First Pics! Fujica GW690

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We just got our first roll of film from our new Fujica processed with ‘The Darkroom’. They scanned the 6×9 negatives and zipped them to us. We couldn’t be any more pleased with the results.

As a refresher – this is the 1978 version of Fuji Photo Film’s GW690 medium format film camera. It is the last model to to be called ‘Fujica’. It looks great in this image and it is in very nice condition, but well worn from the thousands of rolls and exposures taken. It will settle in to a more quiet life with us as we can’t afford to buy and have processed 120 film and only get 8 exposures per roll. But we are super happy with it. Super sharp Fujinon 90mm lens transfers the image nicely to the 6×9 negative.

By the way… all of the images presented are direct scans from the negatives. No post production on our part – no crops or other messing with the images. Some I missed the correct exposure by a stop or two with my guesses. I was mostly shooting at 1/250 with 100 film at around f8 to f11. Neopan Acros is very forgiving.

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As you can see, we’ve presented 6 exposures vice 8… 1 other was a duplicate and exposure 8 wasn’t on the roll! I think I may have wound past the first frame. We believe the level of detail and contrast of the Fujinon lens is superb. Did we mention that we’re big fans of Fuji’s Acros? We also love the 6×9 format too. I would say that I was surprised at the shallow depth-of-field in the truck image – I focused on the ‘GMC’ logo and as you may be able to see, I missed spot on focus.

All of the images were taken along Centre Street, downtown historic district, Fernandina Beach – Amelia Island, Florida. The post office building is ca. 1911. The clock tower is ca. 1891. The ‘Pineapple Patch’ building is ca. 1880s. You get the point – for the U.S. it’s kinda old – for most of the rest of the world they’re kinda new. It’s all relative. ^.^

Thanks for your visit!

Chris and Carol

10 thoughts on “First Pics! Fujica GW690

    1. You know I really should get back into processing film myself. I did it at college many (many) years ago (full lab processing plus wet printing). I’ve read so many conflicting commentaries about developing at home – traditional processing using many chemicals and constant agitation vice simple, one step no agitation processing. Do you develop your own film? I would be interested to hear what method you use.
      Thank you for your comments! I like the GMC truck pic too. The Acros is perfect for the vintage of the truck. ^.^

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      1. Yes, I develop my own film and do wet printing also, although I’m relatively new to it – have done it for a little less than a year now. My standard process is invert 10 times and tap the tank on the counter a few times right after putting the developer in, and then invert 5-10 times and tap the tank a few times each minute depending on how much contrast I want in the negative. I find “the massive developing chart” (you can Google it) to be really good for a guideline on developing times for different film/developer combinations, and it also gives you a guide on developing times if you need to push your film and different temperatures. I get my chemicals mostly from Adorama, but Freestyle photo is also a good source, and some are even available on Amazon.

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  1. Sounds like something I should get into again. Thanks for sharing your methods. Are the chemicals ‘one and done’ or can they be reused? How do you regulate the temperature of the water? Wet printing at home – good on you!

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  2. The ones I use are one and done. I think you could actually potentially re-use the fixer (but don’t quote me on this) but I don’t. Considering that you can make 5 gallons of D-76 developer of a packet of powder that costs about $7.00, the cost is really negligible. I usually use distilled water and keep everything at room temperature in the house. It’s worked out well for me. Wet printing is so much fun, even though I still have a lot to learn before I make that perfect print. And enlarger can be had for a song these days. I got my full darkroom set-up (including adjustable enlarging table, 6-foot developing sink, and the enlarger) for $200.00 on Craigslist.

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    1. Great stuff Anneli – you’ve motivated me to give it a go! I know that spending nearly $30 per 8 exposure roll to play with my Fujica wasn’t going to work long term. I sell some pics and cameras on Etsy from time to time. It’s a bit more affordable if I process and print at home. Thanks ^.^

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      1. I’m glad I could motivate you. It really does get super expensive in the long haul to have a lab develop and scan medium format film. I’ve had so much more fun (and freedom) shooting with my medium format cameras ever since I took the step to home developing and wet printing. And I actually get more photographs on paper that way, rather than keeping them indefinitely somewhere on some hard drive or cloud storage.

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  3. Oh I love this!!! I have a Holga and a Nikon FG I shoot with along with my Fuji film. I have negatives I am trying to get into my computer. That camera looks fabulous!

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    1. Thanks Nora for your comments! We feel in love with the Fujica the moment we first touched it! lol It’s a great medium format camera but a tad expensive to use as it only gets 8 exposures on one roll of 120 film. We’re looking into processing and scanning at home to bring the cost down. We’ve heard a bunch about the Holga but have never used one. Another great medium format camera that no one ever thinks about is the Fuji Photo Film Fujipet! Produces interesting images especially on Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros B&W film.
      All the best, C&C

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