A sunny weekend in Shanghai, was the perfect opportunity to test out a new (not so new) toy. I picked up this Fuji Ga645i from my friend Anton, and have really enjoyed shooting with it so far. It’s pretty automated, but provides just the right amount of user control to keep me interested.
The Fujifilm GA645i Professional is an autofocus medium format camera introduced by Fuji in 1997. A limited 645 series 15th Anniversary version was also available. It differs cosmetically with gold “Limited” script printed instead of “6×4.5 wide”. It uses 120 / 220 roll film and captures images in a 645 format. It succeeded the Fujifilm GA645, released in 1995. Adding not a lot really; just an extra button, and a few other helpful features. I mean, the body of the camera looks nearly identical to the previous model, but it now supports an additional shutter release button on the face.
The GA645i uses a 60mm f/4 lens with a 52mm filter thread. It has a minimum focus distance of 0.7 m. It’s essentially the grittiest point and shoot you’re likely to find, but still chill enough that people assume you are a tourist who cannot effort a digital camera. The shutter is electronically controlled with speeds of 2 sec to 1/700 of a sec. But, one limiting feature, is that for the aperture range of f/4 to f/9.5, the shutter can only go as fast as 1/400 of a second. Smaller apertures cannot use the faster shutter speeds. This could be a pain in the ass, if you are one of those people who likes to stick it in ‘A’ and shoot away. You could just shoot slower film… An electronic self-timer is available with a delay of 10 seconds, and coupled with the manual focus selector, comes in handy for tripod fanatics.
Some photos of the Fuji GA645i.