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.
Fujifilm wrote a love letter to film photography during a time when emails, tweets, and online messages were the media of choice. The company sealed the letter and posted it for all film photographers to read with the development of the Fuji Klasse S and *Fuji Klasse W*.
The Klasse S is a modern and compact point-and-shoot camera that basically takes high-quality camera craftsmanship and features and packed it into a nifty 35mm shooter. It was released in the Japan market in 2007 and has since created a following among film photography loyalists. Street photography is one of the Fuji Klasse’s lines of expertise.
Its 38mm f/2.8 lens is the sister to the Fuji Klasse W’s wide-angle 28mm f/2.8 lens. Both Klasse variants offer crisp photos through the well-built viewfinder and their superb EBC Fujinon lens. One of the core features that made the Fuji Klasse cameras a great competitor in the high end point-and-shoot market is its ability to adapt to various ISO shooting modes. Pushing the ISO to higher stops or underexposing the film is a cinch with the Fuji Klasse.
Fine tuning the Fuji Klasse to your desired settings is a breeze with the easy to use dials and simplified display. The Fuji Klasse S and W proved that film cameras can go toe-to-toe with their digital counterparts given the right features, design and advanced functions.
The Fuji Klasse S and W are put alongside the ranks of the Contax T3 series, Ricoh GR-1, and Konica Hexar cameras.
Fuji Klasse S and W Technical Specifications
- Film Format: 35mm
- Material: metal
- ISO Setting: from ISO 50 – 3200, DX coding available
- Viewfinder: Direct optical viewfinder
- Flash: built-in
- Lens: 38mm f/2.8 Super EBC (Electron Beam Coating) Fujinon lens for the Fuji Klasse S and 28mm f/2.8 Super EBC Fujinon lens for the Fuji Klasse W
- Shutter Speed: ½ sec to 1/290 sec (at f/2.6) to 1/100 sec (at f/16), Bulb mode
- Aperture: f/2.8 to f/16
- Focusing: Autofocus from 0.4m to infinity, MF mode
- Meter: CdS element with range of 4 to 16EV (ISO 100)
- Power 1 × 3v Lithium CR2
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