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Fujica 35-ML: Technical Details

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My Fujica 35-ML came with remarkably complete documentation. The inspection certificate reproduced below indicates that it passed inspection on the 1st of October, 1958. This does not give me a birth date to celebrate; but it does tell me when Fuji decided this camera was ready to be let loose in the world.

Fuji Photo Film’s first lens-shutter camera was the immediate precursor of the 35-ML: the Fujica 35-M. It went on the market in time for the 1957 World Expo, held in Japan. The 35-ML is an early semi-automatic camera: lens aperture and shutter speed can be set according to light values read off a meter. A ring to adjust shutter speed is coupled to a ring to adjust aperture: it is possible to ignore the light values, but not possible to decouple the rings. This proves to be a minor annoyance in use. The light value adjustment ring, shown in the last picture in the sequence lower down on this page, seems to be the major difference between the 35-M and the 35-ML.

In working condition

The 35-ML is a rangefinder camera, with a reliable combination of straight helicoid focusing coupled with a parallax compensating viewfinder. It came mounted with a coated 45 mm Fujinon f2.8 five-element lens; mine is impressively sharp, and would stand up well in comparison with much younger lenses. The body was designed to be held in the left hand, and operated with the right: all the controls are positioned on the right-hand side of the camera. A hand-grip was available as an accessory, which screwed into the tripod mount.

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Fujica 35-ML, in its leather case
Taking camera: Pentax SP
Lens: Tamron 35-70 mm 1:3.5 CF Macro Lens
Film: Kodak Gold 800

Fujica 35-ML, front view with lens cap
showing film advance lever (bottom left), and (top, from left to right) rangefinder, trimming frame, and viewfinder windows; film rewinding crank at top right
Taking camera: Pentax SP
Lens: Tamron 35-70 mm 1:3.5 CF Macro Lens
Film: Kodak Gold 800

Fujica 35-ML, from above
showing shutter release, focusing knob, exposure counter; the serial number appears in the accessory shoe, above a circle with a line through it, which indicates the position of the film plane; eyepiece at bottom left
Taking camera: Pentax SP
Lens: Tamron 35-70 mm 1:3.5 CF Macro Lens
Film: Kodak Gold 800

Fujica 35-ML, from above
showing lens features (from outside in): shutter speed selector ring; windows for shutter speed setting and lens aperture setting; and light value adjustment ring
Taking camera: Pentax SP
Lens: Tamron 35-70 mm 1:3.5 CF Macro Lens
Film: Kodak Gold 800

C.F. Ryal, 2009年02月17日

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