So what if you don't need no steenkeeng medium-format digital Fuji? According to FujiRumors, B&H Photo has found a few brand-new Fuji GF670's in its warehouse, and will be shipping them on the 25th.
The GF670 was a new, modernized version of a classic medium-format folder. Unlike most classics, it is dual-format—you can set it to shoot square or 6x7. The lens is a very fine 80mm ƒ/3.5. The camera was jointly developed by Fujifilm and Cosina, was built by Cosina, and was also sold as a Voigtländer. Introduced in 2008, it ended its run a couple of years ago.
And if you'd like an authentic, historical folder, check out Jurgen at Certo6. He restores older folders to working condition. The "Rolls-Royce" late models are the Zeiss Zuper Ikontas and the superb Agfa Super Isolette, but an earlier one might be more fiddly and more fun, and a better conversation piece.
(Thanks to James Boykin)
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Peter Wright: "Interesting post! The only medium format cameras I own are a GF670 bought from B&H, and an Agfa Super Isolette bought from Jurgen at Certo6! (The Agfa came with the original leather case.) I've had both for several years now and can't imagine parting with either. These are genuine coupled ranger-finder cameras producing great negs or slides and really satisfying to use. (I tried out Hasselblad, which is better built, but never hit the sweet spot for me.) I really think an extended period with one of these cameras will teach you lots about photography—something along the lines of the 'Leica for a year' approach."
Andrew Lamb: "My favourite camera is a 70-year-old Super Ikonta. Wonderful bit of engineering. Have owned it for 25 years and would never part with it. On a point of order, Jurgen also sings the praises of the Bessa II but I don't think they're a patch on the Super Ikonta or Super Isolette. Amongst other gripes, the 6x9 neg never seems to be held very flat thus making the camera incapable of showing off the lens to its best."
Stephen Gilbert: "How to tell you're a gear head: you have no desire to shoot film, but still covet the Fuji folder."
Mike replies: Amen, bro.