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

By irvb

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

Comment posted: 15/11/2020

4 and 5 do it for me. And I’m now looking on ebay, what have you done ????????
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Adam Laws on 5 frames with a Fujica GW690 and a roll of Cinestill 50D – By Irv Bartlett

Comment posted: 07/10/2018

These images have induced a crazy ammount of GAS. Beautiful work - very inspiring.
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Dean Dent on 5 frames with a Fujica GW690 and a roll of Cinestill 50D – By Irv Bartlett

Comment posted: 07/10/2018

Wow, these are really beautiful. 6x9 just has a 'bigness' about it
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Matt Williams on 5 frames with a Fujica GW690 and a roll of Cinestill 50D – By Irv Bartlett

Comment posted: 08/09/2018

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 6x9 medium format camera were cropped in some way.
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irvb replied:

Comment posted: 08/09/2018

Good question! Yes they are cropped slightly as the lab I use only has a 6x7 mask for their scanner, so there’s a little more Cinestill goodness on the negs. Irv

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

Comment posted: 01/09/2018

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

Comment posted: 01/09/2018

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

Comment posted: 31/08/2018

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

Comment posted: 31/08/2018

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.

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

Comment posted: 31/08/2018

My favorite is no. 3, the one with the fence. Beautiful.
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Flavio Colker replied:

Comment posted: 31/08/2018

DEfinitely.

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