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Finally got a "Texas Leica"!

 
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Jun 24, 2017 09:06 |  #1

I've been wanting one of these for many years. I finally won one on Ebay for a price I was willing to spend, and it is in exellent condition, where most are pretty worn looking.

So, what is it? It's a Fuji G690 BL medium format rangefinder. It's been known as a Texas Leica because it's HUGE (nearly 5 lbs), almost cartoon size and it's similarity to a Leica M3. It takes 6cm x 9cm medium format negatives.

Here's a shot of it next to my Canon L2 Rangefinder

IMAGE: https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4255/35365909641_231a624502_o.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/VTaw​NM  (external link) Fuji G690 BL (external link) by Andrew Marjama (external link), on Flickr


I also ran a test roll through it yesterday to make sure everything was working. It seems to work at all sped and the rangefinder is spot on. These are nothing special, just some shots from around my shop. Because of the very large negative, I only get 8 shots per roll.

IMAGE: https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4240/35496473085_e7ff1b8167_o.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/W5GG​LD  (external link) G690BL Test 1 (external link) by Andrew Marjama (external link), on Flickr

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/VT9c​Et  (external link) G690BL Test 2 (external link) by Andrew Marjama (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4255/35496472705_ef1e47ed44_o.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/W5GG​E6  (external link) G690BL Test 3 (external link) by Andrew Marjama (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4263/35456983416_a6d9ef8cca_o.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/W2di​Sh  (external link) G690BL Test 4 (external link) by Andrew Marjama (external link), on Flickr


Since this is very similar to an M3, handling and using it is very easy. It is the fastest medium format camera I've ever used, just what I wanted! I'll probably be taking it up into the high country tomorrow for some hiking and photography.

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Jun 24, 2017 10:52 |  #2

You have to try it with slide film. Those big slides. Mmmmm.



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Jun 25, 2017 00:32 |  #3

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Colorado CJ wrote in post #18385805 (external link)
I'll probably be taking it up into the high country tomorrow for some hiking and photography.

That sounds absolutely wonderful! . Please be sure to check back in and let us know how that goes.

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Jun 25, 2017 19:15 |  #4

Couple more from my second roll through the G690.

I race FPV Racing Quads in MultiGP, here are a few photos I took during yesterday's race, and one on the way back home.

IMAGE: https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4284/35405072801_93d4beac0a_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/VWCf​DF  (external link) G690 BL Roll 2- 5 (external link) by Andrew Marjama (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4258/35514519505_d726b53c5c_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/W7ic​kP  (external link) G690 BL Roll 2- 2 (external link) by Andrew Marjama (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4266/34704826593_549ea0ab6a_c.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/USKi​Rc  (external link) G690 BL Roll 2- 3 (external link) by Andrew Marjama (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4281/35496257216_006cb0aeb6_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/W5FA​AL  (external link) G690 BL Roll 2- 4 (external link) by Andrew Marjama (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4215/34704874443_b892a5b64e_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/USKy​5c  (external link) G690 BL Roll 2- 1 (external link) by Andrew Marjama (external link), on Flickr

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Jun 25, 2017 19:16 |  #5

Ranie Dib wrote in post #18385861 (external link)
You have to try it with slide film. Those big slides. Mmmmm.

6x9 slides are great, 4x5 slides are even better! I plan on shooting both slide and C41 with this camera.


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Jun 25, 2017 19:17 |  #6

Tom Reichner wrote in post #18386337 (external link)
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That sounds absolutely wonderful! . Please be sure to check back in and let us know how that goes.

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I didn't end up getting into the mountains today, but I will soon. I'll be sure to post what I capture in this thread.


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Jun 28, 2017 12:22 |  #7

Man the DoF is insane on that. I'm stuck here with my baby leica (Olympus XA), but someday I hope to own a real leica :-D


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