Move over, Contax T2, we’ve found a premium compact camera pricier, newer, and rarer than you. Luxury camera collectors and film photographers (with deep pockets), say hello to this Fujifilm Klasse S Black we recently spotted up for grabs on eBay. If you’re looking for the next pocketable beauty to splurge on, this could be right up your alley.
The unit, with serial number 4034952 and listed by Japan-based seller arigato-jpn, is described as being in mint condition and includes the almost complete package with box, lens hood with case, neck and wrist strap, and manual. Aside from being tested and found to be in good working condition, the viewfinder is clear without any issues, and the lens has no scratches, haze, or fungus. To get this mint beauty, you’ll have to shell out $1,449.90.
For the uninitiated, we’re sure it’s puzzling what exactly warrants that hefty price tag. According to Camera-Wiki, the Fujifilm Klasse S was released in mid-2007 for the Japanese market. This makes the Fujifilm Klasse S one of the last luxury compact film cameras ever produced – newer than the Contax T2 and T3. It has a 38mm f2.6 Super EBC Fujinon lens, while its wide-angle counterpart, the Klasse W, has a 28mm f2.8 lens. It has an aperture dial for selecting from an aperture range with Program between 2.8 and 16, shooting modes of Program AE and AE Aperture Priority, shutter speeds of B, 1/2s to 1/500s (at f2.8) and 1/1000s (for f16), and an exposure compensation dial. These features allow you greater control over your camera settings. Lastly, it’s very handy with dimensions of 123 x 63.5 x 38.5mm, and weight of 265g (without battery).
In his quick review video below, Mastin Labs founder Kirk Mastin mentioned that Fujifilm only made about 8,000 of these cameras. It can be challenging to find one, thus causing prices to skyrocket to as much as this featured mint unit is going for. Compare that to a total sale of more than 220,000 units for the Contax T2, which came out in 1990.
If you’re curious about how the Fujifilm Klasse S compares with the Contax T2, 35mmc has an in-depth review to check out.
Photos from the ebay listing by arigato-jpn