Fujifilm GW690III Medium Format Rangefinder Film Camera
This used Fujifilm GW690III shows normal signs of use. Check photos for condition.
Fujifilm GW690III SN: 1010071
EBC Fujinon 90mm 1:3.5
The Fujica GW690 Professional and the nine similar models that followed it are leaf-shutter fixed-lens rangefinder cameras for 120/220 film that Fuji brought out as successors to its interchangeable-lens Fujica GL690 and Fujica GM 670 Professional models.
In addition to the Fujica GW690 Professional (the last to be called "Fujica"), the series includes the Fuji GW690II, GW670II, GSW690II, GW690III, GW680III, GW670III, GSW690III, and GSW680III (all of them "Professional"); the entire series is treated within this article.
Features (such as interchangeable film backs) normal among medium-format cameras of the time, and others (such as exposure meters) almost universal among cameras, in general, are missing in the GW690 and its successors, which look rather as if a black Leica M3 with a particularly large lens (perhaps 85mm f/1.8) had been made to a much larger scale, they are therefore often called the "Texas Leica".
The Fuji GW690III Professional, Fuji GSW690III Professional, and Fuji GW670III Professional have redesigned exteriors that emphasize curves rather than right angles and have rubberized coatings. They also have a small spirit level embedded in the top above the viewfinder eyepiece (this level has a single axis, serving only to help balance the left and right), and push-button spool release.
Despite allegations in web forums, etc., of how these new cameras are "plasticky" compared with their 1985 predecessors, the GW690III, GSW690III and GW670III weigh 20, 30, and 15 grams more than their respective predecessors.
The two 6×9 models were released in Japan in February 1992, at ¥179,000 (GW) and ¥197,000 (GSW). The 6×7 model was released in March 1992, for export only.
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