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The Fujifilm GA645Zi Professional Series (generally referred to as Fuji GA645Zi) is a 120 film rangefinder camera, 4.5 x 6 format, released in 1998 by Fujifilm Co, Minami-Ashigara, Kanagawa.

The Fuji GA645Zi is the last model for a 120 film camera (black version in 1999). It is fully automatic: film advance, focusing, metering, just everything. It has an extremely good rangefinder with parallax correction, and, of course, a wonderful wide angle to normal zoom lens, 34-56mm equivalent.

Size (mm): 161.5 x 108 x 73
Weight: 885 g
Lens: Super EBC Fujinon 4.5-6.9/55-90mm, closest focus 1 m
Shutter: B,  2 - 1/700, F 4.5 - 22(38)
Finder: autofocus rangefinder
Film advance: automatic spooling

Here are some photos of the camera. As it's a 4.5 x 6, you have to turn the camera by 90 for ordinary landscape format. There is a short introduction to the use of it and how it feels at the bottom of the page.

Camera front, lens retracted. Grip: shutter release button. Range/viewfinder windows, active/passive autofocus, AE sensor, flash sensor and red self-timer lamp. Flash on the right edge. Note the cap sensor on the lens, near the "S", very useful.

Seen from the back. Top: Flash button, self-timer button, viewer, zoom selector. LCD sceen with basic information: ISO, film counter, film length and data info. Below the screen: data imprint selector, AF/manual focus selector and LCD backlight.

Seen from the bottom. Battery compartment (2x CR123)
, tripod socket.

Seen from above. Flash closed, finder and hot shoe, mode wheel and wheel unlock, exposure compensation button, up/down selector wheel .

Camera on, lens extended to 55mm

Lens extended to 90mm.

Seen from the left.

Seen from the right.

Camera back open. The LCD screen is connected via a flat band cable. If it breaks, the camera becomes more or less useless. So don't stress it and open the camera only by 90.

Film chamber. Note the little red buttons that liberate the pegs, similar to a plaubel makina.

Camera and soft bag.

Camera with hood. It's extremely expensive, so don't lose it.

Handling a 
Fuji GA645Zi is very, very easy, it's like an electronic camera. Loading film is very easy as well because of the little red buttons that liberate the pegs. Open the camera back and put the film roll into place. Same procedure for the take-up spool. Insert the film paper backing into the spool and advance it using up/down wheel (it turns the spool with a motor) and let it make 3-5 turns. No need to look for the start arrow. Close the camera back. When you switch on the camera, it will spool automatically.

Switch the camera on. P-mode is the full automatic mode. Look through the finder and aim the subject to focus. Press the shutter button release half-way down. Compose your picture, if everything is o.k., press the shutter release down. That's it. The film advances itself to the next picture. There is an AE (aperture priority) and a manual mode.

Fujica GA645Zi is a very nice, a bit bulky camera, very easy to use. It still fits into a large coat pocket. Handling is fluid and logic. The lens gives phantastic results, the metering systems are excellent. There isn't much choice for a pocketable wide angle 120 film camera. This one is just phantastic. Don't mind the plastic toy look, the plastic saves a lot of weight and the camera is sturdy nevertheless. It's a nice advance to old folders. I like it a lot.

There is only one critical point:
The LCD screen which is connected via a flat band cable through the hinge. If it breaks, the camera becomes more or less useless. There is no repair. You can no longer set the ISO. On top of this, the pressure plate is set by electronics between 120/220 film. If the camera gets it wrong, film spacing is erratic. If your screen is dead, you can work around it, look it up on internet. But you should not buy a camera with a dead screen.So don't stress your cable and open the camera back only by 90.

Fuji GA 645Zi885161.5 x 108 x 73AFMotorSuper EBC Fujinon 4.5-6.9/55-90 |1B 2 - 1/700 | 22(38)AE, flash,auto 1st frame