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Fuji DL-500 Wide Date
France Version française
Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand. Last update 2020-03-27 par Eric Borel.

Manufactured or assembled in Japan from 1991 to (After) 1993.
Index of rarity in France: Infrequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 1599

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This camera without aesthetic charm is part of the series of DL cameras (Drop in Loading = easier loading) including several models that are presented on this site.
When we open the back cover, we are able to see this system of loading because it prevents the full opening of the rear cover. To be more exact, a yellow latch prevents it, but it is possible to withdraw this latch and open more widely the rear cover, which is strictly unnecessary, because the film loading is made... under the camera.

It is called mini wide because its lens is a (true) wide-angle of 28mm or a 45mm standard lens (5 isolated elements). A blue button at the top of the camera allows the choice of either focal length. It retracts two of the elements during the transition to the wide angle.
It has a display function of the date on the photos. A battery cell is inserted inside the rear cover to perform the function of calendar. This battery was given for a period of four years. This battery is independent of that which provides the main functions of the camera.

The "Pre-winding" function unfolds the film from the loading of a film and the closing of the back. Each exposed frame is then protected by enrolling in the cartridge.

Fuji DL-500 Wide Date