Video: Shooting with the largest medium format camera, the Fujifilm GX680

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Have you ever heard of the Fujifilm GX680? For those of you that have, we're guessing you might know it for its sheer size and weight more than anything else. 

A fully featured 6x8 medium format film camera released between 1987 and 2007, the GX680 was technically very advanced, but its appeal was limited due to many photographers feeling it was too large to use outside of a controlled studio environment - even though this is something Fujifilm really intended it to be used for. 

In this interesting video produced by Kyle McDougall, he looks at how the GX680 can be used in different environments, including for landscape photography.

What makes the GX680 unique is that it combines a 6x8 medium format SLR design with front movements similar to what you'd find on a view camera. It allows for tilt, swing, shift, rise, and fall control normally only found on view cameras, and it also works like one too, with a knob for moving the bellows in and out.

In addition, it's also a multi-format camera, capable of shooting 6x4.5, 6x6, 6x7 and 6x8, and can be used with a variety of different viewfinders too. 

So while the size and weight of the GX680 probably puts many people off, it does have a lot to offer. Watch the video for a deep dive into this little-known (but big) Fujifilm camera. 

Cover image: Alex Luyckx/CC

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