Fuji GX680

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right-/rear-view of Fuji GX680III Professional Body with Standard-Bellows, closed Folding Waist-level Finder and 1m Remote-Release III
left-/front-view of Fuji GX680III Professional Body with Standard-Bellows and closed Folding Waist-level Finder
Fuji GX680III Professional Body with Long-Bellows, 40mm Extension Rail Set, Magnifier Hood, Roll Film Holder IIIN (landscape orientation) and EBC Fujinon Lens GX 300mm 1:6.3 (Tilt down, Shift up)
Fuji GX680III Professional Body with Long-Bellows, Folding Waist-level Finder, Roll Film Holder IIIN (landscape orientation) and EBC Fujinon Lens GX 210mm 1:5.6 (Tilt left, Shift left)
Fuji GX680III Professional Body with Long-Bellows, Folding Waist-level Finder with flipped up Magnifier, Roll Film Holder IIIN (portrait orientation) and EBC Fujinon Lens GX 250mm 1:5.6 with mounted Bellows Lens Shade II
Fuji GX680III Professional Body with Standard-Belows, Folding Waist-level Finder, Roll Film Holder IIIN (landscape orientation) and EBC Fujinon Len GX MD 125mm 1:3.2 with mounted Lens Hood GX80mm
Fuji GX680III Professional Body with Extendes Wideangel Bellows, Folding Waist-level Finder, EBC Fujinon Lens GX 65mm 1:5.6 and opened Instant Film Holder II
back-view of opened Roll Film Holder IIIN with replaceable Film-Cassettes III 120 and 220 for Fuji GX680III Professional
filmside-view of Roll Film Holder IIIN (without Format-Mask in the format 6x8cm) with depicted Format-Masks 6x4.5cm, 6x6cm, 6x7cm for Fuji GX680III Professional
Fuji GX680III Professional viewfinder-mask in portrait-position with Focusing-Screen B
Fuji GX680III Professional viewfinder-mask in landscape-position with Focusing-Screen B
Fuji GX680III Professional with interchangeable Focusing-Screen 6x4.5cm
Fuji GX680III Professional Body with Standard-Bellows, angled AE-Viewfinder III, Roll Film Holder IIIN (landscape orientation), EBC Fujinon Zoom-Lens GX M 100-200mm 1:5.6 with Lens Hood, Support-Ring and -Rail
Mounting the Long-Bellows on Fuji GX680III Professional

The Fuji GX680 is a single lens reflex system camera for medium format film produced by Fujifilm with interchangeable camera lenses and interchangeable film holders for the unusual film format 6x8cm on 60mm roll film type 120 and 220. One highlight is the mounting of the lens on a lens board running on a rail connecting lens and camera body by a bellows like a view camera. In contrast to related medium-format-cameras of other makers, e.g. Mamiya RB67 and RZ67 and Rolleiflex SL66, the lens board can be shifted right, left, up and down for perspective control, the lens board can also be tilted on horizontal and vertical axis for control of depth of field using the Scheimpflug principle. Therefore the Fuji GX680 has the optical skills of a large format camera, only limited by restricted movability of the lens board, enabling the camera also for architectural photography. The Fuji GX680 has quite large physical dimensions for a medium-format-camera, but compared to studio-large-format-cameras the Fuji GX680 is a somewhat more compact model. Although the Fuji GX680 was designed for studio-work due to its size and weight, a neck-strap was offered for mobile work.

The Fuji GX 680 has been built in 3 model variants (numbers in parentheses are the production periods):

  • Fuji GX 680 (1989–1995)
  • Fuji GX 680 II (1995–1998)
  • Fuji GX 680 III (1998–2007)

The 3 models differ externally only by slight modifications on displays, controls and rechargeable battery versus battery.

There is a second variant of the model III called GX 680 III S, missing the tilt- and shift-movements of the lens board (but movement of the lens board for focusing is possible).

About 18 interchangeable camera lenses, some viewfinders and focusing screens, film holders (also for instant film), different bellows and extension rail sets for close ups were offered.

Comparison of Model-Specifications[edit]

GX 680 GX 680 II GX 680 III
Power Source rechargeable battery (7.2V) 3x CR123A batteries (9V), optional battery holder
Display LEDs LCD
Acoustic and optical warning on errors Yes
Lenses EBC Fujinon GX or EBC Fujinon GXM1
Display Filmcounter Counter for camera & filmholder Counter for camera, filmholder & lens2
Automatic filmadvance to 1. picture and after last picture Yes
Data recording on film possible No Yes, with film holder III
Film 120/220 type 6 cm roll film3
Formats Portrait/Landscape by revolving the film holder, viewfinder mask coupled to the revolving film holder shows the actual orientation4
6x8cm (56x76mm) 6x8cm (56x76mm), 6x7cm5 (56x69mm),

6x6cm5 (56x56mm), 6x4.5 cm5 (56x41.5mm)

Lens-Shift, max.6 15mm right, left, up; 13mm down
Lens-Tilt, max.6 ±12° on horizontal and vertical axis
Communications connector7 No Yes
Shutter Speed 1/400s-8s, Bulb
Exposure Frequency (via motor-film-advance in film-holder) ca. 1 frame/s
ISO (manual setting on film-holder or automatic setting via film bar code system) 25-1600 25-3200
Mounting for neck-strap (sidewise eyelets on body) No, extra neck-strap-set available Yes
Flash-synchro-socket, -test-button, hot accessory shoe on lens board Yes
Exposure-Programs Manual (set Exposure-Time and Aperture manually),

Auto Exposure AE (Aperture priority, set Aperture manually, automatic setting of Shutter Speed depending on ISO-setting on film-holder in combination with Exposuremeter in AE-Finder)

OTF8-Exposure-Warning, -Display Yes, displayed via LEDs Yes, displayed via LCD
OTF-Sensitivity LW 4-18 at ISO 100 LW 5-19 at ISO 100
TTL-Light- & -Flashlight-Measure8 No, only via AE-Finder
Weight 4146g9 4256g9 III: 4070g10, 2690g11

IIIS: 3720g10, 2350g11

Dimensions10 187mm (B), 278mm (L), 207mm (H) III: 188mm (B), 274mm (L), 213mm (H); IIIS: 188mm (B), 274mm (L), 187mm (H)

1The GXM-Lenses were introduced with GX680 III. An electronic Picture-Counter was included in the lenses, allowing the Fuji GX680 III together with film-holder III to show the counter for the film-holder, the camera and the lens for maintenance purposes. GXM-Lenses can be used on models GX680 and GX680 II, but show no counter there.

2Counter for lens only with GXM-Lenses and film-holder III

3120 and 220 type roll-film used different film-holders on models GX680 and GX680 II; model GX680 III used different replaceable film-cassettes in the same film-holder

4only viewable with 6x8 and 6x7 focusing screens on model GX680 III

5needs adequate format-mask for film-holder III, adapt viewer by matching focusing screen with imprinted format border, changing of film-mask in the middle of a roll is not possible.

6effective movement can be reduced by 50mm Lens or 100-200mm Zoom-Lens, also by combining different movements with any lens; model GX 680 III S has no Lens-Shift or -Tilt

7enables mounting of Fujifilm DBP Digital Back

8OTF=Off The Film, during the exposure a Silicium-Diode inside the camera-body measures the light reflected by the film in a central 25mm diameter circle, displays: over-/under- or correct-exposure after taking the picture; no Flash Control via OTF possible

9Camera-Body with Lens 135mm/1:5.6, filmh-holder and rechargeable battery

10Camera-Body with Lens 135mm/1:5.6 and film-hoöder, without (rechargeable) batteries

11only Camera-Body, without batteries

Parts & Controls[edit]

The listed Controls and Parts are available on the camera:

  • Shutter release button
  • Power off & film advance (Single/Continuous/Multi) mode selector
  • Film wind button (following a multi-exposure)
  • Mirror up/down switch
  • Shutter speed selector dial (including Bulb and Auto Exposure)
  • Aperture adjustment & stop-down levers (both are part of the lens)
  • Focusing knobs and Focus lock lever
  • Tilt and Shift knobs and locks
  • Hot shoe (on lens board)
  • Flash synchro socket
  • Flash synchro test button
  • Remote control shutter release socket
  • Communications connector (only model III)
  • Spirit level
  • Revolving film-holder lock release button
  • Viewfinder lock release lever
  • Lens lock lever
  • Battery-/rechargeable battery compartment
  • LEDs or LCD

Lenses[edit]

All EBC Fujinon GX(M) Lenses have been equipped with a Central shutter (Flash synchronization is possible at all shutter-speeds), the lenses have good reputations. Electric contacts on the lens board and the lenses have been used to control the central shutter. The shutter in all lenses is electronic and made by Seiko.

Lens Focal Length (mm) 35mm-equiv. Focal Length Max Aperture Min Aperture Filter (mm) Mass (g) Dimensions (mm) Elements/Groups MSRP (x1000 yen)[1] Notes
EBC Fujinon 50mm f/5.6 GX (M) 50 23 5.6 45 112 1250 115.0 × 115.0 × 125.0 12/9 267 only lens that cannot be used with entire range of camera movements due to smaller image circle
EBC Fujinon 65mm f/5.6 GX (M) 65 30 5.6 45 95 1190 107.0 × 107.0 × 116.0 10/9 225
EBC Fujinon 80mm f/5.6 GX (M) 80 37 5.6 45 95 1100 101.0 × 107.0 × 113.0 8/8 190
EBC Fujinon 100mm f/4.0 GX (M) 100 46 4.0 45 82 910 101.0 × 107.0 × 101.0 8/8 147
EBC Fujinon 115mm f/3.2 GX MD 115 53 3.2 32 95 870 101.0 × 107.0 × 95.0 8/6 183
EBC Fujinon 125mm f/3.2 GX MD 125 57 3.2 32 95 895 101.0 × 107.0 × 96.0 8/6 178
EBC Fujinon 125mm f/5.6 GX (M) 125 57 5.6 45 82 545 101.0 × 107.0 × 80.0 6/5 142
EBC Fujinon 135mm f/5.6 GX (M) 135 62 5.6 45 82 565 101.0 × 107.0 × 79.0 6/6 122 the most common "kit lens" for this system
EBC Fujinon 150mm f/4.5 GX (M) 150 69 4.5 45 82 705 101.0 × 107.0 × 91.0 6/4 153
EBC Fujinon 180mm f/3.2 GX MD 180 82 3.2 32 95 1030 101.0 × 107.0 × 105.0 7/5 160
EBC Fujinon 180mm f/5.6 GX (M) 180 82 5.6 45 82 800 101.0 × 107.0 × 104.0 6/6 195
EBC Fujinon 190mm f/8.0 GX SF 190 87 8.0 64 82 690 101.0 × 107.0 × 104.0 3/3 156 has unique aperture design for soft out-of-focus regions
EBC Fujinon 210mm f/5.6 GX (M) 210 96 5.6 64 82 835 101.0 × 107.0 × 103.0 5/5 160
EBC Fujinon 250mm f/5.6 GX (M) 250 115 5.6 64 82 925 101.0 × 107.0 × 105.0 5/4 164
EBC Fujinon 300mm f/6.3 GX (M) 300 137 6.3 64 82 1100 101.0 × 107.0 × 139.0 5/5 229
EBC Fujinon 500mm f/8.0 GX (M) 500 229 8.0 64 82 1660 101.0 × 107.0 × 245.0 6/6 395 supplied with an optional mounting rail, which stabilizes the lens but disallows camera movements entirely, tilt functions not useable
EBC Fujinon 100-200mm f/5.6 GX (M) 100-200 46-92 5.6 64 105 2150 118.5 × 118.5.0 × 176.0 14/11 398 optional (not supplied) mount of support rail under the camera and a support ring on the lens is necessary, tilt functions not usable, 80mm rail extension can not be used

A Lens Board Adapter Accessory permits the use of large-format camera lenses fitting Linhof Technika type lens boards, but the shutter of these lenses is not controlled by the Fuji GX680, so only Bulb-Speed can be used.

Accessories[edit]

As the Fuji GX680 series are system cameras there is a wide range of accessories:

  • Folding waist level viewfinder (default accessory)
  • Magnifier hood
  • AE viewfinder FL (view from above), AE angled viewfinder (view from behind) - each equipped with Exposure Meter (including flash)
  • Neck-strap (model III default accessory) & Neck-strap-set
  • Extension Rail Set 40mm, since model II also 80mm - to extend the 65mm Focus-Rail
  • 1m and 5m Remote Release
  • Instant film-holder
  • 120/220 roll-film-holder (since film-holder III only one type of holder with two different replaceable film-cassettes for 120 and 220 type film, additional format-masks)
  • Focusing Screens (especially for different formats on model III)
  • Bellows for long focus-movement or wideangle-lenses
  • Digital Back Fujifilm DBP for GX680 (other makers digital backs can also be mounted to Fuji GX 680 by interchangeable mounts, most digital backs have smaller formats than 6x4.5 cm)
  • Film-Holder Adaptors for Hasselblad 6x6, Contax 645 and Mamiya 645 backs
  • Bellows-Lens-Shades, Lens-Hoods
  • Dioptric Correction Lenses for folding waist-level viewfinder
  • Carrying Case
  • Rechargeable Battery, Charger, Battery Holder

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GX680III / IIIS Professional" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-08-25. 

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