The Long Version: Fujifilm makes good cameras, and always have. While their most recent renaissance has surprised everyone, including Fuji, they have a long tradition of making quirky cameras that are genuinely designed for photographers. That must be why they also release more cheap mass-market point-and-shoot cameras per year than any other manufacturer — it keeps their marketing department distracted. I was impressed enough by it to start looking at other medium format cameras, which is how I ended up owning its smaller sibling, the Fujifilm GAZi.
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The Fuji GAZi lens is a ten element in ten group design with a 1. It has an equivalence in format of approximately mm. The Fuji GAZi is pretty cool and has a lot of neat features, especially the zoom lens; how many medium format cameras have a fixed zoom? Manufactured by; Fuji Photo Film Co.
Made in; Japan. Date of manufacture; Approximately Build material; appears to be a mixture of metal and plastic. Box contents; camera, instruction manual, a softcase?
Weight; my measurements ready to shoot; camera with hood and batteries, Dimensions; my measurements; 6. All dimensions include protrusions. Focal length; mm. Auto or manually set in half stop increments. The other two cameras with prime lenses claims the Auto focus sets the shooting distances in steps, but uses 14 steps in the viewfinder.
See sample images farther down the page. Distortion; very low distortion at all focal lengths, see images below. Color fringing; none that I notice. Shutter and speed; super quiet electronic auto exposure inter-lens shutter with buzzer so you know when it trips! Film; standard or roll, with a picture area of 56mm x You get 16 pictures per roll. Fill flash only in aperture priority and manual modes.
Fuji claims the batteries will last for shots with no flash use. See ad at the bottom for flash bracket info. Crippling features and omissions; nothing really bad, the only minor item would be TTF metering, and that means you have to manually compensate when using filters. I also like the pop-up flash, which is rare for a medium format camera. Apparently, according to several internet posts , some sort of factory lubricant used near the up-down dial has crept about, and is causing the problem.
Product shots with descriptions. Click pictures for larger versions. The Fuji GAZi with box and cards. The Fuji GAZi powered on and ready for action. The odd looking hood slips over the lens barrel and turns to lock; my copy is quite hard to remove for some reason. There are two rectangular strap lugs on the left side of the camera; an upper and lower, and one upper on the right side. On the left side; or right side in the picture is the flash PC nipple. The white square is the finder light window.
The red circle in the striped square is the finder window. The two mirrored windows in a rectangle are used for the AF system. The large red circle in the self timer indicator lamp. There are a couple of hidden devices inside the black housing above the lens. The guide number is 12 at ISO The large mode and selecting dial and little lock button below has ISO, Program mode, two aperture priority modes, and full manual mode.
This large dial also is used for adjusting the Data, ISO, focus, aperture and shutter speed settings. Note; the camera rewinds the film automatically after the last shot. The two circular covers are the film spool holders, you pop them out when you insert the film spools. The lever type catch on the right side opens the rear cover. The two red buttons are for popping out the film loading knobs so you can load your film, then press the knobs up until they lock.
The back cover is different from the other two versions. The lens is extended to 55mm in this image. The latch for opening the back cover is located on the flat portion of the handgrip. Zoomed in to 90mm, with a total travel of about 20mm. The prime lens model is about the same size and weight of the zoom.
Next to the Olympus 35 SP , the Fuji looks huge. I set the data to show the date and camera settings, but there are other settings to choose from. Reading from left to right, or top down here , the date reads , or the 20th of February The data info is red for a positive image, but it will be bluish green when viewed as a negative. Sample shots below. Here are a few samples for your viewing pleasure. Scanned on a Nikon Coolscan ED.
Click images for a larger version. Pretty smooth highlight blur in the central area. Kodak Ektar ADT will get you!!
An Interior Designer staged this room, and I photographed it with the Fuji GAZi: it was almost the first shot from the camera after I bought it; so I had my fingers crossed!! I did have a Digital back-up though. No blown-out highlights in the white pillows in direct sun; use the same settings on your digital camera and both the pillows and couch turn into a nasty blotch. Kodak Portra A little pincushion distortion visible if you overlay grid lines on the door bottom.
Very minor barrel distortion noticeable along the bottom edge of the garage door. Minor barrel distortion visible along the bottom edge of door.
Fuji Velvia Test scene below. Here is our standard Mountain test scene using Kodak Ektar film. A tripod was used, but no filters. Click to enlarge. Quite sharp with plenty of contrast here, even along the sides. A little sharper along the sides. The sides are the same, but the middle shows a bit of blur as a result of diffraction.
Very sharp in the middle area, just a tiny bit soft along the sides. The sides are very sharp, as well as the middle, great results here. Good centers, and sides. Excellent sharpness across the frame, great for landscapes. Click picture for larger version. I used the same test pictures from both cameras, however, they were taken at a different time, so the shadows and colors are not quite the same, but I tried to make them similar looking for the side by side comps.
The top crops are from the right side of the image, the middle crops are from the centers, and the bottom are from the left side. Even though the Fuji GA has a slightly longer 60mm lens, the Fuji zoom at the wide end is outperforming it across the frame at this setting, especially noticeable on the left side. Flash bracket for the Zi only. A reader noted the differences between the flash brackets in the prime lens models, and the Zi.
This ad from shows the proper flash bracket for the Zi. The Fuji GAZi turned in a great review, just like the 60mm , and 45mm models. I like the adjustable diopter instead of having to buy an expensive eyepiece for correction as I did on the other two. Maybe Fuji used a different type of motor for this model. Auto rewind at the end of the roll; a lens cap warning signal in the viewfinder—the parallax lines blink when the cap is on, but unfortunately the shutter will still trip if pressed.
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Fujifilm GA645Zi Manuals
Exposure modes can be changed with the dial on the top shoulder of the camera. Exposure modes include P programmed auto, A aperture priority , AS aperture slow synchro mode and M manual exposure mode. Also on this dial is ISO; use the up and down dial on the shoulder to change a majority of settings. In A mode, the up down dial changes the aperture, in M mode pressing the exposure compensation button while rotating the up and down button changes the shutter settings. The settings are view able on the LCD screen on the camera back. A film tab reminder holder is also on the back.
FujiFilm GA645ZI Owner's Manual
Camera review: Fuji GA645Zi