Fujica Rapid D1

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The Fujica Rapid D1 is a compact 35mm half frame camera manufactured by Fuji Photo. It was introduced in 1966 and was loaded with Rapid film cassettes.

It features a Fujinon 1:2.8 f=2.8cm lens. Like most half frame camera's it takes photos in portrait orientation. For landscape type photos turn the camera 90 degrees. Automatic exposure is controlled by the large Selenium cell around the lens. Manual exposure is also possible; aperture ranges from f/2.8 to f/22 and shutter speeds available are B, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125 and 1/300s. Focusing is done by turning the black front ring of the lens, which focuses from 0.6 m. to infinity. Focussing is a matter of guessing the right distance. The focussing scale is given in meters as well as feet. There are two click-stops marked with the red letters P (at c. 0.8m.) and G (at c. 4m.) on the lens, presumably indicating the optimal distances for Portrait and Group pictures.

Since Rapid film cassettes do not need rewinding, the camera lacks a rewind button, although the ribbed wheel on the right side on top of the camera certainly looks like one, especially with the red arrow indicating the direction to turn it. In fact this knob activates the self timer by winding yet another spring motor. Below this wheel on the back of the camera is a small bright green switch with the markings L (lock) and S (set?). The self timer runs (rather noisily) for just over 10 seconds after which the even more noisy film transport takes place. All in all a little nineteen-sixties-technique symphony of rattles and clicks.

There is no possibility (or need) to adjust the film speed, the camera reads which film is used by measuring the length of the central tab on the Rapid film cassette.

The frame counter is located on the back of the camera in the lower right corner. When the camera is closed after loading it with film, the frame counter advances to #24 and counts down from there after each exposure.


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