Lomopedia: Fujica G690

2

Another impressive analogue beauty from Fujifilm, the Fujica G690 was the Japanese camera company's first medium format rangefinder camera introduced in 1968. Find out more about this landmark rangefinder camera from Fuji in this installment of Lomopedia!

Fuji decided to make a medium format rangefinder camera after having discussions with Japanese commercial photographers who preferred medium or large format over 35mm, but wanted the easier handling of 35mm rangefinder cameras. The result was the Fujica G690, whose design was based on the 70mm Combat Graphic (used by the US Navy and US Marine Corps in 1944) and the handling of Leica. Yamamoto Katsuhiko, the head of the design team, surmised that while it would not need the weatherproofing or rugged handling of the wartime rangefinder camera, it still warrants a design that prioritizes durability for hard use and ease of handling.

The Fujica G690 prototype was exhibited in the March 1968 Tokyo Camera Show, then in the September 1986 Photokina. Later in the year, the Japanese market got their hands on the 6×9 interchangeable lens rangefinder camera with standard 100mm f/3.5 lens for ¥78,200 a piece. It takes 120 and 220 roll films and 6.5 × 9 cm daimeishi sheet film. This rangefinder camera also boasts of a superior field-corrected viewfinder (even reportedly better than the Leica M series), its brightlines adjusting for parallax and field of view when the lens is focused.

Photos via Camerapedia and Wigwam Jones

Technical Specifications:

  • Type: Coupled range/viewfinder camera with interchangeable lens
  • Frame Size: 56×82.6mm (6×9 format) or 56×69mm (6×7 format)
  • Film: 120 (8 exposures for 6×9, 10 exposures for 6×7) or 220 (16 exposures for 6×9, 20 exposures for 6×7) roll film by reversible pressure plate
  • Film advance: Two-stroke lever on camera top advances film, cocks shutter, and locks itself to prevent double exposure. Automatic frame spacing. Multiple exposures are possible, but the procedure is awkward: one has to press release for first exposure, close lightshield curtain, remove lens, manually cock lens, mount lens, place Roll/Sheet selector on “S”, open lightshield curtain, press release, repeat if needed and put back the selector on “R” when finished.
  • Exposure Counter: Automatic reset, additive type.
  • Lens: Interchangeable, bayonet (breech-lock type) mount lens with built-in leaf shutter.
  • Shutter: B, 1 – 1/500 sec. built-in M and X contacts for all-speed flash synchronization (X synch. only on Fujinon EBC AE f/3.5 100mm).
  • Viewfinder: Projected bright frame, automatic field and parallax correction. Magnification 0.75x, rangefinder base length 67mm (effective base length 50.3mm). Built-in bright frames for 100mm normal and 150mm telephoto lenses. Field of view reduction 96% at 1 meter, 84% at infinity for G690 and G690BL; 95% at 1 meter and 92% at infinity for GL690
  • Rangefinder: Split image coupled rangefinder/viewfinder.
  • Focusing: Direct advance helicoid lens coupled with rangefinder.
  • Height: 166mm, width: 183mm, front to back (with normal lens): 145mm (body thickness = 38mm).
  • Weight: Body only: 1,260g (G690/G690 BL) / 1,148g (GL690).
Photos by the.coug, F. Suzuki, M. Valenti, tx7, and mad2cv on Flickr

All information for this article were Camerapedia and artbig.com.

written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-03-19 in #reviews #fujifilm #220 #fuji #rangefinder #fujica-g690 #rangefinder-camera #medium-format #120 #lomopedia

2 Comments

  1. droogieboy
    droogieboy ·

    What a lovely looking camera. Beautiful photos too.

  2. glenn
    glenn ·

    excellent

More Interesting Articles

  • Lomopedia: Zenza Bronica S2

    written by cheeo on 2014-06-04 in #reviews
    Lomopedia: Zenza Bronica S2

    The Zenza Bronica S2 is one of the successors of the 6x6 focal plane shutter SLRs from Bronica. Read on to find out more about this nifty medium format SLR in this installment of Lomopedia.

    1
  • Lomopedia: Bronica RF645

    written by cheeo on 2014-11-12 in #reviews
    Lomopedia: Bronica RF645

    A host to a substantial design in aesthetics and features, the Bronica RF645 is a rare medium format rangefinder that will fit well in any photographer’s prized camera collection.

    3
  • Lomopedia: Vivitar 35ES

    written by cheeo on 2014-10-15 in #reviews
    Lomopedia: Vivitar 35ES

    Boasting tack-sharp images and dependability with its mechanical features, it’s no wonder that the Vivitar 35ES has quite a fan following. Learn more about this 35mm rangefinder in this installment of Lomopedia.

  • Shop News

    Fuji Instax Wide 300 & 10x Fuji Instax Wide Film

    Fuji Instax Wide 300 & 10x Fuji Instax Wide Film

    With this bundle you are ready to shoot with the Fuji Instax Wide 300 and dig in to the instax world – on top you save 20% on Fuji Wide film!

  • Lomopedia: Konica Wai Wai

    written by cheeo on 2014-08-13 in #reviews
    Lomopedia: Konica Wai Wai

    Wide-angle shooters will surely like this one. Made to be a disposable camera, the modification-ready Konica Wai Wai has made many film photography enthusiasts swoon with its distinctive wide-angle shooting and remarkable effects. Read on to find out more about this peculiar-looking camera in this installment of Lomopedia.

    2
  • Lomopedia: Fuji Klasse S and Fuji Klasse W

    written by cheeo on 2014-09-03 in #reviews
    Lomopedia: Fuji Klasse S and Fuji Klasse W

    As far as high end point-and-shoot cameras go, the Fuji Klasse S and W take a coveted spot in many film photographers’ wish lists. Know why in this installment of Lomopedia.

    1
  • Lomopedia: Nikon FM10

    written by cheeo on 2014-06-18 in #reviews
    Lomopedia: Nikon FM10

    Dubbed as an ideal analogue camera for beginners, the FM10 boasts a myriad of features that can definitely teach photography newbies a trick or two when it comes to shooting. Read on to find out more about this trusty SLR from Nikon.

    14
  • Shop News

    LC-A Iblazr Bundle

    LC-A Iblazr Bundle

    Start capturing images even in low-light conditions with this bundle you can create your own combination of LC-A camera and Iblazr flash. And save 20% off!

  • Lomopedia: Fujifilm Clear Shot S AF

    written by cheeo on 2014-08-11 in #reviews
    Lomopedia: Fujifilm Clear Shot S AF

    This camera from Fujifilm boasts easy-to-use features for the 35mm shooter whose main concerns are convenience and vivid photos. Read on to find out more about the Fujifilm Clear Shot S AF.

  • Lomopedia: Nikon AF600

    written by cheeo on 2014-11-26 in #reviews
    Lomopedia: Nikon AF600

    Also known as the Nikon Lite Touch, this compact camera offers crisp wide-angle and panoramic shots from the get-go. Get to know more about this camera in this installment of Lomopedia.

    1
  • Lomopedia: Leica AF-C1

    written by cheeo on 2014-07-30 in #reviews

    Leica is known for its ingenuity and craftsmanship as a camera manufacturer. Let's take a closer look at its first autofocus camera, the Leica AF-C1, in this installment of Lomopedia.

  • Shop News

    Diana F+ Premium Glass Bundle

    Diana F+ Premium Glass Bundle

    Diana F+ and Diana+ 75mm Premium Glass Lens are now ready to give you the best shots with vignetting effects, crisp quality shots together with the signature dreamy appeal of the Diana! Save 15% on the Glass Lens in this Bundle!

  • Lomopedia: Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim

    written by cheeo on 2014-06-25 in #reviews
    Lomopedia: Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim

    Loved by many toy camera fans all over the world for its compact and sleek packaging, the Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim also delivers beyond aesthetics. See how this camera fares in another installment of Lomopedia!

    3
  • Lomography Belair X 6-12: A Camera That Can Do Almost Everything Part 1

    written by simonesavo on 2014-07-24 in #reviews
    Lomography Belair X 6-12: A Camera That Can Do Almost Everything Part 1

    The Lomography Belair X 6-12 is more than just a medium format camera. It is lightweight, compact and is capable of shooting photos in 3 different sizes: 6x12, 6x9 and 6x6. Equipped with high-quality interchangeable lenses and automatic exposure, it can give you beautiful shots with every roll. It can also take 3 different film formats: 120 film, 35mm and instant film. Read on to find out all about this fantastic camera.

  • Lomography Belair X 6-12: A Camera That Can Do Almost Everything (Part 2)

    written by simonesavo on 2014-08-05 in #reviews
    Lomography Belair X 6-12: A Camera That Can Do Almost Everything (Part 2)

    The Lomography Belair X 6-12 is more than just a medium format camera. It is lightweight, compact, and capable of shooting photos in three different sizes: 6x12, 6x9, and 6x6. Equipped with a high quality interchangeable lens system and and automatic exposure, it can give you beautiful shots in every roll. It can also take three different film formats: 120mm, 35mm, and instant. Read on to find out all about this fantastic camera.