Flash Fujica

The Flash Fujica by Fuji is in most respects just another typical point and shoot film camera from the same generation as the Minolta Hi-Matic AF2 and the Yashica Auto Focus S. Like those two and a handful of others, it is auto focus, yet manual wind and rewind - a combination of features I greatly prefer over auto everything. And like many others in its class, it sports a 38mm F2.8 lens. But this one stands out in sharpness.

The Konica MG compact 35mm film camera

LIKES: what's not to like about that super sharp 38mm F2.8 Fujinon lens? Okay, I'll admit this one isn't one of the better looking cameras from this period, and it's still not winning any popularity contests these days either. But if you spot one that's in good working condition, you'll want to grab it for the lens alone! And beyond the lens, it does have all the basic features I've come to appreciate in a well thought out camera in this class... user controlled flash, manually adjustable ASA giving you at least a smidge of exposure control, and manual wind to avoide the loud noise.

DISLIKES: I don't remember disliking anything about the Flash Fujica, but this is a good time to confess that I didn't keep it, and unlike most cases, I'm writing this review long after it was gone from my collection. I believe at the time I felt it just didn't stand out in the crowd and I saw myself reaching for my Nikon L35AF or Canon AF35M over this Flash Fujica. So it was only in hind sight recently when reviewing the images for the first time in about a year and a half that I realized the Fujinon lens on this one was outstandingly sharp. Hmmmm... perhaps it's time to troll ebay for another example.

TIPS: No particular quirks to mention, but as I've said with other point and shoot cameras of this generation - these cameras thrive on 400 speed film in my opinion. The reason is simple - in the lack of any exposure controls, using faster film will guarantee smaller apertures and faster shutter speeds which of course means better sharper images in most cases.

Klaman Bottle Building in Portland taken with Konica MG

Above: The old historic Yarmouth Train Station (now a florist shop), as captured by the Flash Fujica using Kodak Ultramax 400 color print film. This and the other shots taken by me with this camera have been post processed - including sharpening - but no more than any other image (and I do sharpen all images, as one should). Damn, look at how crisp this is!

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