I'm sure most TOP readers are aware that, a couple of years ago, Fuji introduced the GF670 (also badged as the Voigtländer Bessa III 667), a multi-format modern replica of the classic medium-format folder. The camera has been a good seller considering what a small niche it occupies, surprisingly popular especially in Japan.
So now Fuji has announced a wide-angle version, the Fuji GF670W Professional. The standard 670 has a fixed 80mm ƒ/3.5 lens on a collapsible bellows; the 670W will have a fixed non-extensible 55mm ƒ/4.5. The new camera will be available in Japan on March 23rd.
(Thanks to Oren)
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Featured [partial] Comment by Mike Plews: "A quick check of Ebay shows a Plaubel W67 with a 55mm Nikkor and an asking price of four grand. Clearly this will scratch someone's itch."
Mike replies: Good luck to the buyer of that $4k Plaubel. Those Makinas—at least in some SN ranges—were notorious for fragile advance mechanisms. I had several friends who used Plaubel Makinas for serious work, and each had one or more film-advance failures necessitating expensive repairs. One friend had it happen so many times that he put the cameras in a closet and forgot about them...he said that otherwise his anger about the breakdowns would have taken over his life.
I was glad to learn that trick from him; I later used his strategy with a particularly balky tube amp that cost me a fortune but that worked—between repairs—for a cumulative total of a handful of hours. I finally took my friend's lead and just put it in the closet and washed my hands of it. It was good advice. The anger I found myself stewing in over that amp was not good for my health, I'm sure.
Featured Comment by Richard: "Well, include me in with the Japanese! I've had the Voigtländer Bessa III for over a year, and it's a joy. Not sure I will go for the wideangle version though, because one of the great things about the Bessa is its pocketability when folded."