A few images from recently shot Fuji Acros 100 film, on the Fuji GSW690iii camera. The GSW690 is a 6×9 medium format camera with a fixed 65mm f/5.6 lens. The lens image quality is really stunning and its 28mm focal length (35mm equivalent) makes it a superb wide angle lens for landscapes. The camera is a fully mechanical rangefinder, there is no internal meter, it uses no batteries. Its like a Leica M on steroids (you will see many referrals to it as the TEXAS LEICA).
Although you can easily use this camera handheld (if the light of course is enough,since its an f/5.6 max aperture camera), I mostly use it on a tripod. With 6×9 format, you will usually shoot above f/11 aperture to have a large other of field, so a tripod will ensure you get the maximum sharpness out of this fantastic lens. Scanned with the Nikon Coolscan 9000, will get you plenty of information for a large print. I calculate the resolution to be equal or a little above the Nikon D800E (based on my personal comparisons). With b&w film, you will get great tonality (medium format is known for this feature) and with a Velvia slide you can produce stunning looking landscapes.
Fuji Acros 100 is a great b&w film with superb reciprocity failure behavior. You don’t to compensate for reciprocity until 2 minutes exposure, which is really great for long exposures.
The image above is a 60 seconds exposure. My meter showed 50″, but at the middle of the exposure the sun hid behind the clouds. I just added 10 seconds more and the picture came perfectly exposed. With other b&w films, it could be really difficult calculating this change in weather settings due to reciprocity. Furthermore, I really like the look and tonality of this film. It was my last roll, but before I go and buy some more, I have to use a lot of TMAX 100 rolls (another great film) that are recently expired !!
I am taking the GSW690 on my trip next week, so there images coming soon from this great camera.
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