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    "New" Fuji GA645i

    Just received a Fuji GA645i rangefinder from Adorama ("Ex" condition). The camera looks like it's just about new - one small scratch on the top bevel about 1/4" long. It came with soft case, manual and batteries, but no lens cap (52 mm). Compared to my Canon A2E and 5D mark II it feels quite compact and ergonomic. I'm going to run a roll of Ektar through it tomorrow to see how it performs.

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    I have Fujica GS645 with 75/3,4 lens which is older brother (or sister ;-)) of Your new camera. Images with its lens are crisp, contrast and very sharp. I think You should be happy with this camera.

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    Nice one. I had the GS645s and loved it and always regret selling it. Lens was so sharp.

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    Let us know how things workout with the camera. I have been looking at them recently and have been very tempting on taking the plunge on one.

    Congrats on the new camera, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony-S View Post
    Just received a Fuji GA645i rangefinder from Adorama ("Ex" condition). The camera looks like it's just about new - one small scratch on the top bevel about 1/4" long. It came with soft case, manual and batteries, but no lens cap (52 mm). Compared to my Canon A2E and 5D mark II it feels quite compact and ergonomic. I'm going to run a roll of Ektar through it tomorrow to see how it performs.
    I'm going to keep my GA645 for a LONG time. Compact, easy to use, light and sharp. Really excited to see how the roll of Agfacolor Ultra 50 tha tI'm shooting now comes out. If you can find a Strobe GA, they're really nice to use together. I'm still on the hunt for the Bracket GA.

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    I am a real SLR slug. I left the lens cap on for one shot today...

    Should get the film back later this afternoon, but I can say the camera handles very nicely. It's a bit clunky to unload, but that might be my inexperience.

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    You should have a lot of fun with your Fuji. I have the GA645Zi and that zoom lens is superb (also the warning when the lens cap is still on can be handy, ahem!). I can never get over how light these 645 cameras are - perfect for people travelling - and of course, they can take 220 film as well as the usual 120.

    By the way, I bought a replacement lens hood for my Fuji last week from keh.com and I noticed that they had lens caps for other Fuji 645 models in stock - might be worth checking out as they were not very expensive.

    I also managed to get hold of the Fuji GA Strobe which is a useful and reasonably powerful dedicated flash and increases the utility of these cameras. I've just spotted a couple of the GA flash brackets on ebay too. The only problem with the GA645Zi - the price keeps nudging north and that seems to hold good for most the Fuji 645 range.

    Enjoy your camera - the GA645i is a gem.

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    Well, the first shots came back mostly nice. I have a few where the focus points I thought I hit weren't what I actually hit. I was aware of this issue with this camera, so I tried to be careful with it. I'm sure I'll get used to it.

    I checked Keh for hoods and they have them for the GA645Zi, GS645 and GS645S; will any of these work on the GA645i? I also just ordered a 52mm lens cap with the attached string. That should be enough of a reminder for me (I hope).

    I'm going to run some B&W film through it next.

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    The hood's nothing special, it's a screw-in rubber non-collapsible. I'm sure you can find something from Heavystar if you strike out on a Fuji unit.

    Ektar 100's next on my list after this roll.

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    You mentioning your Fuji makes me want to get my GA645W out. It's so light, fun and easy to use, and if you can get it stopped down to about 8.0 the lens is really good. I found that wide open that the lens could be slightly disappointing, a bit soft and maybe because the wide lens focus didn't have too many steps it just couldn't get it right, esp close up. It could be down to camera shake too as with compact MF I think you want to use it like a 35mm but they are more prone to shake, especially because the lens is so slow - f4. Overall though, as a landscape, urban or otherwise, it's a super camera when it's a nice sunny day or with some 400 Provia. Don't forget to take spare battery as I found them a little hard to come by and will always fail when you are not near a specialist shop. Plus, use the data record thingy, it prints info on the edge of the film as that way you can see which aperture/speed combo is good, that's why I know.

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