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02-25-2011, 04:02 AM   #1
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Can I join the club please?

I'm completely new to medium format! However, after some recent fun with 35mm film, I put a speculative bid into ebay and won. My (new) precious arrived this morning! Looks in excellent condition - even had batteries in it and the box contained 13 rolls of assorted film! The shutter is loud though.... I've not got a lens yet, so will be on the lookout for a reasonably priced 75mm 2.8 to begin with.




02-25-2011, 05:33 AM   #2
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Welcome and of course you're oK to join the club. Enjoy your time on the forum, and check out the medium format subforum here.
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Congratulations! The 75's are fairly cheap these days while the 645d arrival has made the other focal lengths very dear. The 150mm is also a great lens and still priced well
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Thanks all! If I'm patient I should be able to get a manual 75 for under 100 and a 150 for a little over that. Some of the lens prices definitely seem to have gone mad. Does anyone know if the optical design for the leaf shutter version of the 75 is the same as the standard design?

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I have 4 manual focus 645 lenses for sale over on Luminous Landscape. Link here:
Pentax 645 MF Lenses--all beautiful condition
02-25-2011, 12:22 PM   #6
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Congrats on your new gear! Yeah, the coveted 645 lenses, no doubt, will be harder find and more expensive due to the 645D.
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Thanks all, I'm looking forward to putting the first roll through it.

Thanks too gurtch for the note about the lenses, but I'll look for them here in Europe at first to avoid any import taxes.
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Looks like a very clean sample; well-kept. Hope it works as nicely as it looks, and that you'll use it happily to make some fine pics!

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The 645N is one fun camera to use. I love the almost silent Pentax K-5 shutter, but I also really enjoy the huge shutter sound/explosion of the 645N. Consider buying manual lenses for the shorter focal lengths. For 35mm (21mm equiv), the auto-focus is rare and expensive, but at that focus length you can zone focus the manual lens. Also, the focussing of the manual lenses have wonderful tactile smoothness, a much better feel than manual focussing the auto lenses.

I think the 200mm FA is still reasonably priced. The 150mm and 120mm FA's have gotten more expensive.
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Welcome aboard!

The 645n is a lovely beast. BTW, it is easy to convert the readily available and fairly cheap 220 inserts to be seen by the camera as 120. Naturally I can't find the thread, but the review of the inserts on this forum mentions it. I recently bought 2 inserts and "converted" them in about 60 seconds each. Be sure you have a tiny Phillips screwdriver, and be careful not to lose the itsy-bitsy screw.

I've had good luck over the years in dealing with KEH, they rate condition very conservatively, and are good at dealing with problems.

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Thanks all,

I've hopefully found some lenses to use with the beast, so it shouldn't be too long before I can post some sample pics!
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QuoteOriginally posted by grhazelton Quote
Welcome aboard!

The 645n is a lovely beast. BTW, it is easy to convert the readily available and fairly cheap 220 inserts to be seen by the camera as 120. Naturally I can't find the thread, but the review of the inserts on this forum mentions it. I recently bought 2 inserts and "converted" them in about 60 seconds each. Be sure you have a tiny Phillips screwdriver, and be careful not to lose the itsy-bitsy screw.


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I found the thread about converting 220 to 120 usage by searching on APUG.org. Pentax 645N - 120 film in 220 magazine? While there're no pictures, if you have a 120 and 220 insert in front of you you'll have no problem.

BTW, APUG.org is a good site for film shooters.
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