How good is this camera? Optics????
Great optics, accurate meter and focusing, very reliable, light and portable (I
used it for a two-week walking trip through London and Paris), excellent
results. Uses same filters as Nikon size (52mm). Only drawbacks:
somewhat noisy, because of motor wind; slow motor wind (not usable for action
photography). Lens hood that comes with it isn't very usable; replace it with
52mm collapsible wide-angle hood. Wonderful choice for street photography.
No TTL, so unable to use filters for landscapes or anything.
Autofocus a bit unreliable, and also not TTL so you can't be sure if it caught
what you wanted in focus.
The lens is great, I will say that. But a FIXED 60mm lens was too limiting.
The on camera flash isn't powerful enough, and I had inconsistent results
putting my Nikon flash on it. Sometimes it wouldn't fire.
> what you wanted in focus.
> I have and use a GA645, and find it to be only a fair product, the lens is
> good, but this thing is essentially a point and shoot camera that uses medium
> format film. Manual focusing is so cumbersome as to be useless. When I pop up
> the built in flash to use it for outdoor fill Its necessary to switch to metered
> manual. The flash only fires at full power. There is no TTL. The flash made by
> Fuji cost $239 from B&H, and has all the sophistication of a 283 and less power.
> The vertical grip simply runs a cable release around the camera. Anyway just my
> opinion. Thanks Gene
Thanks all you who have offered comments. I appreciate it...
"A picture is worth a 1000 words"
Ron Kligman in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
The nice thing about this rangefinder, is that is easier to focus than
the Mamiya M7. I echo the praise of Fuji lenses---my only experience is
with GSW690-III and it made the most gorgeous, delicious long-scale
high-contrast images I've ever seen, on any format from Nikon/Leica 35mm
to 8X10 with G-Claron. (But you still can't beat an 8X10 contact print
from a neg souped in PMK pyro, printed on Ziatype--that defines the
No disagreement with your comments, but it sounds like you bought the camera
expecting it to be what it is not. It is easy to use filters with this
camera; just adjust exposure with the +/- adjustment.