Fuji Tiara ii

5 frames with a Fuji Tiara ii – by Eddy

The Fuji Tiara is a tiny, wide-angle point and shoot from the mid-nineties.  It was called the DL Super Mini in Europe but mine came in its original clothes from Japan.  Ben Murhaaya wrote a good review of it on here a couple of years ago.  

When Hamish suggested this ‘5 frames with…’ feature the Tiara came immediately to mind because I’ve been using it a lot recently at home and when travelling.  It really is so brilliantly small and simple!

The main reason to use this camera apart from size and weight is its wide and very nice lens. It’s quite contrasty and very sharp.  The camera also seems to meter  accurately in most situations.  I don’t really use the exposure modes or manual focus options but have seen people online who appreciate them. This is not a tough camera, it has lots of plastic parts and my copy has some dings – I also had to repair the lens door a few months ago after some less than careful handling at a party.  

Anyhow, here are five shots from the last year or so from walks around Oxford mixed with two from a  trip to Venice earlier in the summer.  

Giudecca island, Venice - Cinestill 50 film
Giudecca island, Venice – Cinestill 50 film

Canal-side, Oxford - Fuji Industrial 100 film
Canal-side, Oxford – Fuji Industrial 100 film

Christchurch Meadow, Oxford - Portra 400 film
Christchurch Meadow, Oxford – Portra 400 film

Beside the River Thames - HP5 film
Beside the River Thames – HP5 film

Venice - Cinestill 50 film
Venice – Cinestill 50 film


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16 thoughts on “5 frames with a Fuji Tiara ii – by Eddy”

  1. What a great selection of photos, love the colour from the Cinestill too, certainly made me read the earlier review by Benn, and may just take a look over at eBay too !

    1. Thanks so much stig. They don’t come up often in Europe but quite a few available from Japan. Can’t believe how these compacts are going up in price thought!

  2. I have the Fujifilm DL SUPER MINI ZOOM. It wasn’t cheap, but the lens is amazing too, probably not as sharp as the fixed lens on your camera. Great pictures you have here, I really like the “Beside the River Thames – HP5 film” picture. So many film cameras, so little time, no doubt.

  3. I love the Christchurch Meadow and Thames pictures, and the last one in the back canal is lovely. Absolutely lovely handling of the light in all of these.

    I hope having said that that I’ll seem helpful (as I intend) rather than churlish in pointing out that the island centre frame in the first picture is San Giorgio Maggiore, with Giudecca the one coming in at the edge of the frame.


    1. Thanks so much Peter. For your kind words on the photos and for correcting me on Giudecca. Not churlish at all 🙂

  4. Beautiful pictures, Eddy! Thank you for this post.
    I have a question about the Tiara: Looking at the Tiara user manual, I see that it has exposure lock with a half-press of the shutter. But does that (or some other procedure) lock exposure? My concern is underexposure of backlit subjects. I see that it has a backlit mode that gives +2EV, but I’m not sure that that would be enough for the common doorway, restaurant window, etc. backlighting situations.

  5. Beautiful photos. I’m under the impression that those Fuji cameras – talking about most of them by the pictures I’ve seen have a particular “Fuji looks” on them no matter what lenses or film combination it can come out. It’s almost like— if I did not know was a Fuji camera, I would have guessed by the photos I’ve seen it was a peculiar Fujifilm look on it. They stunning photos, I don’t know if it’s only myself who can see that but I’ve had a love affair with Fuji camera reviews and output for a long time. (Been longing for a Fuji Natura S for awhile-maybe for my birthday.)

  6. It’s hard to confirm your theory Ian Do Carmo (Fuji look) with so many processing variables- but I agree. Fuji digital definitely had it’s own ‘look ‘in the early days-easily recognized and very nice

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