Throwback Thursday

Well, we are pretty much done with the old Fujifilm logos.  The last one was from 1992 up until a few years ago.  I don’t really have to show you what the present day logo looks like.  I am sure you know how it appears if you are a Fuji fan yourself.

With a camera company that is 80 years old, there is no shortage of subjects to write about.  Thinking of today’s post, i thought i would start writing about Fuji’s cameras of years gone by.

Many people who have jumped onto the X system, have done so with never using a Fuji camera before.  This is somewhat understandable, since the likes of Nikon & Canon have been dominating the professional world of photography.

Some people may not know, but the Fuji X100 is actually part of the Finepix family, which started back in 1998.  That is right, the X100 was born out of 12 years of previous Finepix cameras.

For all intents and purposes, it was the X100 that not only put life back into the Finepix family of cameras, but it was also the camera that re-launched Fuji as a serious contender in the camera market.

Fuji’s first Finepix camera:

My first two digital cameras, were Fuji Finepix cameras.  They were both from the “A” series.  The “A” series cameras were the entry-level point & shoot cameras and were introduced in 2001.

There was also the “F”, “J”, “M”, “S”, “HS”, “T”, “XP”, “Z”, “Real 3d” and finally, the “X” series of cameras.

The very first Finepix camera that launched this venerable family of cameras, was introduced in 1998 and was known as the MX 700.

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Here is a run down of the specs:

– Resolution: 1280 x 1024

– Effective pixels: 1 million

– Sensor size: 1/2″ (6.4 x 4.8mm)

– Censor type: CCD

– ISO: 100

– Focal length (equiv.): 35mm

– Optical zoom: 1x

– Screen size: 2″

– Min. shutter: 1/4s

– Max. shutter: 1/1000s

– Storage type: SmartMedia

– Weight with batteries: 260g

If you want to get an idea of what SmartMedia was, check this out:

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Yes, that’s an SD card on the far left.  Yikes!

There you have it, the great grand daddy of Finepix cameras.  The next time you pick up your X100 or X100s, remember where it came from.

Happy shooting!


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