Fujifilm Klasse S Review

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Fujifilm Klasse S

Super EBC Fujinon Aspherical lens


EBC ( Electron Beam Coating ) on the lens of Fujifilm high-end cameras is its self-development. Today not too many companies knows how to make high quality lens. As far as I know, Fuji EBC is similar to T* coating lens of Carl Zeiss.

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Specification highlights :


  1. -38mm focal length

- Super EBC Fujinon Aspherical lens

  1. -Max aperture F2.8

  2. -Electronic operation ( 1 x CR2 battery )

- Size : 123 x 63.5 x 38.5mm

- Weight : 265g

- Photos taken by my Klasse S / W

  1. -Fuji Klasse S Official web page

Rumors said Fuji learned the T* lens coating techniques and then self-developed as EBC through the year of 1998 -2003 when Fuji OEM for Hasselblad Xpan which is equipped with Carl Zeiss lens ( same camera as Fujifilm TX-1 / 2 for Japan domestic market ). Treat this as a side story as today everyone knows Fuji has proven the success and capability of high quality image from the EBC lenses of their high-end medium format film cameras, to the most recent digital cameras i.e. X100, X10 and X-Pro1.

Controls and dials


2 dials, 2 buttons and shutter for all major controls.


Rotate the dial to the position marked with P for program mode for fully automatic or set aperture value as marked so it will be in aperture priority mode,  just same like the P and A mode in digital camera.


Half press shutter to focus and full press for taking.


The AFL/OK button behind the shutter is used to focus plus lock on, so your finger can leave this button and move back to the shutter button. The half press action of shutter becomes taking exposure value.

Fuji X100 digital and Klasse S film

- Taken by Rolleiflex 3.5F Xenotar

Hidden functions


Since the camera is supposed for Japan domestic market only, the user manual is also in Japanese only. There are 4 hidden functions which was mentioned on page 70, with the help of translation from my Japanese friend, this is how to access into the hidden functions and what about of them :


To access :


Turn on the camera by pressing and

holding the top of function dial at the

same time.


Hidden functions C1 to C4 are  :


C1 : On - Remember flash mode setting after camera switch off and on

C1 : Off - Flash mode setting will restore to default ( auto ) after camera switch off and on


C2 : On - Keep self-timer setting after shots

C2 : Off - Self-timer will restore to default ( off ) after shots


C3 : On - The leading edge of film will be remained outside after auto rewinding

C3 : Off - The leading edge of film will be rewinded all the way inside the film can.


C4 : On - Lens movement carries out only when full press of the shutter.

C4 : Off - Lens movement carries out when half press of the shutter.


My preference and details on hidden functions


For C1, I set all my cameras with no flash as default so C1 is very useful by setting as “on“.


For C2, unless you want self-timer setting remains after each shots, set it as “off “.


C3 is useful if you would like to play double exposure by taking same roll of film again since it will leave out the leading edge of the film instead of rewinding into the cartridge completely or, if you will self - processing and pulling out the film from its cartridge without using the film cartridge opener.


C4 is “ off “ by default, lens will move in or out when you half press shutter for focus. When C3 turns “on”, the camera will focus by half press without moving the lens. The complete lens movement only carries out after full press of the shutter.


When C4 is “ on “, it is similar like discreet mode. The lens will not move when the shutter is half pressed, the camera is quite when pre-focusing as there will be no noise coming from the motor which moves the lens.


The trade-off is shutter lack becomes obvious since the lens movement carries out only when full press so shutter has to wait for the lens movement completed before shutter can actually open.

Lens fall-off ( vignetting ) is visible especially at F2.8 with high shutter speed.


The max shutter speed is 1/500 at F2.8 / F4 , 1/750 at F5.6 / F8 and 1/1000 at F11 / F16.


If you want to see more photos taken by my Klasse S or W, please click the photo on left.

- Taken by iPhone 4

Accessories


There is a shutter cable opening on the right side of the camera and the most traditional threaded shutter cable will fit. There are only 2 original accessories which are the lens hood and carrying pouch but both has to purchase separately. I bought this camera back in 2007 and I was able to find a nice and practical leather case and neck-strap which was made by Artisan & Artist.

Viewfinder


Viewfinder is bright and clear and it is much more easy to read the information when comparing to my Ricoh GR1 film but not as good as my other Fuji X100 digital or Leica M6.  Informations like shutter speed, focus confirmation light, exposure compensation AF/MF and flash mode will be displayed at the bottom which is outside the frame line ares so all datas can be easily viewed no matter in low or strong bright light situations.

The controls and dials are easy to use and straight forward. The only complain is the AFL/OK button, which is easy to forget to press and confirm the setting you intend to adjust. Image quality is excellent as usual thing you will get from Fuji Super EBC lens and I consider it is next as good as my other cameras with Carl Zeiss T* lens.


Klasse S is available in black body color. W is available in both black or silver, here are few more close-up photos of my Klasse W in silver color.


Feel free to drop me an email if you want to know something which my review didn’t cover, or you would like to share more thoughts about the Fuji Klasse S or W.


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In the year of 2007 while all camera manufacturers were working hard on digital cameras, Fujifilm was the one who had the gut to launch a hight-end point and shoot FILM camera.


It is probably the latest production of point & shoot film camera in the whole industry, loaded with most modern functions and it is always my favorite for anywhere I go that needs a compact film cameras with excellent image quality.

- Taken by Fuji FinePix X100

The function dial on left side of the AFL/OK button is used to access and navigate to all functions by displaying on the LCD on top of the camera. Enter functions by pressing the button on top, each press will bring you to the next function, rotate the dial to scroll into the setting and values of each functions and then press AFL/OK button to confirm. Functions by order are  :


  1. -Flash ( Auto, force flash, no flash, red eye and slow sync )

  2. -Exposure blanket ( +/-1, +/-0.5, -0.5, +0.5 )

  3. -Focus mode ( AF or manual 0.4m - infinity )

  4. -Shutter mode ( B, 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60 sec )

  5. -Film speed ( Auto or manual from ISO 25 - 3200 )

  6. -Timer ( 2 or 10 sec )


After you scroll to the value, you must press AFL/OK button to confirm your input.


The button behind the LCD is the light for illumination of the screen in dark. The switch next to the lens is exposure compensation from 0 to +/-2 with 1/2 step increments

My impression of Klasse S and W


Ever since I have bought this camera, I hardly use my other compact film cameras. It should be the best point and shoot high-end film camera loaded with all the necessary and advanced functions which are needed by most of the enthusiasts.

The case comes with lower part as usual leather half-case plus the upper part to protect the camera when transporting. The best of the upper part is protruded in front of the lens area so the upper cover will fit in without detaching the lens hood and you can take it out completely without the trouble hanging around the upper part under camera. The original case by Fuji is just a leather carry pouch and you will have to take it off completely in order to use the camera.

- Taken by Fuji FinePix X100