Fujica Half

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by Prashant Singh, Apr 30, 2005.

  1. Hi,

    I just picked up a Fujica Half at a garage sale, but I'm not sure what
    sort of condition it's in. I haven't tried loading any film yet, since a
    roll of film would cost about as much as the camera. It looks like the
    meter might not work, and if I press the shutter release button, nothing
    happens. I figure the shutter might only cock when the film is wound, but
    I can't pull the film advance lever all the way out. Manually turning the
    film sprocket wheel and the film take-up spool doesn't help.

    I'm hoping the issue is just that nothing will happen until the film trips
    or depresses something, and I might go buy a cheap roll today just to see.
    But if anyone has any advice, I'd really appreciate it. If it turns out to
    be broken, is it feasible for a novice to take this camera apart?

    Thanks a lot,
    Prashant Singh, Apr 30, 2005
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    birdman Guest

    Its always feasible to take it apart.
    Putting it back together and getting it to work is another thing.
    Why would you buy this except as a paperweight?
    birdman, May 1, 2005
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  3. Well, I figured even as a paperweight, it's only a couple of bucks. It
    didn't look super fancy, so I thought there was a chance it might work.
    And it's got lenses and looks cool, so maybe it could prove useful somehow.

    The thing is, if there's some broken gear or mechanical connection, I'd
    expect the film-advance lever to move easily but not do anything. Right
    now it stops right about where you'd expect it to start doing some work.

    Taking it apart and getting it functional would certainly be nice, if it's
    feasible. But if not, is there anything cool to see inside if I just take
    it apart? Maybe any interesting mechanisms or parts?

    Prashant Singh, May 1, 2005
  4. I owned one for awhile. It took respectable pictures but had a top
    shutter speed of 1/300 sec., which was too slow for my taste. I sold it
    while it was still operating, and later obtained a Canon Multi-Tele --
    which does very well as a half-frame AF camera.

    -Cardamon Dave
    Cardamon Dave, May 1, 2005
  5. Well, if I get it to work, I might just use it for still life or scenic
    shots or that sort of thing. I don't know much about cameras or
    photography, but I guess it all starts somewhere.

    I wonder if the problem could be that the shutter is sticking or
    something. Could it be that the mechanism for the film-advance lever
    thinks it's done its job, and that's why it won't crank the sprocket? Is
    there a way for me to check this out without tearing the whole thing apart?

    Prashant Singh, May 1, 2005
  6. Because all half frame cameras are cool! They're smaller and lighter,
    the lenses don't have to cover as large an area and can be less
    expensive, (never mind the "crop factor") the "sensor" (film) costs
    less, and any increase in noise (grain) is the product of a fevered

    Wait, isn't this rec.photo.digital?


    Seriously, there's a certain charm in playing with odd technological
    offshoots like this. I used to shoot a lot of portraits, and 1/2
    frames' vertical format tickled me; I used to load the old Ilford
    72-frame film and shoot 144 times before reloading...
    Scott Schuckert, May 1, 2005
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    Peter Chant Guest

    Did that have an extra thin film base? Are you the guy who bought the 100'
    backs for the old Pentax's?
    Peter Chant, May 3, 2005
  8. " later obtained a Canon Multi-Tele --which does very well as a half-frame
    AF camera."

    I have had some trouble getting prints from my half-frame camera. None of
    these dept store places seems to know what to do with these negetives. any


    Sid Mallick via PhotoKB.com, May 9, 2005
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    barronchung Guest

    I just took one of these apart for some cleaning... the shutter shoul
    cock when you wind it, whether or not there's film inside. Mayb
    something is jammed in the wind mechanism, like a spring is in th
    wrong place or a screw fell out and is stuck somewhere where i
    shouldn't be. Don't force it, it should work naturally. If the leve
    can't be wound, maybe it's already cocked, and something is preventin
    it from being tripped. You could always take it apart and manually tri
    the shutter. Maybe that will get it working. You'll have to peel bac
    some of the plastic to get at the screws to open the front pane
    however, so have some contact cement on hand to reglue it when you'r
    done. I found instructions at this site (in Japanese, but you ca
    translate it in Google):



    If you have any specific questions, I *might*be able to help, but I'm
    novice as well so... Good luck!
    barronchung, Oct 30, 2005
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