GA645 AND GA645w?

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    Anyone own both? Do you have both in the bag when out shooting? I have the GA645 and I constantly wonder if I would be happier with the wide version. But then I dont want to give up the one I have now.
     
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    Dante Stella's site on these discussed the wide compared to the normal. I have the 645 and the 645zi. Love both though could live with the 645 alone. But if 28mm wide perspective (in 35mm film terms) was my forte (its not I mostly prefer normal to short-tele) I'd buy the wide in a heart beat. Do you like and mostly prefer wide angle?
     
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    I find all kinds of shots that dont fit in the GA645 frame. It can be frustrating at times.
     
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    Then you have my support: get a 645wi!

    Or perhaps a GSW670 or 690?
     
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    I dont think there is a wide version of the GW670, is there? I used to own the GSW690 back in the film era. Amazing camera. Wish I didnt sell it.
     
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    The GW670 is the "normal" with the 90mm lens and the GSW is the "wide" with the 65mm lens.
     
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    Oops, right, I meant GSW690III. Sorry.
     
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    Yes, and stupidly priced at over $3500 here in China.
     
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    Yes, new prices for the GF series are pretty steep. But on the other hand they are the sweetest rangefinders Fuji has ever made. I have the normal GF670 and will likely keep it for a lifetime! It really is that good. I got mine used for about $1300.
     
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    The GF670 is not priced too bad, except here in China where a used one goes for $1800-2000. That's just too much. So I dont have one. I would buy one today if I could find it for $1300.
     
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    I say buy it if you think you will like the wide angle. I own both, though I never take them both out at the same time. Usually I will just choose one and live with that choice for the duration of whatever I'm taking the camera to. More often than not I find myself happy with the regular GA645 however I did take a trip to New York a few years ago where having the wide version was incredibly nice. Getting all those tall buildings into the frame was incredibly cool.

    And I agree the new GF670 models are crazy in price. I own the regular one that I bought under the Fuji brand used for less than a $1,000 but I have not seen one priced that low since. At $3,000 for the wide version I consider that wicked expensive (though I will admit I do want one...).
     
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    I bought my 645zi from a camera store in Japan. From here not there. It was listed as fine but came closer to nearly new, no marks, case, lens hood the works. My evaluation after shooting a couple rolls at home was during trip to Italy. I found I could get about 95% of the shots I wanted. I could have used a wider angle and a longer tele. The biggest problem was the closest distance I could get in. When you're used to getting right up close having to stay back a meter is a problem.

    The zoom is great, the focus is spot on, it's a keeper. If I were to go the wide angle and long telefoto route I'd have to use multiple lenses. Traveling with my wife doesn't lend itself to a lot of lens swapping. Although she spends a lot more time composing her Nikon Digital camera and iphone! The field is closing up now. It's better than having someone waiting on me.

    So yes I'd like a wide angle too as long as it's light and can go close in. There isn't anything wrong with my Mamiya 645. I'd have to carry extra lenses or my 105-210 ULD plus a wide angle like my 55mm or wider. I did on a Paris trip. The handle bracket works superbly. A light tripod works too but the rotation accessory is an added weight. I have one and rotating around the lens axis is great.

    A Mamiya 711 with a wide and tele would be nice.