Fujica GW690 / Cinestill 50D
5 frames with...

5 frames with a Fujica GW690 and a roll of Cinestill 50D – By Irv Bartlett

August 31, 2018

As a young man in the early 90s I shot mainly with a Nikon F801s and a Seagull 6×6. Always wanting a “proper” medium format camera the nearest I got was picking up a brochure for a Fuji GW670III (probably from the long gone City Camera Exchange in Western Rd, Brighton).

Fast forward 25 years and amongst old magazines in my loft I found that old GW670 brochure – which led me back to film, a Lubitel, an Ensign Selfix 16-20, and finally, I’ve scratched that medium format Fuji itch last month, when I bought a battered old eBay GW690 from Japan.

This coincided with a holiday to Wales (staying at the highly recommended tybeic.com), so I crammed some Cinestill 50D, Provia 100F & Portra 160 in my new film case (again, highly recommended from zaidmade) and set off. I’d cycled over the beautiful Hirnant Pass previously, and thought it would be an ideal testing ground for my GW690 and some Cinestill 50D, intrigued how its motion picture film stock emulsion would render all that green.

Fujica GW690 / Cinestill 50D

With tripod, hotshoe spirit level, iPhone light meter and a miniature dachshund for distraction (don’t even ask), I wasn’t quite sure what would emerge.

An initial exposure with the lens cap in place (rangefinder newbie error!) meant only 7 6x9cm negatives left on the 120 roll (bought from Zoing Image and processed and scanned by Colourstream in Brighton).  Here are my 5 favourites – the GW690 and Cinestill are both here to stay.

Fujica GW690 / Cinestill 50D

The Hirnant Pass, Berwyn Mountains, Wales.
Copyright: Irv Bartlett 2018

Fujica GW690 / Cinestill 50D

The Hirnant Pass, Berwyn Mountains, Wales.
Copyright: Irv Bartlett 2018

Fujica GW690 / Cinestill 50D

The Hirnant River, Berwyn Mountains, Wales.
Copyright: Irv Bartlett 2018

Fujica GW690 / Cinestill 50D

The Hirnant River, Berwyn Mountains, Wales.
Copyright: Irv Bartlett 2018

Fujica GW690 / Cinestill 50D

The Hirnant River, Hirnant Valley, Berwyn Mountains, Wales.
Copyright: Irv Bartlett 2018

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Reinhold
    August 31, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    My favorite is no. 3, the one with the fence. Beautiful.

  • Reply
    John
    August 31, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Irv – These are terrific. I guess the Cine film is responsible for the interesting palette?
    Best
    John

    • Reply
      Irv
      September 1, 2018 at 8:09 am

      Hi John, yes, I’ve shot 50D before at the beach and there was a cyan/ blue cast so was interested to see how it treated green. The 2nd image in the article with the back of the gw690 was taken with my Fuji X-T20, so you can see more true to life colours.

  • Reply
    Stu
    September 1, 2018 at 12:26 am

    Beautiful

  • Reply
    carlos albisu
    September 1, 2018 at 7:08 am

    I am not a fan of landscape photography, but the combination of cinestill and fujica really works. Specially liking the composition on the first one, beautiful.

  • Reply
    Matt Williams
    September 8, 2018 at 3:43 am

    Love the results of Cinestill + landscape photos.

    Question though: are these cropped photos? All of them appear to be 4:3 aspect ratio, aside from the second which appears to be 16:9. So the 4:3 photos are much narrower than they should be and the 16:9 is much wider. Is there a reason for this? I’m just curious, because I found it strange that all five example photos from a 6×9 medium format camera were cropped in some way.

    • Reply
      irvb
      September 8, 2018 at 7:16 am

      Good question! Yes they are cropped slightly as the lab I use only has a 6×7 mask for their scanner, so there’s a little more Cinestill goodness on the negs.

      Irv

  • Reply
    Dean Dent
    October 7, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Wow, these are really beautiful. 6×9 just has a ‘bigness’ about it

  • Reply
    Adam Laws
    October 7, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    These images have induced a crazy ammount of GAS. Beautiful work – very inspiring.

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