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10-23-2012, 08:02 AM   #1
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Looking at used 645 kit

Hey guys, looking for some tips on purchasing a 645 film kit.

The gentleman is offering:
645 film body
75mm f2.8
55mm f2.8
120mm f4 macro

along with 6 packs of film, 2 loaders, some polorizers, and a few other misc items. For around under $1000

First off, is this a good price? I don't know 645 stuff at all, but medium format film intrigues me pretty heavily, especially since I found a place locally that will develop and sell the film.

What should I look for when I inspect the gear? Any different from buying old 35mm bodies?

Thanks!

10-23-2012, 08:28 AM   #2
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It depends on whether that is a 645 / 645N / or 645NII. If it's an original 645 I'd say that's a bit high. I'm assuming those are A lenses as well. Check the data base for current prices. I got a good condition 645 + an A 75mm lens for about $300. The A55 is an ok lens and I think I paid about $150 for it. The 120mm macro is a great lens and as I recall goes for about $300.
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My price observations when I was last looking...

645 body: 100-150
type 120 holders: 60-140 ea.
75mm 2.8: 90-150
55mm 2.8: 75-220
120 4 macro: 150-275


So the total is a max price of about $1000

Best Current Price on the bay...

645 body: 225
type 120 holders: 75 ea.
75mm 2.8: 200
55mm 2.8: 230
120 4 macro: 250

Total $1055


So with film thrown in and some extras and if the body is in good shape... a nice deal.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MysteryOnion Quote
...So with film thrown in and some extras and if the body is in good shape... a nice deal.
I was doing it from memory of when I bought mine several years ago. Nice research. It does depend on the condition of the body and lenses of course. I think I'd be checking the battery compartment for corrosion, the viewfinder for dirt and condition of the rubber (sticky or not), and the lenses for the usual oil/dust/ movement of the blades.

I have to say though that if I were just getting into MF, I'd go with a 645 + a 75mm lens only and get some time on it to see if I wanted to do more. Just a thought.

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The good news for buyers is that 645 lens prices have dropped quite a bit over the past six months or so. I would guess this is due, mostly, to the 645D sales dropping due to the release of the D800 and the aging of the 645D system, which was released in 2010. It's still a great camera, I love mine, but lens prices will likely stay low until a release of the 645D II, which I would guess will be somewhere between 6 months and a year and a half from now. Then I see used 645 lens prices jumping back up again, at least until Pentax comes out with more new 645 lenses to replace the old 645 lenses originally designed for film.
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Missed my window.... He sold it already.

Damn kijiji!
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You're in Edmonton? I noticed he didn't take down the ad after I bought it.
If it makes you feel any better, it is not perfectly functional. See my other topic.

If you are still in the search for one, Ken Rockwell (cringe) actually has a good write-up on the 645 and all it's functions and foibles. After reading his article you will know very well how to operate and test it. Just ignore the bit about the viewfinder, it's bright enough.

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Looking at used 645 kit

QuoteOriginally posted by Mock Quote
You're in Edmonton? I noticed he didn't take down the ad after I bought it.

If it makes you feel any better, it is not perfectly functional. See my other topic.



If you are still in the search for one, Ken Rockwell (cringe) actually has a good write-up on the 645 and all it's functions and foibles. After reading his article you will know very well how to operate and test it. Just ignore the bit about the viewfinder, it's bright enough.




Yup, in Edmonton.



I was hummin and hawing over it all week. Good thing I did because I can now go back to plan A. I need to stay off the kijiji...


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I was lucky enough to buy exactly that kit of body with three A lenses for $450 last year. I did it to recoup the 120mm which I had sold, which I later regretted. Mine was a very good deal, a realistic price would be $750. $1000 is not overly high but certainly not cheap—check FEH or Adorama.
The camera is very nice to handle. I do agree that the 645N is worth the extra cost. But it remains a very capable system.
I've bought seriously enough into it to be building my own dark room by the end of this year! (I'm sitting behind the screen most of the day for my work so wet printing is relaxing).
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With this one getting away I'm on the prowl. One last good purchase before year end and xmas shopping..

645 film kit

Or

Used Canon 5D mkii body and adapt some M glass to use on it

Or

K5 mkiis + maybe an FA 43 limited
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