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New Fuji/Cosina 6x7 Folder
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 8:37 am    Post subject: New Fuji/Cosina 6x7 Folder Reply with quote

It was announced since last PMA. It is now official: Fuji and Cosina are making a new dual format (6x6 and 6x7) folding camera. Yes, a new film camera, and a medium format! It will apparently be marketed under the name "Fuji GF670" in Japan and "Voigtlnder Bessa III" everywhere else. Here are the specs:

Folding camera with coupled rangefinder
Film choice 120/220 film
6x7 cm (120-10 exp. / 220-20 exp.)
6x6 cm (120-12 exp. / 220-24 exp.)
80 mm/f3.5 (4 groups 6 elements)
Bright frame-type viewfinder
Automatic parallax compensation
Integral LED exposure metering indications
Electronically controlled lens shutter. 4-1/500 sec, B
Exposure control: SPD Sensor
Center-weighted averaging system
Aperture priority AE and manual switchover
Exposure compensation approx 2EV in 1/3EV steps
Film speed: Manual setting, ISO25-3200 (1/3EV step accuracy)
Manual film wind by winding knob
Mechanical-type counter
120/220 (changeable)
6x7/6x6 (changeable)
CR2 (3v) lithium battery

Some pictures:





Pictures linked from David Bram's blog.

Cheers!

Abbazz


Last edited by Abbazz on Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:50 pm; edited 1 time in total


PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW! I start to saving....

Do you know estimated selling price ?


PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes! Finally, and it's going to be sold outside Japan!!! Happy day!!!!

Now I'll be setting incense for the stock market to recover...


Though of course cheap me will probably settle on an older Fuji rf mf camera...


PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could be interesting, tempting even, but I still love my old Bessa II.


PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked
That's really exciting!
I only hope they come out with a 50/55mm wide version Very Happy
A 67 folder with AE and lens shutter. Shocked That must be a first maybe not?


PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

F16SUNSHINE wrote:
Shocked
That's really exciting!
I only hope they come out with a 50/55mm wide version Very Happy
A 67 folder with AE and lens shutter. Shocked That must be a first maybe not?


+1 for wide angle version


PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+2 for wide angle. NICE looking piece of equipment, with the modern bells and whistles.


PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

F16SUNSHINE wrote:
I only hope they come out with a 50/55mm wide version

That's my second choice. The 80mm Heliar comes first!

F16SUNSHINE wrote:
A 67 folder with AE and lens shutter. That must be a first maybe not?

For 6x7, the only cameras that come close are the famous Plaubel Makina 67 (a metered folder but without auto exposure) and the Mamiya 7 (auto exposure but not a folder).

Cheers!

Abbazz


PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing, Abbazz, looks like a dream camera to me!


PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like the focus control is on the lens.
I think I like this. Having "played around" with a Plaubel 67.
I found the focus dial on the camera a bit awkward.
I suppose it would become natural quickly but being used to using my right hand for focus, it was weird.
Truly very exciting. Once again Mr. K shows his dedication for bringing the best of the past back into the present.
Teaming up with Fuji is simply a natural for this project. The chances for a wide model must be higher right?

Abbazz are you on the waiting list for one ?


PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

F16SUNSHINE wrote:
Abbazz are you on the waiting list for one ?


Yes, of course, although I want to see the price before committing to buy.

Cheers!

Abbazz


PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hurrah, finally something that perhaps can be used longer than 6 months before a trip to the repair shop (Plaubel Makina)
Yes Yes for the normal and wide versions


PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! That is amazing! And this cam is so beautiful!


PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is really cool, its amazing such old designs are being produced today! I would really like to have this camera.