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The Fujica Drive is a Japanese made
half frame compact from the late 1960's. Other than being half frame its 2 claims to fame is its clockwork motor and fully automatic exposure control.

The clockwork motor is wound using the large knob on the bottom of the camera and after each exposure automatically drives (hence the name) the film onto the next frame.

The automatic exposure is driven directly from the front mounted photoelectric cell. On pressing the shutter release the shutter speed/aperture combination which will be used is displayed in the viewfinder before the shutter actually fires. In order to work properly the film speed must be set on the dial at the back of the camera. For non automatic use - the aperture and shutter speed can be set manually - although I don't know if it is possible to use the exposure meter when doing this.

In 1965 when new it would have cost (pounds, shillings and pence) 34 10s 0d, including its soft case and strap.

This one was bought at a car boot sale for 3 and as well as being almost mint is in full working order. This was a lucky find - but expect to pay more like 30-60.

Photo of Fujica Drive

Specifications

Lens Type

5 element (coated) Fujinon

Focal Length

2.8cm (28mm)

Maximum Aperture

F2.8

Film Type

35mm standard cassette

Picture Size

18x24mm

Shutter

4 speed Seikosha-L + B

Flash Sync

X

Self Timer

Yes

Rangefinder

No

Filter size

22.5mm (also 33mm push fit)

This picture was taken with a Epson PhotoPC650 camera.


Photo of back of Fujica Drive

This is the back of the Fujica drive. You can clearly see the self timer which is built into the rewind dial. Also the film speed selector dial is visible to the far right of the viewfinder. It is marked between 12 and 200 ASA with equivalent DIN settings. This dial also incorporates a film length/type reminder.

Thanks to Karl Bryan who kindly supplied the following information:

The green button on the back of the camera is for the self timer to  work, "S" is for start and "L" is for lock. Set the button to "L",  wind self timer, cock shutter, set button to "S" and run to quickly get  into the picture. About 8 seconds later the camera shutter will trip.

This picture was taken with a Epson PhotoPC650 camera.




Portion of slidestrip taken with Fujica Drive

This is portion of a slidestrip taken with this camera in Feb/March 2001 and shows a couple of views in and around the flat/apartment we used to live in. Film used was Kodak Elitechrome 200 and all the exposures were made using the automatic exposure mode.

The slidestrip was digitised by use of a light box and our
Epson PhotoPC650 camera.



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