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09-05-2011, 12:51 AM   #1
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Questions about the 645.

I've got the med format bug again and am going to finally get a body and lens soon. First I was interested in a Kiev 60 'cause they're inexpensive and I like Russian/Ukrainian stuff. Until I discovered they are not reliable.
I currently shoot with a Nikon D300, and loaded the N6006 yesterday and shot my 1st roll of film in about 2 years.
For years I've always liked the 645, and they're reasonably priced. My questions are-Do they all have a meter built in? Do you get a vertical or horizontal image when the camera is upright? What is the flash sync speed? Thanks in advance and I look forward to my 1st MF experience!

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All models have an TTL-Meter
Normal position is Landscape
Sync-Speed is 1/60 unlesss you use a LS-Lens (1/500)
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Thanks Klaus.
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As a matter of fact the meter on the plain 645 is very good and should cover 90 or 95% of all situation.

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I'm going to order the body with 2 120 inserts, 75 2.8 and 150 3.5 SMC A lenses, strap, extra body and lens caps, 2 large eyecups, film, and instruction book. Is there anything else I need? Will I need an extra take up reel? I know I don't have a wide angle lens, but I can get one later. Rather start out with the 150 instead of 45 and have to wait for telephoto capability. Budget is too tight to get all 3 lenses now
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I would imagine the inserts probably come with take up reels, but if they don't anyone who develops 120 film (for themselves or professionally) should have plenty. (And on that note, yes, you also need film. )

And just to make your life harder, you might also consider the 55mm, which takes the same filters as your other two lenses (the 45mm doesn't).
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If you own lenses from your Kiev60* (also all Carl Zeiss Jena lenses with P6 mount) - you can adapt them to Ptx645 => here https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-medium-format-645-6x7-645d/108778-...cessories.html * I wonder . IMHO the Kiev60 is one of the most reliable commie medium format cameras. Even more reliable than his origin (the PentaconSix TL)
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And just to make your life harder, you might also consider the 55mm, which takes the same filters as your other two lenses (the 45mm doesn't).
Yes that's something to consider. With digital, I don't use as many filters. But with film, 81b and Tiffen 812 filters live on my lenses most of the time 'cause I like a warm balance, especially on an overcast day.

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QuoteOriginally posted by veraikon Quote
If you own lenses from your Kiev60* (also all Carl Zeiss Jena lenses with P6 mount) - you can adapt them to Ptx645 => here https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-medium-format-645-6x7-645d/108778-...cessories.html * I wonder . IMHO the Kiev60 is one of the most reliable commie medium format cameras. Even more reliable than his origin (the PentaconSix TL)
I never had a Kiev 60-was thinking about getting one before I decided on 645. However, the adapter would be a good thing to have. Last week I ordered a tilt adapter with Arsat 80 2.8 lens for my Nikons. I'd like to be able to use that lens(and other P6 mount lenses) with the 645.
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