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    Fujifilm GA645Zi

    Italy is getting closer in my sights so I needed to figure out exactly which film camera to take on our anniversery vacation. You know the trip that's supposed to be a second honeymoon. Our 40th that is. I'm nearly a hundred and fifty now so the 8x10 view camera is out.

    I finally decided to take the advice of a very smart friend, Mark Barendt, who suggested some time back that the GA645Zi would be a great camera for travel. Well Mark it arrived from Japan today.

    This is a work of art. I just can't find a fault. Mine is as close to new as one can get. Not one small scratch on it. The camera shop listed it as mint. That's a common word thrown out there so I had my fingers crossed. Fuji runs a couple of hundred test fires on its cameras so who ever had this one must have shot some film in the shop because it has had a few dozen rolls run through it.

    There is a camera, case, lens cap, lens hood, neck strap. It did take some time to enter the data in but all is now intuitive. The standard orientation is portrait do the camera is turned for landscape. I'm going to love this travel camera. Oh, it has a flash and is either all automatic, manual, or aperture and the autofocus zoom lens can be set to manual too. It also reads and sets Fujifilm rolls. Let's see, Fujicolor? I haven't shot color film in ages!

    $600.00 US.

    Curt

    Thanks Mark for putting that bug in my ear!

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    Pictures, please.

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    Awesome. I love mine.
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    "Well, my photos are actually much better than they look..."

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    You will not be disappointed. Some of my best images this year were with this camera. It is really easy to handhold to very low shutter speeds.

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    ...if that 8x10 is becoming too much....
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    Very good camera. I have several framed photos on the wall from it.

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    I've had mine for maybe 10 years and still think it's great. My display has the common problem of dropping a digit now and then but I'm used to it. I did get the instruction book with it and it did help me out in a few cases. But I'm one of those people who like to read the instruction books.

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    I read the instruction book and set the information in. Without the instructions getting the sequence for entries would have been nearly impossible. It's a complex camera behind that ease of use.

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    I bought a GA645zi recently in excellent shape, and I've found that by and large, it's an excellent performer! Its focus locked onto pine trees and other things that I thought would confuse its autofocus system. The lens is extremely sharp, and it reads the bar codes on Fuji film. I do wish that it would meter at 3200, but what the hey, can't have everything!

    The lens is quite sharp, and I haven't yet seen any flare problems that I've seen on other zoom lenses. It doesn't lend itself to "decisive moment" pictures unless the focus is manually set, but it's a very competent performer.

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    I love mine, and consider it an ideal vacation/travel camera. I have more pictures on the wall from this camera than any other, and I have a lot of nice cameras to choose from. I recently did an overview of it on YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_pybwbc0tQ

    and some of my photos (quite varying in quality, but all my responsibility), on flickr:

    http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=7619...fuji%20ga645zi

    Hope it helps others evaluate this camera for their own purposes.

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