been a long time coming, but I have finally managed to put together the final section of the buyers guide for medium format cameras. So lets see what your options are…
There are not many digital cameras that I would buy, but this camera has caught my eye
It could be said that this site has a bias towards film cameras, but that is not entirely true. I just don’t often find digital cameras that I like. Until now….
Now I am not really sure about this camera. I posted the promo video for it a few months back, which generated some interest, but since then there has not been a lot going on. But now we are getting the adverts on the tv in Japan and the big stores have got shelves full of them. So in light of this I thought it would be prudent to show a review of the camera. Now seeing as I am a fan of Kai and the guys at DigitalRev I thought the best review to share with you would be theirs.
Although is is expensive and it lacks certain key features, it is still an interesting little camera that is clearly going to be very popular with people who love the retro styling and the rangefinder look. Honestly, if it wasn’t so bloody expensive I would probably pick one up myself.
Still, I am going to give it a go, so I might get one anyway. If you want to get one from Japan, drop me a line. The stocks are abundant and the Japanese versions often come with extras.
A hulk of a camera, born from neccessity
Check this out…A whopper of a camera. I picked this up this week for a customer, whom I think is going to be very very happy with it. Although I don’t think the postman will be when he throws his back out delivering the damn thing.
This is the legendary Fujica GL690 Professional, a camera that was developed by Fuji in the late sixties to meet the needs of photographers who wanted the ease of use of a 35mm rangefinder style camera, with the quality and stability of a medium format film base.
At the time, Japanese commercial photographers were taking a lot of group shots (still a popular line of work in Japan), they needed a camera that was tough, easy to use, gave great quality images and didn’t cost the earth….which is where the Fujica series of rangefinders came in.
The GL690 Pro came as an evolution from earlier G690 models, being released in early 1974. The camera was given an additional release butter for vertical shots, a larger 0.92 viewfinder and the capacity to use 120 roll films instead of sheet film. There were other significant upgrades, including rubberized grips on the lenses, larger viewfinder and strengthened lugs to carry the camera (though who would want to is beyond me).
This monster weighs in at 1745g without the bloody lens! And this particular one comes with two lenses, so I am not looking forward to going to the post office.
This camera was found as part of my equipment sourcing service. You name the camera you want and I shall find it for you (within limits, some things cannot be bought for love nor money). If you need anything, contact me and I can make your camera dreams come true.
I managed to find a promotional video for the x10, though I would have hoped that Japan would have produced another one of the frankly disturbing video’s, like the did for the x100.
This camera is certainly going to be popular, just as long as Fuji can price it correctly. It really doesn’t matter about performance for a lot of people, just as long as it looks good and takes nice pictures, and that is the market this camera is aimed at. So us purists can whinge and gripe as much as we like, but we are not the core market for Fuji, and have not been for a very long time.