Fuji makes some strange and wonderful cameras. Among these is the Fuji GX617. (I have the older "G" model, with a fixed 105mm lens). Using 120 roll film, the 617 takes a frame 2.25" wide by 7 inches long. Essentially, that’s half of a 5X7" sheet film! Remarkably the camera can be hand-held, though you wouldn’t want to.
The image height to width ratio is 3:1. (Click here for a discussion on aspect ratios). Also, only 4 pictures can be made per 120 roll and accurate framing isn’t easy unless a ground-glass is used, (only when the camera is empty of film, of course).
Joshua Tree National Park — 1998
The Fuji’s wide 105mm lens (there are 90mm, 105mm, 180mm and 300mm lenses available for the GX)‚ needs a 2-stop centre ND filter to provide a completely even exposure field. The shot above didnotinclude its use and you can see the subsequent darkening of the upper left and right hand sky. I should have used it. Photographs of scenes without areas of clear sky seldom require its use.
Shenandoah Sunrise — 1998
A more critical issue with the Fuji, as with all wide-format and panoramic cameras is that they must be positioned absolutely level. Anytilt whatsoever will ruin the photograph. The Fuji 617 has built in bubble-levels for this purpose.
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