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See also Fuji Kōgaku and Fuji Shashin Kōgyōsha, two older and unrelated companies.

Fujifilm Corporation is a Japanese company, which originally appeared as a film manufacturer and later expanded as a camera maker. Before 2006, the corporate name was Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. and many photographers continue to use the name "Fuji" informally.

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History

The company was founded on January 20, 1934 as Fuji Shashin Film K.K. (富士写真フィルム㈱, later translated as Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.)[1], producing several sorts of film.[2] It was an offshoot of Dai-Nippon Celluloid K.K. (大日本セルロイド㈱), founded in 1919.[3] The company's first CEO was Asano Shūichi (浅野修一).[4] The plants were located in the village of Minami-Ashigara (南足柄村, now a city) in the prefecture of Kanagawa (神奈川県), at the foot of Mt. Hakone (箱根山).[5] It is said that the name "Fuji" (富士) was chosen by Asano Shūichi because of Mt. Fuji (富士山), situated not far from Mt. Hakone, but was already registered by a third party, to which the rights were bought for ¥8,000, an important sum at the time.[6]

The company started to produced optical glass during the early 1940s for military use.[7] The dependent company Fuji Shashin Kōki K.K. (富士写真光機㈱, meaning "Fuji Photo Optical Co., Ltd.") was founded in 1944, from the assets of Enomoto Kōgaku Seiki Seisakusho (榎本光学精機製作所), but this was absorbed back into Fuji Shashin Film after 1945.[8] Many other Fuji companies were created after the war, all of them dependent of the main Fuji Shashin Film company and eventually of the Fujifilm Group (富士フィルムグループ).

Fuji began producing cameras in 1948 with the Fujica Six. Until the late 1970s, many cameras made by Fuji were called Fujica, a contraction of Fuji and camera (cf Leica, Yashica etc.). In the mid 1980's the Fujica name change to simply Fuji, in the mid 1990's this changed yet again to Fujifilm.

The company started producing digital cameras in 1988. Fujifilm was the most agile among film makers in adapting to digital imaging. Today it offers leading technology concerning smaller digital consumer cameras with high-sensitivity CCDs (see Super CCD); it also sells expensive DSLRs.

Cameras

35mm SLR cameras

Fujica X mount

35mm compact cameras

Rangefinder

No exposure meter
  • Fujica 35M
  • Fujica 35ML F2
  • Fujica SP
Exposure meter but not auto-exposure
Autoexposure

Scale/zone-focus

No exposure meter
Autoexposure

Modern Point and Shoots

Fixed focal length


Fixed Focus

Autofocus

Dual focal length
Europe America Japan Year
TW-300 Tandem 1985
TW-300 II Tandem II 1986
DL-250 Tele N/A 1987
DL-250 Tele QD Tele Cardia Date
DL-400 Tele N / A 1987
DL-400 Tele QD Tele Cardia Super Date
DL-160 Tele Discovery 160 Tele N / A 1988
DL-155 Tele Wide
DL-160 Tele Date Discovery 160 Tele Date Tele Cardia 160 Date 1988
Discovery 175 Tele
DL-180 Tele Discovery 180 Tele N / A 1990
DL-180 Tele Date Discovery 180 Date Tele Cardia 180 Date
DL-400 Tele Super Discovery 400 Tele N / A 1990
DL-400 Tele Super Date Discovery 400 Tele Date New Super Tele Cardia Date
DL-450 Tele Super Discovery 400 Tele Plus N / A 1991
DL-450 Tele Super Date Discovery 400 Tele Plus Date Super Cardia Tele III Date
DL-500 Wide Date Discovery Mini Dual Date Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P 1990
DL-500 Wide Panorama Discovery Mini Dual Plus N/A
DL-500 Wide Panorama Date Discovery Mini Dual Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P(2) 1991
Discovery Mini Dual
Panorama Plus
Cardia Travel Mini II 1991
Cardia Travel Mini OP 1992
DL-600 Cardia Mini Elite OP 1993
FZ-6 Tele Tele Bene 1990
Zoom

Fuji branded zoom compacts

Europe America Japan Year
FZ-500 Zoom Date Discovery 500 Zoom Date Zoom Cardia 700 Date 1988
FZ-500 Zoom Discovery 500 Zoom N /A
FZ-350 Zoom Date Discovery 300 Zoom Date Zoom Cardia 600 Date 1988
FZ-350 Zoom Discovery 300 Zoom N / A
FZ-800 Zoom Date Discovery 800 Zoom Date Zoom Cardia 800 Date 1989
FZ-800 Zoom Discovery 800 Zoom N / A
FZ-2000 Zoom Date Discovery 2000 Zoom Date Zoom Cardia 2000 Date 1989
FZ-2000 Zoom Discovery 2000 Zoom N / A
FZ-900 Zoom Date Discovery 900 Zoom Date Zoom Cardia 900 Date 1990
FZ-900 Zoom Discovery 900 Zoom N / A
FZ-3000 Zoom Discovery 3000 Zoom Zoom Cardia Date 3000 1991
FZ-950 Zoom Date Discovery 900 Zoom Date Plus Zoom Cardia 950 Date 1991
FZ-950 Zoom Discovery 900 Zoom Plus N / A
Discovery 875 Zoom Plus
Discovery 1000 Zoom Date Zoom Cardia Multi 800 1992
Promaster 1000 Zoom Date
DL-1000 Zoom Date
DL-1000 Zoom
Discovery 1000 Zoom N / A
Discovery 975 Zoom
DL-190 Zoom Date Discovery 190 Zoom Date Zoom Cardia 200 1992
Promaster 190 Zoom Date
DL-190 Zoom Discovery 190 Zoom N/A
Discovery 185 Zoom
Zoom Cardia Multi 2000 OP 1993
DL-550 Zoom Zoom Cardia Supreme OP 1993
Zoom Cardia Supreme 3000 1994
Zoom Cardia Super 115 1994

Fujfilm branded zoom compacts. Most American models tend to use the Discovery branding but later cameras share the European branding.

Europe America Japan Year
DL-270 Zoom Date Discovery 270 Zoom Date Zoom Cardia Super 270 Date 1994
Discovery 265 Zoom Date
Promaster 270 Zoom Date
DL-270 Zoom Discovery 270 Zoom N / A
DL-270 Zoom Date MR Discovery 70S Date Zoom Cardia Super 270 Date MR 1995
Zoom Cardia Super 170 1995
DL-312 Zoom Date Discovery 312 Zoom Date Zoom Cardia Super 312 Date 1995
DL-312 Zoom Discovery 312 Zoom N / A
Discovery 342 Zoom
Zoom Cardia Super 328 Wide Date 1995
DL-290 Zoom Date Discovery 290 Zoom Date Zoom Cardia Super 290 Date 1997
DL-290 Zoom Date BL Discovery 290 Zoom Date BL Zoom Cardia Super 290 Date BL
DL-290S Zoom Date Discovery 290S Zoom Date N / A
Discovery 290 Zoom
Discovery 290 Zoom BL
DL-320 Zoom Date Discovery 320 Zoom Date Zoom Cardia Super 320 1998
DL-320 Zoom Discovery 320 Zoom N / A
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 90 / Discovery Zoom 90 Date / Super 90AZ (38-90) - 2000
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 120 / Super 120AZ (38-120) - 2000
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 145 / Discovery S1450 Date / Super 145AZ (38-145) - 2001
  • Fujifilm Super 1200AZ (38-120) - 2001
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 60 / Zoom 60 (38-60) - 2001
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 60EZ (38-60) - 2002
  • Fujifilm Silvi 70 / Zoom Date 70 / Zoom Date 77 / Zoom 70 - 2001
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 70 / DL-270 Zoom Super (35 to 70mm) - 2003
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 140 (38-140) - 2001
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 140EZ (38-140) - 2002
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 100 (38-100) - 2002
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 115 / Zoom 115 (38-60) - 2002
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date S600 / Discovery S600 Zoom Date / Discovery S600 Zoom (38-60) - 2002
  • Fujifilm Discovery S700 Zoom Date / Discovery S700 Zoom / Discovery S770 Zoom (38-70) - 2003
  • Fujifilm Discovery S1450 Zoom (38-145) - 2002
  • Fujifilm Discovery S1200 Zoom Date / Zoom Date S1200 / Discovery S1200 Zoom (38-120) - 2002
  • Fujifilm Discovery S1050 Zoom Date / Discovery S1050 Zoom (38 to 105mm) - 2002
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 1000 / Silvi 1000 (28-100) - 2001
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 1000i (28-100) - 2003
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 1300 / Silvi 1300 - 2002
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 125S / Silvi 125 (38 to 125) - 2002
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 125SR - 2002
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 125EZ - 2003
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 90S / Silvi 90 (38-90) - 2002
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 90SR (38-90) - 2002
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 90EZ (38-90) - 2003
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date F2.8 / Silvi F2.8 (24-50) - 2002
  • Fujifilm Silvi F2.8 Black
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 110EZ - 2002
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 110SR - 2002
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 160S - 2003
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 160EZ - 2002
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 76S (38-76) - 2002
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 115S - 2003
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 115SR - 2002
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 60W / Zoom 60W - 2003
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 70V - 2005
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 135V / Zoom 135V / Silvi F135 - 2004
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 120V / Zoom 120V - 2004
  • Fujifilm Zoom Date 90V / Zoom 90V - 2005
  • Fujifilm Silvi 1600 ( 38 to 160mm) - 2001
  • Fujifilm Silvi F120 - 2004
  • Fujifilm Silvi Fi (28 to 100mm ) - 2003
  • Fujifilm Tiara Zoom ( DL Super Mini Zoom / Cardia Mini Tiara Zoom )
  • Fujifilm Natura Classica - 2004
  • Fujifilm Natura N
  • Fujifilm Natura NS - 2006
  • Fujifilm C-1 Zoom ( 28-56mm ) - 2004

Half-frame and Rapid cassette 35mm cameras

35mm panorama cameras

APS cameras

Fujifilm uses multiple brandings for their IX240 APS film cameras. Fotonex is the branding used most everywhere, while Endeavor is in the USA, while nexia and EPION are used in Japan.

Fixed focal length

  • Fujifilm EPION "Safety First" / RVX
  • Fujifilm Fotonex 10 (Endeavor 10 / EPION 10 / EPION Hello Kitty)
  • Fujifilm Fotonex 15
  • Fujifilm Fotonex 20 Auto / nexia 20 Auto / Endeavor 20 Auto
  • Fujifilm Fotonex 50 (Endeavor 50 / EPION 50AF / EPION AF My Melody)
  • Fujifilm Fotonex 55AF
  • Fujifilm Fotonex 60AF (Endeavor 60AF / nexia 60AF)
  • Fujifilm Fotonex 100ix (Endeavor 100ix / EPION 100)
  • Fujifilm Fotonex 101ix (Endeavor 101ix / EPION 101)
  • Fujifilm nexia 30
  • Fujifilm nexia 31 Auto
  • Fujifilm nexia 70 AF
  • Fujifilm nexia Q1

Zoom

MRC Mid-Roll-Change

Fixed focal length

Zoom

Pocket 110

  • Pocket Fujica 200
  • Pocket Fujica 300
  • Pocket Fujica 400
  • Pocket Fujica 500
  • Pocket Fujica 600
  • Pocket Fujica 250
  • Pocket Fujica 250 Flash
  • Pocket Fujica 250 Tele Flash
  • Pocket Fujica 350 Wide
  • Pocket Fujica 350 Flash
  • Pocket Fujica 380 Flash
  • Pocket Fujica 350 Zoom
  • Pocket Fujica 550 Auto
  • Pocket Fujica AW
  • Pocket Fujica Auto Pop
  • Pocket Fujica Flash Zoom
  • Pocket Fujica Macro Zoom
  • Pocket Fujica Hello Kitty
  • Pocket Fujica Micky Mouse

Subminiature

These two cameras did not go past the mock-up stage:

Disc film

Instant cameras and film

For all instant cameras and film by Fuji including Instax, ACE, Fotorama, pack film please refer to Fujifilm instant photography.

Medium format

Rangefinder

Interchangeable lens

Fixed lens

System cameras

645 cameras

Manual focus

Auto focus

Panorama

GF cameras

Digital

For all digital cameras by Fuji (including DS, Finepix, S-series and MX) and earlier still-video models, please refer to Fujifilm digital cameras.

Disposable / Single Use

Lenses

Interchangeable lenses for 35mm cameras

Interchangeable lenses for medium-format cameras

Lenses for large-format cameras

W series

  • 135mm f5.6-64
  • 150mm f5.6-64
  • 180mm f5.6-64
  • 210mm f5.6-64
  • 250mm f6.7-64
  • 300mm f5.6-64
  • 360mm f6.3-90

NW series

  • 105mm f5.6-64
  • 125mm f5.6-64
  • 135mm f5.6-64
  • 150mm f5.6-64
  • 180mm f5.6-64
  • 210mm f5.6-64
  • 250mm f6.3-64

C-MW series

  • 105mm f5.6-64
  • 125mm f5.6-64
  • 135mm f5.6-64
  • 150mm f5.6-64
  • 180mm f5.6-64
  • 210mm f5.6-64
  • 250mm f6.3-64
  • 300mm f5.6-64
  • 360mm f6.5-64
  • 400mm f8-64

SW series

  • 75mm f8-64
  • 90mm f8-64
  • 105mm f8-64
  • 120mm f8-64
  • 300mm f8-64

NSW series

  • 90mm f8-64
  • 105mm f8-64
  • 125mm f8-64

SWD series

  • 65mm f5.6-45
  • 75mm f5.6-64
  • 90mm f5.6-64

A series

  • 180mm f9-90
  • 240mm f9-90
  • 300mm f9-90
  • 360mm f10-90
  • 600mm f11-90
  • 1200mm f24-90

C series

  • 300mm f8.5-64
  • 450mm f12.5-64
  • 600mm f1.5-64

L series

  • 210mm f5.6-64
  • 250mm f6.3-64
  • 300mm f5.6-64
  • 420mm f8-64

SF series

  • 180mm f5.6-22
  • 250mm f6.3-22
  • 420mm f6.5-22

T series

  • 300mm f8-64
  • 400mm f8-64
  • 600mm f8-64

Film

Despite the increasing dominance of digital cameras, Fuji continues to be a prime manufacturer of film. Please refer to Fuji films

Bibliography and references

  1. On the name tag of a Navy Type 99 Handheld Aerial Camera written as: 富士寫眞フィルム株式會社
  2. Date and month: Fujifilm history, vol.1, chapter 4.
  3. Fujifilm history, vol.1, chapter 1, and Koyasu, p.11 of Kurashikku Kamera Senka no.44.
  4. Fujifilm history, vol.1, chapter 4.
  5. Koyasu, p.11 of Kurashikku Kamera Senka no.44.
  6. Fujifilm history, vol.1, chapter 4.
  7. Koyasu, p.11 of Kurashikku Kamera Senka no.44.
  8. Fujifilm history, vol.1, chapter 10, and Koyasu, p.11 of Kurashikku Kamera Senka no.44.

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