My wife and I recently had the opportunity to sail around the Polynesian Islands also known as the Society Islands. Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora are the most famous islands among the French Polynesian archipelago. However there are thousands of these islands and atolls in the South Pacific Ocean.
The first settlers of Tahiti were most likely from Fiji and Samoa, who made the voyage in their outrigger canoes around 200BC. These islands became known by the Europeans in the sixteen century, but it was Captain Cook in 1768 that made them famous.
Deciding on the gear to take was a dilemma as always. I settled on my Leica MP and my FujiGF670W. Introduced in 2009 the FujiGF670W is a medium format rangefinder camera that allows you to shoot 6×6 or 6×7 on a 120 or 220 roll of film.
It’s a robust and simple camera and has everything one needs. The ergonomics are superb and the shutter is the quietest I have ever heard. Actually you can hardly hear the shutter at all, the only way to tell you took a shot is by a red LED light flashing letting you know.
The GF670W has an Aperture priority mode, ISO dial (25-3200 ), shutter speed (B-500 ) dial, 2 stop +- compensation and shutter release all in one neat dial. The lens is a fixed 50mm (28mm equivalant) lens with a leaf shutter built in. It’s a beautiful camera to use and easy to carry as it fits in my Billingham Hadley Pro bag with ease.
I got myself the FujiGF670W after my last trip to the Arctic Circle when I used the Hasselblad 500cm. By the end of the trip I just did not want to carry it around, it was just too burdensome, nonetheless it is a great camera. The film of choice on this trip was Kodak Portra 400.
It’s definitely a bucket list type of destination but I highly recommend you try and see it before the oceans rise!