fujica upgrade advice

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by Richard Droney, Feb 5, 2006.

  1. I recently dug my 20 year old Fujica 605 35 mm camera out of the closet and
    decided to try photography again. I had barely used the thing..Maybe three
    rolls of film through the years. The original lens had dried up and
    basically shreded when I tried to adjust the focus. I went to the local
    photo shop and they recommended I go the keh.com to get a replacement. I
    purchased two excellent lenses...a 50 and a 135 in excellent condition for
    $21 and $39. If I really do continue to maintain an interest I plan to
    purchase a used zoom lense from this company.
    My question....what cameras are recommended as a reasonable upgrade to the
    Fuji and accept the screw-in lenses that the Fuji uses? Thanks.
    Richard Droney, Feb 5, 2006
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  2. Richard  Droney

    Whiskers Guest

    Is your camera like this one
    <http://www.camerapedia.org/wiki/Fujica_ST-605>? If so, it uses the
    Praktica 42mm screw-in lens mount, which was used for many years by a
    great many different makers and on cameras at all 'quality' levels. There
    are some excellent lenses available in that fitting (and many that are not
    even close to excellent!). Over the years, some camera makers introduced
    their own mechanical or even electrical contacts to the basic screw mount

    Whether any camera taking such lenses could be regarded as an 'upgrade' to
    your Fujica is debateable; it's been a long time since any were made, so
    condition of individual examples is at least as important as who made them
    originally. Pentacon/Praktica and Pentax were generally well made and
    reasonably durable (I think Praktica, from East Germany, may have used a
    different brand name in the USA).

    Some 42mm lenses can be used on some more recent camera mounts via suitable
    Whiskers, Feb 5, 2006
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  3. Mine is the st605n...I guess the same essential camera. Thanks for the
    input. I believe the used Pentax cameras on keh look fine. I should have the
    Fuji cleaned and serviced, but it costs a fortune. Thanks again
    Richard Droney, Feb 6, 2006
  4. Richard, just curious, what lens was the 'dried-up' one? Some of the
    Fujinon's were marvellous lenses. Rather than toss it away, if you are
    a tinkerer why not pull it apart and have a go? It may just be
    solidified lubricant in the focussing helicoid, and sometimes that
    isn't a particularly difficult repair..

    So if it's a choice between the bin and maybe having a nice lens...
    I'm happy to give general tips on how to do it, if you are brave and/or
    mark.thomas.7, Feb 6, 2006
  5. The plastic just went to shreds. It was ruined....just like that. I really
    appreciate it. I threw it away. I am really interested in where I can send
    the body to be cleaned. Thanks...you are good guys
    Richard Droney, Feb 6, 2006
  6. Richard  Droney

    chrlz Guest

    I am really interested in where I can send
    I'd like to help further, but I live in Australia, so my knowledge of
    any good camera prepairers would be of limited use to you, i suspect..
    There was a thread here recently recommending someone in the US - Gary
    ? - who does good and low-cost work - but I'm blowed if I can find it.
    maybe post another thread asking about that..
    chrlz, Feb 7, 2006
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