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08-14-2011, 12:48 AM   #1
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Shooting with two 645s - has anyone done this before?

Well, I've been fiddling around with a lot of different formats and... well, I'm really really liking the ease of use and the large size negs of the Pentax 645 that I own. Prints are amazing from that camera.

I'm thinking of getting a second one so I can switch between shooting color and black and white. Curious if anyone else has done this with two 645s?? (that is, have you ever carried and shot with two 645 cameras??)

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You mean something in John Woo style?












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Reasonable enough. The bodies are cheap and you won't end up carrying any more weight than you would with 2 DSLRs with grips. I have carried a 645, a K10d and a 35mm film body all day a few times.

I know a guy who wanders around with 5 bodies in a small bag (for example two 120 film TLRs, a 120 folder and a pair of 35mm rangefinders), although the mix of bodies keeps changing.
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I find K-5 even hard to handle





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I can see you like the automation of the P645. I solved that problem with a camera with hot-swapping backs at the expense of automation. But I'm more a mechanical camera guy anyway when it comes to film. I can switch between 3 films at once with only the small weight of a back on a 500C/M and have the choice of 6x6 or 645.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Raffwal Quote
You mean something in John Woo style?
Absolutely.... *diving photoshoot!*


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I know a guy who wanders around with 5 bodies in a small bag (for example two 120 film TLRs, a 120 folder and a pair of 35mm rangefinders), although the mix of bodies keeps changing.
Ah, the folder and the rangefinders are really tiny and comparatively weightless. I've considered 35mm rangefinders but find it difficult to get good images out of 35mm neg (mainly due to my scanner). The TLRs can be pretty heavy. Probably same league as Pentax 645's.

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I find K-5 even hard to handle
We need left-handed cameras so we can dual-shoot it all day, everyday, non-stop 24 hours action.... of a flower photo.
Awesome photo!

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I can see you like the automation of the P645. I solved that problem with a camera with hot-swapping backs at the expense of automation. But I'm more a mechanical camera guy anyway when it comes to film. I can switch between 3 films at once with only the small weight of a back on a 500C/M and have the choice of 6x6 or 645.
I have a Bronica which is somewhat similar to the Hasselblad. I love the interchangeable backs but I'm realizing that I'm not that good at metering handheld in certain situations where the subject is in the dark and I'm far away in the light. Short of walking right up to them, it's pretty tough to get a good exposure. Considered Bronica AE meter but expensive and heavy and heard they're sometimes not spot on.

Most of my shots are pretty quick-paced "in the moment". Handheld metering is okay for that but quite a challenge when I'm in totally different light. Maybe I just have to learn to handheld meter better. (Sekonic L308s btw).
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I have two 645Ns, and am thinking of carrying both in ThinkTank holsters on my belt.......
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QuoteOriginally posted by Oris642 Quote
I have two 645Ns, and am thinking of carrying both in ThinkTank holsters on my belt.......

And a cartridge belt with all your films...

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I hate to say it, but I was actually thinking of doing that! (In a way)
Might not be a bad idea considering all the insert changes that can be done with the Pentax 645. Much quicker than reloading inserts with film if done correctly.

Man, I'm gonna look like a western cowboy when I go to Japan next year...
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I had 2 645 bodies, but I usually find it difficult to Shoot B&W and COLOR at the same time. I need always some time to adjust my view to one of these characteristics.
Therefor I sold one of them and build up a 6x7 equipment.
For things going direction of wide angle I up to portrait I prefer the 6x7 and for action and tele requesting things I prefer the 645.

Tele on 6x7 is an nightmare - the focal length is simply evaporating
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I just picked up the second 645 body but I'm still walking around with just one at the moment since I don't have a proper bag to hold two comfortably.

I was initially thinking 35mm + 645 (kind of like what you did klaus123 with a different "system" by going 6x7 and 645), but I think I just like the 645 format quite a bit. Being able to share lenses and inserts is a great thing.
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And a cartridge belt with all your films...
Not really relevant video (although there is at least one Pentax in there)

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That video was awesome!
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