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    Re: Finally got a "Texas Leica"!

    I've had a bunch of these over the years & also for a stretch had both the 65 & 90mm versions. The 65 with asa 400 film, focused at hyperfocal distance is a wonderful point & shoot. The lenses are contrasty & sharp. The Fujis spoiled my darkroom experience w/ 35mm, even with Leica lenses & were my gateway to 5x7. I just bought another one; a GW680lll with a 90 for an upcoming trip to the Dolomites. The 50% increase in negative size over my much-loved Rolleiflex does make a difference on big prints.

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    Re: Finally got a "Texas Leica"!

    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado CJ View Post
    ... 8 exposures is ideal, any more would be too much.
    When I'm at an event shooting people pictures, 8 frames is not much and I'm constantly loading film which is an issue sometimes.

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    Re: Finally got a "Texas Leica"!

    Tuco, I found the same for aerial work. I've still got a few pro-packs of 220 HP5.

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    Re: Finally got a "Texas Leica"!

    Had one, ran a single roll of film through it, liked it, never picked it up again, and lost it in a horse trade. I can't think of 8 things to take a picture of these days.
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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    Re: Finally got a "Texas Leica"!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Galli View Post
    Had one, ran a single roll of film through it, liked it, never picked it up again, and lost it in a horse trade. I can't think of 8 things to take a picture of these days.
    Damn, that's kind of a sad story.

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    Re: Finally got a "Texas Leica"!

    Quote Originally Posted by tuco View Post
    Damn, that's kind of a sad story.
    Not really. Just means 8X10 is probably the correct fit for me.
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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    Re: Finally got a "Texas Leica"!

    Say, since this seems to be a good thread for Fuji Rangefinder talk, I have a question about shooting long exposures and the T-Mode on my GSW690. Over on the medium format thread, I posted a Fireworks shot. Here I used the T-Mode on this camera for the first time while taking the picture. It was a surprise and unexpected behavior. The shutter stayed open and didn't close on the next press like I assumed it would.

    So how do you take long exposures without grabbing the lens to rotate it off of T-Mode or advance to the next frame to close the shutter? The fireworks shot shows you need to cover the lens before advancing the frame.

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    Re: Finally got a "Texas Leica"!

    Put the cap over the lens and use the film advance lever.
    "Why can't we all just get along?" President Dale, Mars Attacks

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    Re: Finally got a "Texas Leica"!

    Quote Originally Posted by tuco View Post
    [...] I used the T-Mode on this camera for the first time while taking the picture. It was a surprise and unexpected behavior. The shutter stayed open and didn't close on the next press like I assumed it would.
    The shutter is broken, or your release cable has too much throw and does not retract fully which is not unusual.

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    Re: Finally got a "Texas Leica"!

    Nope. I believe that is how it's supposed to work. Rotate off of T is how it is described in the instruction manual.

    People have complained about this for a long time.

    http://www.cameramanuals.org/fuji_pd..._gw690_iii.pdf

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