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09-28-2011, 01:26 PM   #1
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Hulking behemoth that is the 6x7

This isn't really relevant to anything, I just wanted to express my shock at the sheer size of the 6x7, I think it had the 150mm f/2.8 lens on it, and it was sat under the glass counter like a monster.

How on earth do you carry that thing about? I've heard much about it's status as an outstanding camera but, just... wow.

09-28-2011, 02:15 PM   #2
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I shoulder carry my P6x7 now due to mysterious neck injury.
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Well, you can put a waist level finder on it and it does shrink both in size and weight. But, yeah, coming from 135 format it can seem large indeed. In fact, the WLF is on mine almost all the time.




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QuoteOriginally posted by Mareket Quote

How on earth do you carry that thing about? I've heard much about it's status as an outstanding camera but, just... wow.
When I shoot with mine, this is the kit I carry (except for the bellows).
I think it's about 30 pounds.

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Wow Wheatfield, you have a strong neck.
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Due to its wooden grip it's really easy to handle, Mareket. Actually easier than the 645D if you ask me. Other than that, I use sunbounce belts for all my cams.
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Aha, yeah bringing a pack mule along seems like a good idea. I forgot about the wooden handle, and a waist level finder is no doubt amazingly useful, especially when you're going to be doing predominantly tripod mounted shooting. I hate trying to look through a viewfinder on a tripod...

Yeah the 645D looks like a monster as well, I much prefer the look and ergonomics of the 67/6x7 to the 645 lot. I think I'll stick with my 135 and APS-C SLRs for now though :P

Got to be a good work out lugging that lot around all day Wheatfield. The results speak for themselves though in the image posting place thing.

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Mount a small lens like the 90/2.8 and just put it in a small shoulder bag or a backpack. It's not that large. The problems start when you carry around the whole system with several lenses and everything.
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Yeah, that kit doesn't get carried far. It's way heavier than my 4x5 kit, even with 25 film holders. I've got it all stored in a big Lowe Pro backpack.
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Yeah, that kit doesn't get carried far. It's way heavier than my 4x5 kit, even with 25 film holders. I've got it all stored in a big Lowe Pro backpack.
You could just carry 3 lenses from your kit and cover a lot of bases.
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MY typical kit if I was planning on any kind of hike is the 45, 105 (not shown in that picture) and the 165.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
MY typical kit if I was planning on any kind of hike is the 45, 105 (not shown in that picture) and the 165.
That's a popular combination for me too. That is 3 different filter sizes with that 165mm LS so I added the 165mm f2.8 eventually to my kit to cut down on filters. With a complete BW color set and ND filters, it really adds up. The Zeiss lenses in my Hassy kit are all the same size at 67mm for my 50 ,60, 80, 100, 120 and 150mm lenses and I can get by with only two lens hoods for all of them but 3 hoods is what's made for them (excluding the 50mm which is not worth putting a lens hood for what little good it can do).

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I now have two AP 6x7 camera bodies and 5 lenses: 55-100mm zoom, 75mm prime, 135mm macro (including extension tubes), 165mm prime, and a 200mm prime. One of the bodies has a (working) metering prism, the other a non-metering prism. I tend to use a hand-held meter in both cases anyway.

The whole outfit is quite hefty

When out and about with it, it is packed in two "insulated" supermarket zip up shopping bags in the boot of the car (padded by foam rubber mats).

When walking around a biggish area searching for subject matter, I carry one of the outfits in a wheeled shopping cart (it fits very well).

When walking only a short distance from the car, I sling the required camera and lens from my neck with a neck-strap: it's no big deal.

I figure it looks no bigger than some Canikon SLR with autofocus and VR lens. 99% of my shots are hand-held: dead easy!

Only once has anybody commented on it: a guy who immediately recognized the AP 6x7 for what it was and behaved as if he'd come cross a live dinosaur

I'm strictly an amateur (and a tyro at that), but I love the prints I get from these outfits.
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