Both are nearly identical, except for the lenses, so this review will look very much like the other one, with the lens differences pointed out when necessary. The Fuji GA was a very modern and expensive camera for the professional photographer or rich amateur back in the mid to late s. The Fuji GA is a medium format camera that is feature rich, including full manual operation, and fully automated controls for quick point and shoot snap shots. Do you like to write down your exposure settings for future use; well, you can keep your pencil in your pocket, the camera records the date and exposure settings along the film margins, not in the picture area! Manufactured by; Fuji Photo Film Co. Made in; Japan.
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Both are nearly identical, except for the lenses, so this review will look very much like the other one, with the lens differences pointed out when necessary. The Fuji GA was a very modern and expensive camera for the professional photographer or rich amateur back in the mid to late s. The Fuji GA is a medium format camera that is feature rich, including full manual operation, and fully automated controls for quick point and shoot snap shots.
Do you like to write down your exposure settings for future use; well, you can keep your pencil in your pocket, the camera records the date and exposure settings along the film margins, not in the picture area! Manufactured by; Fuji Photo Film Co.
Made in; Japan. Date of manufacture; Approximately Build material; appears to be a mixture of metal and plastic. Fit and finish are very good. Box contents; camera, instruction manual, a softcase, neck strap, hood and cap. Weight; my measurements ready to shoot; camera with hood and batteries, Dimensions; my measurements; 6. All dimensions include protrusions. Focal length; 60mm.
Auto focus sets the shooting distances in steps, but uses 14 steps in the viewfinder. See sample images farther down the page. Distortion; none of my images show any discernible distortion. Color fringing; none that I notice. Shutter and speed; super quiet electronic auto exposure inter-lens shutter with buzzer so you know when it trips! Film; standard or roll, with a picture area of 56mm x Flash; built-in pop-up type, guide number of 12 at ISO , not user adjustable in power.
Fill flash only in aperture priority and manual modes. Fuji claims the batteries will last for shots with no flash use. Crippling features and omissions; nothing really bad, the only minor item would be TTF metering, and that means you have to manually compensate when using filters. I also like the pop-up flash, which is rare for a medium format camera.
The newest version GAZi has a lens cap warning beeper. Apparently, according to several internet posts , some sort of factory lubricant used near the up-down dial has crept about, and is causing the problem. There is one with a mm zoom lens also reviewed here called the GAZi. Product shots with descriptions. Click pictures for larger versions. On top we have a hot-shoe in the middle, and LCD panel on the right showing ISO, shutter speed, film type, shot number, aperture, focusing distance, AF or MF, flash ready, battery indicator, and other data.
The large up-down dial wheel is for adjusting settings like aperture, ISO shutter speed etc, oddly, it goes down when turned clock wise, that seems counter-intuitive.
The AF button is for setting either auto focus or manual focus; and last but not least, the large silver button at the top of the grip is for tripping the shutter. On the left we have the battery cover that holds two CRa lithium batteries, with access by coin slot screw.
The small little button to the right bottom is for mid-roll rewind. The two black circles are film loading knobs that you release via a red button inside the camera. Just visible is the gray colored MF button located under the lens. Press and hold while turning the up-down dial sets the focus manually. The back of the camera is relatively uncluttered; the big square in the middle is a film reminder slot, the film box end fits nicely in here.
The viewfinder in on the top left. The next dial is for selecting either ISO, Program mode, aperture priority, and full manual operation. The left gray button is for setting data such as date and imprinting on the film edges. The middle button is for the self timer. The black button is for popping up the flash. The gray lever type catch on the right side opens the rear cover.
On the inside of the back cover we have the film pressure plate, which can be adjusted from to , and after doing so, it will show up on the LCD. The two red buttons are for popping out the film loading knobs so you can load your film, then press the knobs up until they lock. I set the data to show the date and camera settings, but there are other settings to choose from. Reading from left to right, or top down here , the date reads , or the 20th of February The data info is red for a positive image, but it will be bluish green when viewed as a negative.
Both prime lens models of the GA series. Sample shots below. Here are a few samples for your viewing pleasure. Click images for a larger version.
Distance is the same as a torso shot of people. Background blur is harsh in the corners. Kodak Ektar Central bokeh looks pretty smooth, but gets busy towards the corners. With that said, I really like the film, and use it in the late afternoon quite often with medium format cameras.
Unfortunately, this film has recently been discontinued; and good luck finding fresh film at any reasonable price. All pictures below were scanned and saved at pixels wide. Depth of field is pretty substantial with this lens given a little distance. Fuji Provia X. Test scene below. Scanned on a Nikon Coolscan ED. Here is our standard Mountain test scene, this time using Kodak Ektar film.
A tripod was used, but no filters. Click to enlarge. Quite sharp with plenty of contrast here, even along the sides. Nice jump in resolution and contrast at this aperture. The extreme sides are as sharp as the centers; I see no diffraction softening yet. Here the image softens very slightly due to diffraction. Having a pop-up flash on a medium format camera is a rarity, and I actually use it quite often for fill when photographing people.
Another real plus is the date and exposure imprinting on the negative margin, that saves me from having to stop and write down my exposure settings after each shot. Low light focusing is not always spot on, but only noticeable at wide apertures. It takes two sometimes pricey batteries that may not be available at your vacation destination, so keep a spare set handy.
Filter use requires compensation really easy to do though as the metering is through the finder. I like the Fuji GA, it provides substantially more resolution than format cameras, which will show up when making large prints, or looking at your images on a 5k screen. The actual picture size on the film is also much larger than format, 2.
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FujiFilm GA645 i Professional Owner's Manual
A limited series 15th Anniversary version was also available. It differs cosmetically with gold "Limited" script printed instead of "6x4. It succeeded the Fujifilm GA , released in The body of the camera looks nearly identical to the previous model, but it now supports an additional shutter release button on the face. It has a minimum focus distance of 0.
FujiFilm GA645 Owner's Manual