Monday, January 11, 2016

Fuji GW690II - Monster Rangefinder Medium Format Camera

Over the holidays, this camera popped up at KEH ( at an unbelievably low price.
Fuji GW690 II
A Fuji GW690II, this big beast shoots 6x9 negatives on 120 medium format film. The camera is in KEH's "BGN" (bargain) condition, which as usual means that it's fully functional. This particular camera has a few bumps and scratches, but the shutter counter has a low number, and the lens glass is just plain perfect.
I've long been a fan of Fuji's optics, and enjoy their medium format rangefinder cameras. I used to have the earlier version BL690, which had interchangeable lenses. The GW690II has a fixed 90mm f3.5 lens, and it's a beauty.
This is a big, heavy camera. In my opinion, it's best on a tripod.
Here's a shot from my first roll shot in the camera, on Kodak Portra 400.
The detail in this image is incredible. I've made an 8x12 working print. Next stop, 12x18!