The Fujica St605 is a typical Fully Manual 35mm camera from the 1970s' - it runs without a battery, but does have a built in light-meter, so if you pop in a couple of button-cells there's a needle type scale to guide you towards an acceptable exposure.
I got my example from, you've guessed it, our local Sunday morning car-boot sale, and I'm sorry to say it languished in my camera drawer for the last few months. However, as I was lucky enough to get a lot of 35mm film cheap, its time to dust off some of the film cameras I haven't used and do some video reviews.
The Fuji 55mm f/2.2 prime lens is a little long for my liking, but it actually made for some great images - so if you pick one up it'll give your photos that different flavour. My lens has a little bit of fungus, but it hasn't made a difference to the images.
Using the ST605 is simple, you pop your film in, set the ISO / ASA, then just choose the appropriate shutter-speed and aperture combination for an OK exposure. If you want to use the built in light-meter, just press the button near to the shutter release, then lens stops down to the aperture you've chosen, and the needle moves in your viewfinder. Just adjust the shutter speed and aperture to get it in the middle.
This Fujica is a great camera for anyone who enjoys shooting film, it's on the same lines as the Minolta SRT101 and the Pentax K1000 - fully manual and fully fun. If you see one, grab it, shove some black and white film in, and get shooting.
Here's some of the shots I've taken: