I simply feel this is the most under rated under valued Medium format camera on the market. I LOVE this camera, what is there not to like ...
The Fujifilm GA645 Professional is an autofocus medium format camera introduced by Fuji circa 1995. It uses 120 / 220 roll film and captures images in a 645 format. It is succeeded by the Fujifilm GA645i, released in 1997.
The GA645 uses a Super EBC Fujinon 60mm f/4 lens while the similar GA645W uses a wider 45mm f/5.6 lens. It is based on a 7 element in 6 group lens design with a minimum focusing distance of 0.7m. The shutter is electronically controlled with speeds of 2 sec to 1/700 of a sec. but for the aperture range of f/4 to f/9.5 can only go as fast as 1/400 of a sec. smaller apertures of f/11 and f/22 can use the faster shutter speeds. There is a screw-in shutter release cable socket on the right side of the body. A electronic self-timer is available with a delay of 10 seconds.*
I love the simplicity of using the GA645, point, half press for focus, click picture done. It's form factor is one of the enjoyable aspects of shooting with this camera. Many '645 Medium Format Cameras' are a bit boxy and no where as portable at the Fujifilm offering. Below is a good comparison of size, we have the pocket-able Olympus MJUii, The classic Leica M6 and GA645 herself. I through in a image taken in our sun-room one morning of Hannah... beautiful lens.
I put together a gallery of the first 2 rolls I shot with the camera a few years ago. Nice and sharp ...... most of the time.
Fujifilm did produce a wide & zoom lens version the GA645Wi & GA645Zi respectively. They have remained relatively inexpensive for a medium format camera and you can find them easily on eBay or the like. How long that will continue is to remain seen. For now they really are a great alternative when compared to their heftier Behemoth brothers. I still have one in my camera bag and I think it will be a while before I replace it with anything else for quite some time.
*7/5/2018 - Prices on eBay have skyrocketed. Such a shame. If you are looking for a near mint item expect to pay between $850-$1200
Photographer and West End Collective Member Jeremy Morse has been testing out his new Mamiya 67ii, a single roll of Kodak Portra 160 and away we go. Below are a few 'test' scans from his first roll. Looking great impressive.
mmmmmmmm medium format, for all you pixel peeping prudes just shoot Medium Format Film and be done with it. Case Closed, more to come.
I recently bought a second hand Horizon 202 (in Russian: "горизонт") panoramic camera. Originally I wanted something more reliable such as Noblex or Widelux, but got a chance to get a Horizon 202 for a price you can't even dream of with the latter cameras, and went for it. Although Soviet times are over and it's now "independent" Russia the basic design of this camera is still from the Soviet era and work ethics remain similar in production. I've had horror stories with Soviet cameras (pain-in-the-butt Kiev 60 to be specific) so wasn't particularly comfortable buying it, but since it was experimental field to try for me, I made the choice.
Not being a big fan of small 35mm (135 roll-) film format so it was an odd choice for me, but it's different from a regular 35mm camera - Horizon 202 gives you a long 24 x 58 mm frame, a decent area for some improved tonality. The wide-angle multi-coated 28mm f2.8 lens it houses proved to be state-of-the-art killer-sharp (in the usually poor-quality Soviet lens standard at least!), truly a gem lens - once you stop it down beyond f11 it's literally clinically sharp - I before said my Fujinon Super-EBC lens on the GA645i is sharp - well, Horizon's tiny Russian lens smokes this excellent Japanese lens! The lens acts like large-format lens that is optimized for small apertures, so the payoff is it's rather soft on large apertures, the f2.8 - f5.6 range. I've heard the later Horizon S3Pro camera, that hosts very similar mechanics to 202 model, but has it's lens optimized for also bigger apertures, yet similar payoff seems to be the users say it's not as clinically sharp on small apertures as the 202 model lens. You can't have all, it's a compromised win-lose situation with this particular lens and you need to learn it's weaknesses and strengths like with most lenses.
Turn your Hasselblad V-system camera digital with the world's first medium format digital-back using your iPhone!
HASSELNUTS is the world’s first iPhone mount kit which converts the legendary Hasselblad V-system film cameras into a digital camera with an iPhone.
With HASSELNUTS, those who were unable to afford the digital backs can utilize their Hasselblad cameras at an affordable cost! Plus, we want to revitalize the old Hasselblad cameras you have in the back of your closet...we know you have them. Now professionals and amateur photographers can enjoy the classic camera together!
Essentials is a brand new series where thephoblographer rounds up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what the thephoblographer personally recommend.
Medium Format photography is what many shooters yearn to do. While the digital counterpart is extremely expensive, its film predecessor is probably more affordable than most digital setups overall. An excellent kit can be had fairly cheaply and you’ll be rewarded with images that aren’t totally possible with most digital cameras.
So why make the move to medium format? Besides the obvious benefits of a significantly larger negative area, medium format film blows its 35mm brethren away in terms of not only overall sharpness but also in color depth, tonality, and more. And with the right lighting, it will beat anything that your DSLR might be able to produce.
Ready to take the plunge? Here’s our essential kit for the person ready to step up.