Fujifilm GX617 Professional

Fujifilm GX617 Professional

FujiFilm/Fuji GX617 Professional

Fuji GX 617, which seams to be the most bought of the four, is less robust than the Linhof, is nevertheless well-made of more a carbon-fibre type of composite material. It’s very similar in weight and size to the Linhof, and accepts 120 or 220 rollfilm by using a reversible pressure plate. It uses a small lithium battery to operate its electronic shutter, but can also be used without battery if one uses a secondary shutter release attachment and a slightly more cumbersome means of operation. The Fuji is more user-friendly for several reasons. The back is hinged along its bottom edge for easy reloading, unlike the Linhof back which pulls completely off and must be secured in a clean and dry location while film is being reloaded. Fuji also includes a true film-winding lever rather than a quirky hand crank on the Linhof. Fuji offered 90mm, 105mm, 180mm, and 300mm lenses. The older G617 model has a fixed 105mm lens, presumably the reason why Fuji kept this lens in the present lineup.