terça-feira, 29 de dezembro de 2015

Fujica Half (1963)

Fujica Half

Esta fotografia é do exemplar que possuo.


The Fujica Half was launched in 1963, in response to the extremely popular Olympus PEN half frame cameras. The Canon Demi, another Japanese half frame, was launched the same year as the Fujica Half, with a similar body design and features. These half frame cameras were mainly designed for the point-and-shoot audience, and they all had some degree of automation, and built-in selenium or CDS meters. All three competitors featured light, compact, stylish bodies, and solid metal construction. Half frame cameras weren’t a new invention in the 1960s, but the high expense of color film (vs. B+W) back then made the film economy of 72 frames on a standard roll of film very attractive indeed. The smaller negative size makes the pictures from a half frame camera slightly grainier than a full frame 35mm camera, but not significantly so on standard prints (enough for snapshots, and far better than 110 film). They all sold extremely well in the early 1960s, which is why you can find them almost everywhere. There are a few half-frame oddities, but most of the Japanese models are pretty common, and thus inexpensive to buy today.

The price of color film steadily decreased throughout the 1960s, and full frame cameras got smaller and smaller…the Rollei 35 for one example. This combined pressure eventually eroded the half-frame market, and by 1969, most of the half frame cameras were gone, or considered obsolete.

Shutter: Seikosha-L 1/30-1/300 +B
Lens: Fujinon 28mm f/2.8, 5 elements, coated, filter thread 22.5mm
Focus: Zone Focus, with close focusing to a little under 2 feet (about 0.7m)
Aperture: f/2.8 – f/22 full click stops
Operation: a Selenium Auto mode that selects a coupled aperture and shutter combo. (Full manual control of aperture and shutter possible.)
Wind: Single stroke top-mounted lever.
Flash Sync: Yes, standard X plug. Cold shoe only.
Picture size: ‘Half-Frame’ 12x18mm, 72 pictures from a standard 135/36 film.

Selenium-cell operated. Fuji jumped into the half-frame war the same year that Canon did. In fact, their first half-frame -- the Fuji Half -- had a camera body that looked a lot like the Canon Demi. The features were similar as well. Auto or manual exposure with selenium meter next to the viewfinder. One nice feature was the aperture/shutter speed readout in the viewfinder. The scale runs from 1/250 at f22 down to 1/30 at f2.8. In auto mode, the camera selected the correct f-stop/shutter speed combination and displayed the results. In manual mode, both the aperture and the shutter speed could be set individually -- unlike the Demi. It had a 28mm (f2.8 - 22) focusing lens. Close focusing to two feet. Speeds B, 30, 60, 125, 300. Fujica Half has Self-timer and cold shoe for flash, also tripod socket and cable release socket. Film speeds of 12 to 200. PC contact.


Só existe um modelo. A minha tem o n.º de série 307884.


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