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|Infinite diversity in infinite components|
|Evolution of Fuji Medium Format Rangefinders|
Yes, a freaky promo picture from "New
and Dynamic Horizons with the Fujica G690"
Plastics: the urban myth of the Fuji RF: People constantly complain that the GW and later Fuji RFs (particularly the III series are "plastic." This is nonsense. The camera has a pretty hefty metal content, demonstrating that the camera has gradually evolved from the G690 rather than being a remake of it.
(1) The III series is not light. In fact, a GSW690III weighs about the same as a GW670II, which is only about a pound lighter than a G690 with a lens. The major weight savings appears to have come with the elimination of the interchangeable lens mount. If this camera had a plastic structure, you would expect it to be a lot lighter.
(2) The external parts are in fact plastic, but the frame is still die-cast and the back is stamped metal. The lens barrel is also metal (I can see that from some pinpoint finish marks...). This was the same situation with the GA645 - people think that because it has plastic covers, it must be plastic. Of course, plastic and rounded corners makes it feel "lighter..." Erwin Puts'"haptics" in action.
(3) You can see that the attachment screw locations for the covers have not changed one whit since the G690BL - telling me that this is probably the same or similar tooling for the main casting. I would tend to doubt that enough of any one model was made to justify the tooling costs for a complex body casting. These were never cheap cameras to buy new.
Why the funky "T" setting? I learned through some discussions with Greg Weber in relation to some Koni-Omega stuff that the "B" setting on many Copal-type shutters is activated by a pawl that can get bent if the shutter speeds are changed on a cocked lens (regardless of what the speed is and what it is being changed to). Fuji's T setting may be a response to that problem.
Bottom Line: Hard to lose with any of these.