Roll 96. Fujica Drive
The Fujica Drive is almost 50 years old now. It must have been pretty cool when it came. Exposure automation and by an elaborate clockwork mechanic it even winds the film automatically for every shot, once you have wound the mechanism. The only manual step that remains is to focus, which is guesstimation based but aided by two distinct clicks on the focusing ring, one for portraits and one for group shots. But everything from 60cm to infinity can be dialed in if you are good at judging distances.
It is a ‘half-frame’ camera, and squeezes two frames into the space needed by one on most other 35mm cameras. A way to save money in a time when the new colour films were comparatively expensive.
My camera has a faulty light meter, but I guessed the exposures and over two days I shot one roll of Lucky SHD100, to check if it worked properly in other regards.
The 28mm lens gives pretty wide shots, even with the small frame size. To use the portrait mode of the camera one has to get really close, already at three meters’ distance the pictures turn into full body shots.
With five meters to the subject much of the environment is caught as well.
It is a very fun camera to shoot with. If I track down one with a working light meter it would make for a good loaner. The whirr of the automatic winding makes it impossible to do any candid photography though, further complicated by the need to get within arm’s reach for portrait distance shots.