FUJI GF670w First Roll First Impressions 


I want to preface this first impressions by letting you know my writing is based on how I feel about this camera for street photography. Being a wide angle, fairly compact, medium format camera I think it would also make a great landscape or travel camera, but as of now those are not my focus.

6×6 medium format is probably my favorite format for taking pictures. I’ve used a rolleiflex 75mm 3.5 but found it difficult to get focus in a streetphotography situation. After the rolleiflex I tried a mamiya 6 with the 50mm lens with more pleasing results. There are only a few other cameras that can take 6×6 images and have wide angle lenses. SLR medium format cameras are out of the question for street and the other options just didn’t appeal to me. I even tried to make cameras out of mamiya press parts as well as graflex xl parts. These were ok, but not as functional as a camera that was mass produced. The GF670w wasn’t exactly massed produce, being difficult to find even used, but I think it fits the bill for what I’m looking for. My reasoning; the GF and voigtlander Bessa III line of cameras have the quietest shutters I have ever heard. When I first tested the 80mm variant I thought the camera had bad batteries and wasn’t working. At 500th of a second it is incredibly difficult to hear the shutter go off. This can feel strange at first, not knowing whether you got your shot or not. On the other hand, if I didn’t know the shutter went off, then people around me also wouldn’t know…

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Related to the shutter; at first I thought this camera was capable of double exposures. When no film is in the camera you can press the shutter a number of times without winding the film advance. Once you have film loaded, though, this is not an issue. The shutter can be pressed as if to take a double exposure but lo and behold no double exposure.

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Double exposure test. As you can see only one exposure. Photo credit Luis Mora.

The first roll here was shot in 6×7, mostly to have less pictures to take when testing. When I actually use the camera it will be in the 6×6 format, but having the option is nice. Note though, that you cannot change the format mid roll. That being said in 6×7 corner to corner looks sharp, so 6×6 should be even better.

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Photo credit Luis Mora

The camera is nicely weighted with extremly simple controls. I don’t like the two lugs for straps being on the same side.

Eye relief for the finder is fine. I dont find it difficult to see the meter information as long as i position your eye properly. I do not wear glasses but I don’t think it would be an issue  if you did. It can be a bit tricky to see the meter information. After using leicas for a long time I have learned to position my eye in a certain way, and that position isn’t the best for seeing the GF670ws meter information. Hopefully with a lot of use of this camera it won’t be as awkward to use.

Metering looks good, most exposures were on auto shutter and retained shadow/highlight details nicely.

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Automatic exposure. I think the GF670w has a good metering system. The GTR in the picture was black with a sunny backlight sky. There are details in the shadows and hightlights.

The only thing that was a bit annoying was the focus tab on the lens. Unlike leica lenses the ring rotates clockwise from infinity to 0.7m. at Infiniti the tabs are horizontal and at 0.7m the tabs are vertical. In practice it is easy for me to focus from 0.7 to infinity but focusing from infinity to 0.7m feels awkward. In the end though this might not be an issue for me. For street the camera will probably be set to 3 meters and it will be fine.

Skip to the end:

-ALMOST silent shutter on both the GF670 and 670w

-Beautiful modern Fuji optics.

-Great first impressions, it makes me want to ditch the mamiya 6.

-I prefer this design. No bellows means less fiddling to start shooting.

Luis Mora @35mmmora on instagram. http://www.35mmmora.com

accidental lomography

Here is another roll that was left in my fridge for a year or longer. It was not intentionally shot for the lomo look but it has taken on more of a lomo look with color shifts and what not. Taken in Arakawa, Kita, and Shibuya ku.

pentax p-30 50 f 1.7

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one roll in california

Recently I’ve been looking at how my pictures relate to one another. The flow/sequence photos can have or the similarity between photos taken without the intention of being used together.

2 rolls that I had in my fridge were recently developed. Both had many images in the same roll that related to each other. Right now I have a photo book in the works and the little amount of editing necessary for these rolls was greatly appreciated. One of these rolls was over a year old and has an interesting story, unfortunately it can’t be used in the aforementioned book so I’ll post it here instead.

When I was coming back to the states my layover was in LA. I decided to stay a few days and meet up with a good friend of mine. At the time I was just getting into film photography  (see https://shootfilmnotguns.net/2015/04/29/how-i-started-to-shoot-film/) so I shot one roll in California. It was a roll of ilford sfx 200. This roll was purchased in Japan (summer 2014) and flew to California (through xray machines). Shot in California and then flew again only to sit in my fridge for a year. I’m surprised that pictures actually came out!

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First film shot in America! I remember liking the lighting on the tree. After the photo I went to Panera bread in the background There will be a lot of car pictures in this roll!

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New and old black and white. The car scene in California seems great hopefully I can go back to take more car pictures someday.

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Since I was in the area I had to check out illest (http://illestbrand.com/). I love cars and taking pictures of them, if you want to see more of my car pictures check out http://rave33.tumblr.com/ or rave33clothes on instagram, or keep scrolling…

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Some more snaps

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California roads also seem great for taking a drive in one of the many nice cars you see around.

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I stayed in the Irvine area and it was really nice, the scenery was something I hadn’t seen too much of before.

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I think this roll tells the story of my layover in California. Some of the pictures don’t work as stand alone pictures but paired up its a nice little set. Rather than showing a few individually I’d prefer them to be seen in this order. Editing a project can be really difficult but this was a fun and easy project if you can call it that.

Taken with pentax p-30 50mm 1.7 in and around Irvine California, Ilford 200 sfx film that had seen better days. Scanned with the pakonf135 that helped make the images usable.

Camera gear I took to Kyoto

This weekend I went to Kyoto with no real plans and took lots of pictures. I wanted to keep my bag somewhat light so what I took was my m3 with 90mm asph apo, m9 with 35mm summicron asph, go pro hero 4 black and my ipad(took a time-lapse). I think the 35mm and 90mm summicrons really complement each other. I didn’t really find a time where I thought I needed more reach/more wide. I wrote about the m3 and the 90mm before, but it is really a stealthy setup. The only downside is its on the heavy side compared to the 35mm summicron and m9. It was a nice overcast weekend and never rained so I could shoot 400 tri-x all day and some at night no problem. If I could only have one camera and one lens for a trip like this I’d have to go with the m3 and ms-optical 50mm f1.1 though. I didn’t bring it and sort of regret it, especially for night shots, but I think the 35/90 setup is really good. 

I’ll try to post some black and white stuff once it’s developed but all I have now is color.