This gem was something I’d never seen yet filled a gap in my collection I didn’t know I had. Since getting this camera, I’ve developed and obsession with shooting rangefinder cameras. The best part is, the guy selling it just wanted it out of his store because it had been there for a few years. For £5 I got the camera, it’s original retail box + instructions AND it’s original shipping packaging in near mint condition for its age.
The Fujica 35-EE is a 35mm, Rangefinder camera. Manufactured by Fujica in the early 1960s. It uses a selenium cell light metering system and can operate in full manual or shutter priority mode.
From an ergonomics standpoint, this is by far, the most unusual camera that I have ever used as nothing is where it would be on a traditional 35mm camera. The shutter-speed and aperture settings are on the lens barrel which isn’t uncommon on cameras of this era and yet the focus is set by a wheel on the back of the camera, controlled by the photographers thumb.
The camera has a 45mm f1.4 lens which makes for great shallow depth of field portraits and low light photography. as mentioned above, the camera does take some getting used to due to its unusual layout and as a result can be a little cumbersome. But that really shouldn’t put you off adding this camera to your collection if you get the chance. Cameras from this period often feature unusual designers or handling characteristics. They were all a part of experimentation with cameras at the time and some, like this are absolute gems!