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5 Frames with a Fuji GW690iii – by Tom Rayfield

My go to camera is the Fuji GW690iii, I absolutely love it. The fact that it is so basic by today’s standards, yet the results it produces are stunning, every single time.

I love the limits that this camera impose on me. The fixed 90mm lens makes me think about my compositions, as there is no alternative, whilst the lack of a meter or any other electronic parts make me stop and think each time before I press the shutter. Oh, and the fact that I get 8 shots to a roll REALLY makes me think before I press the shutter. The rangefinder on the camera is excellent, and despite the loud clunk every time I take a photo, this camera is flawless in my opinion.

I’m a big fan of trying new things with my camera. As a photography teacher, I am constantly trying new techniques and methods, in the hope I can pass something onto one of my students one day.

Early in February we had a portrait workshop at school, where a local camera store teamed up with a professional model to provide our students with a backdrop, lighting setup, and opportunities to work like the pros. Before this session I had NEVER shot with off-camera flash before, NEVER shot with any flash on film before, NEVER shot with a model before and NEVER had to shoot this fast on the GW690iii before.

So I thought, hey, why not?! Let’s give it a go, what could possibly go wrong?!

So, here are 5 frames from that session….I hope you like them as much as I do.

Film stock: Fuji Pro 400H

Model: Bernadette Lemon

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  • Reply
    March 20, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Fabulous, very nicely done. I use the slightly older version of your camera, the GW690II. The Fuji 90 mm lens is amazing. I do urban decay photography, and this lens can resolve the tiniest details of buildings and old factories when I use fine-grain film. Two things I miss on this rangefinder: 1. shutter speed of 2 sec. 2. A self-timer.

  • Reply
    Karl Valentin
    March 21, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    For studio work I guess I would prefer a Mamiya RB 67 which is to big to carry it around on location or a trip
    Here the Fuji seems to be the perfect pick !

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