Fuji took an interesting turn earlier this month with the introduction of a medium format film camera – the Fuji GF670 Professional. I don’t have much more information other than what was available at the time of the announcement; however, you will find a number of up close photos along with some additional commentary on the new medium format shooter below.
As far as medium format cameras go, the GF670 is rather compact. If you are used to 35mm frame and smaller DSLRs though, the GF670 will seem a bit on the bulky side.
The Fuji GF670 will shoot 6x6cm or 6x7cm frames, which is selectable via a simple switch. Note, however, that the format cannot be switched mid-roll. The GF670 can use either 120 or 220 roll film. In 6×7 format, you’ll get 20 shots out of 220 rolls, and 10 shots out of 120 roll film. In 6×6 format, you get 24 shots out of 220 rolls and 12 shots out of 120 roll film.
The GF670 features an 80mm f/3.5 Fujinon lens, which is equivalent to 40mm (6×7 frames) and 44mm (6×6 frames) on a full frame DSLR. the 80mm lens folds completely into the camera for compact carrying.
The camera features aperture priority auto-exposure and AE lock via a half-press of the shutter release. Auto-exposure is determined via center weighted average metering. Focusing in manual only.
The GF670 offers an electronic leaf shutter with shutter speeds range from 4s to 1/500s, as well as bulb. Shooting at f/4 or brighter, the max shutter speed is 1/250s. It is capable of flash sync at all shutter speeds. Film speed is set manually at a range between ISO 25 to ISO 3200.
While the Fuji GF670 Professional will only serve a niche crowd of film fans, it has generated a lot of buzz at PMA and looks like it will be a solid camera for medium format film lovers. The GF670 should be available by Summer 2010. I’ll be sure to pass along availability and pricing info as soon as I hear an official word from Fuji.