I was lucky to find one of these cameras in the late1980s Fuji GS645 6×4.5 rangefinder camera I have fell in love with both medium format again and also the size of the folding cameras such as the Fuji Professional film camera range. I have always shot medium format film before I bought my Mamiya RZ67 Pro II.
Fuji GF670 Camera 6x6
For portraiture I find the 6×9 format of the popular Fuji GW690 a bit of an over kill. I already have a 6×9 folder, a 1930s Russian Moskva-5 and it is nice for landscapes but I tend not to use it for model photography. I reviewed many other rangefinder medium format cameras – Mamiya 6, Mamiya 7, Bronica RF645 to name a few but I like the size of the Fuji 6×7 GF670 / Voigtlander Bessa III. It seemed the best 120 folding camera for my needs.
1.6×6 and 6×7 film format options – Works as a 6×6 rangefinder and 6×7 rangefinder camera! I love 6×6 format especially, same as my ARAX-CM
2.Accepts 120 and 220 medium format roll film – will use 120 as cheaper and more available
3.Rangefinder focusing – After using Leicas I now much prefer rangefinder camera focusing. This Fuji 6×7 rangefinder will be like a high power Leica!
4. Bright clear viewfinder with auto 6×6 / 6×7 lines – the GS645 is tough to focus wide open
5.Leaf shutter lens – flash sync speeds up to 1/500 (great for strobist work)
6.Compact Size – super slimline 120 folding camera design means I can now shoot with medium format on my travels
7.Reliability – a modern film camera offers better reliability than vintage cameras for weddings
8.Crazy Sharp Optics – EBC Fujiion 80mm f3.5 lens for high resolution and contrast wide open
9. Built in light meter – unlike my Fujica GS645 or Leica M2 so nice to have for emergencies
10. Medium format rangefinder camera – Fuji 6×7 (& 6×6) formats offers superior details, resolution, tones and lattitude to 35mm format.
Strictly speaking rangefinder cameras are more popular for street photography, travel photography and landscape photography. That said I shoot mostly with Leica rangefinder cameras for all styles of photography, and especially portraiture, models and weddings. Yes the fixed lens GF670 rangefinder do not offer the shallow depth of field of say my Mamiya RZ67 Pro II with a Mamiya Sekor 110mm f2.8 lens attached or the popular Contax 645 but if you understand DOF and how to shoot I am quietly confident I can get some nice shallow depth portraits from the GF670. The GF670 focuses as close as 0.9m and the lens is approximately equivalent to a 41mm f1.8 lens on a 35mm film camera when shooting 6×6 film.