Fujica Compact Deluxe: unsung rangefinder?

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by Philip Hiscock, Feb 10, 2005.

  1. I just bought fairly cheaply a not-bad-condition Fujica Compact Deluxe.
    It's a nice, solid, fully manual (but with shutter-priority Auto setting
    when a battery is in place) rangefinder from, what?, the mid-1970s?

    I prefer rangefinders to
    SLRs and have been a Canonet fan for twenty years. I had a Fujica a while
    back and really liked the right thumbwheel
    focus action. That model (just "Fujica" I think) had an f/2.8 lens and
    wasn't as top-of-the-line as the Deluxe which has a Fujinon f/1.8 lens.
    That's just a notch slower than my Canonets. But then I paid about a
    third of what Canonets are going for in 2005. It appears to be a
    six-element lens, but I cannot be sure. And I haven't actually put any
    film through it yet, so I can't say how good it really is.

    Except for some obvious stuff (thumbwheel focus, lower right thumb film
    winder) it appears to be similar to the Minolta HiMatic 7Sii, but I'm not
    sure -- I've never held a 7sii in my hands. More to the point, it is in
    that class of good rangefinders made 25 or 30 years ago at the end of the
    RF boom. Just the same, unlike Canonet, 7sii and a few others, I don't
    see much written about the Fujica Compact Deluxe -- does anyone know when
    it was produced?

    Philip Hiscock, Feb 10, 2005
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