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Fuji GS645S

Discussion in 'Fujifilm Cameras' started by PentaxManiac, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. PentaxManiac

    PentaxManiac Well-Known Member

    Spotted one of these medium format cameras on sale second hand for under £300. Anyone familiar with it?

    Browsed the web for background and two potential problems wre mentioned;-

    The rangefinder is difficult to use, as the double image you make a single image is very faint?

    The "cow bars" are needed as the lens assembly is very fragile and many used models are damaged because of this?

    Fair criticisms, or should I take a punt on this one?
  2. Roy5051

    Roy5051 Well-Known Member

    I had one many years ago, the problem I had was with the film wind on, didn't seem to work properly; wound the film across OK, but didn't seem to load it on to the take-up reel tightly, with the result that it became hard work to wind on towards the end of the reel.

    Could have just been my model, of course, but I had it checked and it was returned apparently OK. But it still did it, so I got shot of it.
  3. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    I had the widey-dangle version for a while, bought s/h, and had no problems with it. It had an eye-bite-ingly sharp lens. :D

    Hassles? Hmm. Has extra tripod hole for horizontals but the grip is always to hold it for 'portrait' format: camera was designed & built before 35mm camera designers were considering such things on a regular basis. Shutter release not quite as feely as most 35mms. Slightly bulky because of non-collapsible lens arrangement.

    But these are minor quibbles: very, very minor ones. Ooops: forgot to add one 'downside' in my view: why didn't the designers make it 16-on 120? Great camera for one film type/one camera/one lens day-trips out or for producing, say, high-quality B&W film images as part of a bag containing a DSLR & some zooms. ;):D

    I think I would have it now had I not, at a certain point, needed less cameras to choose from, really needed the space and also found the proceeds helpful.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2013
  4. PentaxManiac

    PentaxManiac Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the replies, and apologies for not acknowledging them sooner.

    I decided not to go for this camera after seeing one at a good price, as I wasn't keen on portrait format being the norm.

    Since then I've seen a similar but larger model that shoots on 6x9 cm for only slightly more. Quite tempted by that.......
  5. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Oooh. If it's a Mk3 in reasonable or better nick, go for it. Currently they sell for £500/£600+ at dealers.

    Be aware that there are umpteen variants of all of the medium format Fuji's. I don't know how much better the Mk3s are compared to Mk2s & 1s. IIRC, there are also versions before those 'numbers'. Also check the focal length. You are probably aware that there are two options: a standard and wide-angle. The wides can sometimes be worth a tad more than the standards. The larger Fujis also have total frame counters so you can check whether they have had much film through or not.
  6. zx9

    zx9 Well-Known Member

    If you have found one at a good price, go for it. If you don't get on with it you could re-sell it and get most of your money back.
    Over the years I have been tempted by the Fuji 6x9s but so far have not succumbed. I found 6x9 negatives a pleasure to print from and would have loved something more portable than a Sinar 54 with RFH to shoot them with.

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