In my search for easy to use, no-fuss and simple medium format camera I keep coming across the FUJI GA645ZI - it seems to be a great camera. I was wondering if anyone has one and what do you think of it. I am thinking of using it for landscapes along with my 35mm Nikon because its not much bigger than a 35mm SLR. Any comments would be appreciated.
#1. "RE: FUJI GA645ZI" | In response to Reply # 0guyb Registered since 11th Apr 2002Thu 13-Mar-03 01:59 AM
I used it for a limited time, about 10 rolls across one day. I liked it. I have even thought of buying one.
Some things I noticed:
The finder is vertical. This means the long edge goes up and down instead of side to side.
It is not a very fast lens, 4.5-6.9 I believe.
By 35 mm standards it is not a very wide range zoom.
It seemed very easy to use.
I like built in flashes.
I liked the hybrid autofocus.
Bottom line: I'd still like one.
#2. "RE: FUJI GA645ZI" | In response to Reply # 0apl007 Registered since 19th Dec 2002Tue 18-Mar-03 01:33 PM
I tried the above, but purchased the Bronica
645RF instead. Excellent handling, outstanding
and interchangeable lenses.
When I recently lost my head, and puchased my Leica
and three lens, I sold my Contax 645AF and kept the
Bronica. I can't think of a better recommendation.
In the Hills by the Finger Lakes...:)
" A velvet hand, a hawk's eye -
these we should all have." - Henri Cartier-Bresson
#3. "RE: FUJI GA645ZI" | In response to Reply # 0tree Registered since 03rd Mar 2003Fri 04-Apr-03 03:06 AM
You can get the Mamiya 645-E kit for under $800 new: it takes 120 or 220 inserts and comes with an 80mm f2.8 lens (which is the normal size for 6 x 4.5). The price is great and the quality of the images and usability of the camera are excellent. The 645-E is also compatible with Mamiya's line of 645 lenses as well, so you can upgrade to the other bodies in the 645 line.