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Informations about qualities of Fujica 645 Professional

Angelo Provera , Feb 23, 1998; 08:21 a.m.

I would like to have ainformations about Fujica 645 Professional. Quality of the lens (75/3.4) particular problems.. etc



James Bullard , Feb 23, 1998; 07:42 p.m.

I have a Fuji GS 645 Professional (the folding model). The lens is very sharp and has good contrast. It is my favorite camera for backpacking. I have never done lens tests for rectilinear accuracy as it isn't important to landscape work. There are some photos on my web site <http://www.northnet.org/jimbullard> which were taken with this camera.

Rune Braaten , Feb 24, 1998; 05:14 a.m.

I owned a Fuji GS 645 some years ago, and the lens was incredibly sharp. But there were quite a number of mechanical problems - I had to service the camera approx. once a year. The construction of the shutter is the "open" type, which causes some critical parts of the system to be exposed to dirt etc. This is a well known problem with ALL Fuji Rangefinders. Additionally, the metering system went down two times (and I don't mean battery problems, I mean serious trouble...).

Have you checked out older messages on Fuji Rangefinders on the board?

If you can afford it, do consider the Mamiya 6MF - it is known to be of a mechanically better construction than the Fujis. The lenses are quite good as well. Second-hand, they are quite cheap. If you opt for the newer Mamiya 7MF, it's quite expensive, but well worth it.

If I were to choose today and just HAD to have a very compact rangefinder medium format camera, I might have opted for one of the wide-angle Fuji Rangefinders. Mechanically, they are better designed than the bellows version. Just bear in mind that the lenses are of high contrast, so if you use Fuji Velvia or another film with great "punch", it might be a little over the top.

Of course, it could have been that I were unfortunate enough to just stumble over one of those infamous "monday production items"... The camera was really pocketable, and fun to use. But bear in mind: If you want to use filters it is a little bit of a hassle, as you have to open the camera, put on the lens hood, screw on the filter, and then you can finally take the picture. Not very speedy, as should be one of the virtues of such a camera.

One last thing: If you want a VERY quiet camera, then switch your attention to Mamiya Twin Lens Reflexes. I have a Mamiya C-220 and it is extremely quiet. The Fujis are much, much quieter than the single lens reflex cameras in medium format, but yes - you can most definetely hear the shutter being fired (i.e. not the best camera for candids).

Hope this will be of some help to you.


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