I just received my Fuji GF670 from Dirk Rösler at Japan Exposures. This is a folding medium-format rangefinder camera, an anachronism in many respects, but I regret not getting a G690 when they were still made and since this is a limited edition (apparently quite a popular one at that), I went ahead. I have not yet shot a roll, but here are my first impressions:
- The unfolding mechanism is a bit finnicky. You have to be careful to get the front standard aligned with the film plane. Once deployed it seems fairly stable. Folding it back is also quite tricky.
- The meter indicator LEDs and controls are very reminiscent of the Epson R-D1, not surprising since both are actually made by Cosina.
- The leaf shutter is amazingly quiet. It makes a Leica sound like a clunker in comparison.
- The camera is quite light for MF, it feels lighter than a R-D1 (even though it weighs nearly twice as much) and is not that much larger.
- It does not exude quality like the Fuji-manufactured TX-2 (Hasselblad XPan II).
- The rangefinder patch is bright and clear. The RF base length is very short as in a VC Bessa, and will probably not be as precise as a Leica, XPan or Zeiss Ikon.
- The film loading mechanism is very easy to use, and built as well as other Fuji MF cameras such as the G617.
- You have to remember to reset the lens to infinity focus in order to fold it.
- You get a choice of 6×6 and 6×7, 120 and 220.
- The optional case is a snug fit. I wish it included a belt loop.
In grand old techno-fetishistic tradition, I put up an unboxing gallery.
I have finally uploaded a gallery of my first test roll from the camera. The lens’ optical quality is outstanding, unlike most older folders (well, apart from the Plaubel Makina, of course).