Don't Miss This Beast of a Camera

Released between 1987 and 2007, the GX680 is most well known for its sheer size and weight. It lives up to its "beast" reputation, with many photographers feeling it was far too large to use outside of a controlled studio environment. However, as demonstrated in this video, the GX680 can in fact be used in the field for select applications like landscape photography.

Coming to you from Kyle McDougall, this excellent video takes a look at the Fujifilm GX680 medium format camera. What makes the GX680 unique is that it combines a 6x8 medium format SLR design with front movements akin to a view camera. This allows for tilt, shift, rise, and fall control normally only found in large format view cameras. Paired up with Fujinon's high-quality glass, razor-sharp images with precise control are possible.

Of course, with any older electronic film camera system, issues can crop up. McDougall ran into some problems with inconsistent frame spacing and light leaks. However, he remains enamored with the GX680 and has even upgraded to a newer version of the camera in hopes of resolving those problems.

While certainly not a camera for everyone, the video provides great insight into this little-known Fujifilm system. Anyone interested in medium format film with view camera movements should find the video an intriguing watch.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Back in my assisting days, I worked with a guy that shot with the Fuji and it was impressive. I remember that it was highly electronic driven and the movements are impressive. My last medium format system was the Mamiya RZ67ProII, I loved it with it's rotating film back and impressive lenses.

I still have mine but use it rarely. One thing that should have been mentioned in the article - are you listening Alex? - is that it is digital adaptable. I use mine with a Phase One P45 back and can switch to the film back in an instant, but why would I want to? It is probably the best landscape camera ever made. I used mine for architectural work, love those movements! A big beast though, don't try and take it as a carry on aboard an aircraft.

Nostalgia seems to get the better of folks when it comes to camera gear. The user experience of the GX680 was really close to a Nikon F100. It worked great until the AA batteries ran out. Which happened before the film ran out.