Looking for yet another rare camera to shoot with and add to your growing collection? Today’s vintage find is definitely something that today’s generation of film photographers have on their cool camera checklist: a gorgeous Fujifilm Natura Black F1.9. One of the most impressive premium film point-and-shoots ever made, the main draw of this popular ultra-wide shooter is its f1.9 aperture.
Japan-based ebay seller vivili-japan listed the item as an unused Fujifilm Natura Black F1.9 with Serial Number 4012502 in perfect cosmetic and operational condition. The optics has no haze, fungus, scratches, and balsam separation. All the functions also work properly. The sale includes the original box, an instruction manual, camera strap, a CR2 battery, and a roll of expired Fujicolor Natura 1600. As also mentioned in the listing, this premium camera is now rare, warranting a Buy It Now price of $1,499.99. That’s pretty steep, so you might want look around for a less minty second-hand unit for around half the price.
Not yet familiar with the Fujifilm Natura Black F1.9 and are wondering why a point and shoot film camera still comes with a hefty price tag? Well, for starters, it’s touted as one of the best premium compacts of its time, revered for its combination of super-fast aperture and 24mm ultra-wide angle lens. In fact, it has one of the widest angle of view in a compact point-and-shoot camera. It’s also designed for stunning low-light photography using Fujifilm’s Natura range of films. When loaded with DX-coded films of 800 ISO and above, this camera will run with a different exposure program that enables it to make best use of available light.
Released in 2001 and discontinued in November 2006, the Fujifilm Natura Black F1.9 remains a dream camera of many street photographers and has become a modern classic among compact camera fans. It largely owes its rare status to the fact that it was not marketed outside Japan. This camera was also made available in green grey and pink metallic versions, and sold as Fujifilm Natura S. While the Fujifilm X70 is the closest digital counterpart to this beauty, we’re sure many share our sentiments that Fujifilm is yet to give us a proper digital version of this point and shoot!
As we always remind everyone, make sure to ask as many questions as possible before you Buy It Now with your hard-earned cash!
Photos from the ebay listing by vivili-japan