Buying a GW690, what to look for?
Hey there guys,
New to the forum, and am really liking what I see so far, I thinking of buying a Fuji GW as I found one at a good will store the other day and had a little play around with it.
I wouldn't be using it as a prime camera, but it would be a cool thing to have when I don't mind lugging something rather bulky and heavy.
Have any of you had any experiences with these cameras? things to look out for, other opinions worth notice?
Also how much should I be looking at spending roughly? this one was priced at $200 which seemed a lot for thrift shop pricing but was interesting enough to get my attention.
Thanks in advance.
They are good cameras, and once you are used to the size and weight they handle easily and they don't seem as bulky anymore.
I am not sure what they are worth now but it is dependent on what version and condition it is in. The Gw series has three makes, the 1 has a cold shoe, the 2nd has a hotshoe and fixed hood, the 3rd has a redone contoured plastic body housing (still metal under) and quick spool ejection buttons. 1 & 2 models are most affordable, ver. 3 is only cheap when they are sold with a cracked body near the screw holes or high shutter count. All three models have a shutter count underneath, it's a 3 digit number that counts every 10 shots. Fuji recommended @ 500 for a cla, and at 999-1000 when it flips back to 0 for a shutter replacement. Be warned though, it is possible to reset the numbers, kinda like rolling back an odometer. If a body looks well used but has a very low number someone has messed with it or it has gone around the 1000 mark.
The lenses didn't change through the models, so pick the one with the features you like and the price range you are shooting for. You won't regret this clown sized camera. The negatives are amazing and the prints from them equally so.
If you like a wider lens the gsw version is also a great camera. It gives a fov of about a 28mm eqiv. on 35mm.
I have both and did a trip to Glacier natl Park with them and have super negs to show for it. They are great since the lenses are really view camera quality lenses. Really. 6x9negs with those lenses have to be good negs and will print like they should. Have good fun there. I also did power plants along the Catawba river in South Carolina before they went all security whacko and let me take great pictures of the old generators. Great stuff, too.
Thanks so much guys, this is exact;y the kind of information i was after. Brilliant. Im going to go down and see if it is still at that shop.
If its still there, I may be. But wouldn't mind having a look at this GSW. Thanks again guys.
I have a GW670 II and a GSW690 III and love using them. Negs and resulting prints are great. I have lugged them both hiking around Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park. I think you'll love the photos you get from the Fuji.
Good luck, I hope it is still there for you.
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I was shooting my gsw690 yesterday. I love the sharpness of the lens. Wish it had a meter though.
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I recently bought both a GW690II and GSW690II. I really like the results I've been getting with them. The lenses are incredibly sharp. The meter issue doesn't bother me, as I use a separate spot meter, but do understand those that would like to have an internal meter.
$200 seems like a very good price, assuming the camera is in good condition. When I researched before purchase, the one issue I was told to look for was negative spacing. It hasn't been a problem with mine, but something to look for when you put a few rolls through it.
It was a gw690III i believe, the body was abit scratched and used, but hey that doesn't really matter, the lens was the 90mm it seemed like it was fairly wear free glass. Frame lines looked good, Viewfinder was a bit dirty inside, but i assume its a fairly easy clean. I didn't even notice the shutter counter. I will go back and see if it is still at the shop, ill get it, and if I find that it has issues, maybe i can on sell it for parts for close to what I buy it for so as not to loose out on it.
Obviously I wont be able to check negative spacing until I actually use it, short of firing a roll of film inside the shop, developing and returning again later. I dont know, the store is pretty far from where i live to warrant even trying to do that.
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You should snatch it up before one of us figures out where it is. 200 for the iii three version is a great deal.
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I dont mind if one of you get it, it is at "Save the children" store in i think Balcatta, Western Australia.
The women in the shop asked, why I would want to buy such a huge old out of date camera?
I was confused, because most of the stuff in that store is priced for $5 so obviously someone saw the value of it when they priced it.
Anyway, Ill go check it out tomorrow.