Lomopedia: Fuji GA645

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Dubbed as the world's first fully automatic 6 x 4.5 cm camera, the Fuji GA645 was a point and shoot medium format camera introduced by Fujifilm in 1995. Find out more about this beautiful snapper in this installment of Lomopedia!

The Fuji GA645 was a fixed-lens medium format point-and-shoot camera introduced by Fujifilm in the late 1990s, with the aim of bringing the medium format experience to more photography enthusiasts. It boasts of a newly designed shutter system and autofocus, and was dubbed by the Japanese camera maker as the first fully automatic medium format camera that takes 6 × 4.5 photos. Equipped with a Fujinon 60mm f/4 lens, the aperture range goes from f/4 to F/9.5, and shutter speeds ranging from Bulb, 2 seconds, and a top speed of 1/700 sec. Described as a a medium format equivalent of a 35mm-lensed camera, it’s a recommended basic camera for those who want to try street photography using 120 film.

Photo via 35mm-compact.com

Technical Specifications:

  • Type: 6 × 4.5 cm fully automatic autofocus camera
  • Format: 6 × 4.5 cm; actual frame size – 41.5 × 56mm
  • Film: Roll film 120 (16 exposures), 220 (32 exposures)
  • Lens: Super EBC Fujinon 1:4 f = 60mm, 7 elements in 6 groups, Angle of view 60 degrees (equivalent to 37mm lens for 35mm format), minimum focusing distance 70 cm (2.3 ft), filter diameter 52mm
  • Focusing: Autofocus w. active & passive functions, 0.7m (2.3 ft) to infinity, manual focus selectable, w. focus lock function
  • Viewfinder: “Bright frame”, AF mark, F-stop, Exposure up/down, shutter speed, flash on/off, focusing distance (in meters or feet)
  • Shutter: Electronic lens shutter with programmed AE switchable to aperture priority and manual; with buzzer indicating end of shutter action
  • Shutter Speed: B, 2s to 1/700s (at F-stops 4 to 9.5: to 1/400s)
  • Exposure Control: TTF (“through the finder”) center-weighted light measurement with SPD light sensor; programmed AE, aperture priority, manual; coupled range EV 3 to 19 with ISO 100 film speed
  • Exposure Compensation: + 2EV in steps of 1/2 EV
  • Film Speeds: ISO 25 to 1600, adjustable in 1/3 step increments
  • Flash Unit: Built-in pop-up flash, automatic triggering, guide number 12 with ISO 100 film speed
  • Film Advance: Automatic advance to first frame without need to look for start mark; automatic frame advance; alert buzzer at last frame; automatic forward winding after last frame
  • Frame Counter: LCD, counting up; coupled to 120/220 film length setting on pressure plate; shows “E” (empty) after last frame
  • LC Display: Frame number, shutter speed, F-stop, film speed, 120/220 film length, “battery low” warning mark, flash mark, exposure compensation, self-timer, MF (manual focus) mode, date, time, focusing distance, total frame count
  • Recordable Data: Recordable on film below frames – date, time, exposure date, (exposure mode, F-stop, shutter speed, exposure compensation, AF/MF)
  • Self-timer: Electronic, with indicator lamp; interval 10s
  • Power Supply: 6V DC from lithium ion batteries type CR123A (2); batteries sufficient for approx. 3000 shots without flash, approx. 600 shots with 50% flash intensity (measured according to Fujifilm lab standard)
  • Other functions: Hot accessory shoe, film type indicator pocket, cable release socket, screw hole for tripod mount, buzzer on/off switch
  • Dimensions: 166 × 110 × 66 mm (W x H x D); depth 84 mm when power is on
  • Weight: 815 g without batteries
  • Accessories: Soft carrying case, carrying strap, lens hood, case for lens hood, lens cap, lithium ion batteries CR123A (2); owner’s manual
Credits: cityandthesea & oskar73

Check out the user manual for the Fuji GA645 here, and a review by maxpinckers!

All information for this article were sourced from Butkus.org and Japan Camera Hunter.

written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-04-08 in #reviews #lomopedia #fuji-ga645 #fuji

One Comment

  1. chilledvondub
    chilledvondub ·

    Awesome, nice to see someone boasting about fuji products their optics are incredible! I almost bought then when I was in the market for a Medium Format rangefinder I ended up getting the Fuji GW690II as the 6x9 format excited me but seeing this review makes me wants to invest in a 6x4.5 again!

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