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12-19-2012, 07:11 PM   #16
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Today, the sun came out after the rain. Chilly clear air. Went into town to the post office, then walked to an overlook above the sea. A small park -- the same spot where I'd previously taken a digital photo and a 35mm film photo. Today, used the 645N. Will compare all three images later on.

Below the park, train rails along the bluff. And a train was coming! I had no trouble at all focusing and composing -- the 645N is so easy! Click! But then, I realized that I'd taken a picture of the end of the train, since Antrak runs them backwards here a lot. But I was able to take a second shot before the train passed -- with the locomotive this time. Very, very happy that the camera is so intuitive and easy to use. It is a joy to have lenses with real hyperfocal-distance marks. And to know that, unlike digital, when I set the lens focus, it will not change between shots.

Anyway, I'm preaching to the choir here. So I'll stop. Next step -- maybe -- noticed from your posts that the 35mm lens is a treasure... 20mm in 35mm terms, right? So I think I'll check out prices. But they will probably be high, since that's the kind of lens you could make money with... architectural, landscape. We'll see.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jon404 Quote
Anyway, I'm preaching to the choir here. So I'll stop. Next step -- maybe -- noticed from your posts that the 35mm lens is a treasure... 20mm in 35mm terms, right? So I think I'll check out prices. But they will probably be high, since that's the kind of lens you could make money with... architectural, landscape. We'll see.
I was hoping Santa would bring me a KEH E+ 645 A 35mm lens this Christmas, but it was not to be. They seem to be one of the most valued of the commonly available lenses and cost about twice what I paid for my 645N body.

I am playing with (and enjoying too) the 6x7 cameras from Pentax, since the totally obsolete glass is a good bit cheaper than the 645A counterparts. The lenses are amazing. Think Takumar look and feel on a GIANT scale. If you're shooting wide and want a really amazing negative, the 6x7 Pentax is hard to beat, if you can get your hands on a well maintained body.

Enjoying your posts, jon404. I like your writing style.
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QuoteOriginally posted by germar Quote
I was hoping Santa would bring me a KEH E+ 645 A 35mm lens this Christmas, but it was not to be. They seem to be one of the most valued of the commonly available lenses and cost about twice what I paid for my 645N body.

I am playing with (and enjoying too) the 6x7 cameras from Pentax, since the totally obsolete glass is a good bit cheaper than the 645A counterparts. The lenses are amazing. Think Takumar look and feel on a GIANT scale. If you're shooting wide and want a really amazing negative, the 6x7 Pentax is hard to beat, if you can get your hands on a well maintained body.

Enjoying your posts, jon404. I like your writing style.
Oh, yeah! I bought my 35mm manual focus perhaps 18 months or 2 years ago for $550, a gulp worthy price then.. Turned out to be NOS, complete packaging, even a warranty card! A few months later KEH listed Bargain 35s at better than $500. BTW, don't be afraid of Bargain from KEH.
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Over the years I have purchased many lenses from KEH for my Hasselblad, Mamiya, Pentax 6x7 and Nikon ranging from excellent to bargain. I haven't been disappointed yet.

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KEH is excellent. So is Amazon, where I found a simple sturdy Mithra camera bag ... shown in their product pic with a Pentax 645! (sold me on it right there) Amazon.com: Mithra Edition Stylish DSLR Camera Carrying Bag with Removable Shoulder Strap for Pentax 645D / Pentax K-7 / Pentax K-5/ Pentax K-r/ Pentax K-x: Camera & Photo ... it holds my 645N with lens, and a second lens in a lens case, and several filters and rolls of film, no problem. Also works just fine for larger 35mm cameras, like an old Nikon FM3a with motor-winder, extra lens, filters, film, etc. The bag comes with a really good shoulder strap. Best of all, it is generically stupid-looking... just an old bag... nothing to indicate that it is a camera bag. No logos, nothing that screams 'steal me!' Cool.

KEH consistently delivers top-quality cameras and lenses. And Amazon's got tons of film, filters, all the other stuff... with really fast delivery. Two great companies for photographers.
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Walking around town today with my 645N over my shoulder. Nice how the strap mounting points let it hang lens-down. Easy to carry, to walk with.

Felt self-conscious at first, with this highly-visible gigantic camera (at least compared to my shirt-pocket XZ-1). But then I noticed that nobody on our busy main street was paying me any attention at all. As an average-looking 68-year-old, I was still as invisible to younger people as I was before the 645N. Which made me feel very happy. Now, if this changes in future, I'll report on it -- am slightly worried that some younger Iraq vet with PTSD might think I'm pointing an RPG at him... but we'll see.

Am I the only person who has felt self-conscious with this large camera, or have you felt like this also?
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QuoteOriginally posted by jon404 Quote
Walking around town today with my 645N over my shoulder. Nice how the strap mounting points let it hang lens-down. Easy to carry, to walk with.

Felt self-conscious at first, with this highly-visible gigantic camera (at least compared to my shirt-pocket XZ-1). But then I noticed that nobody on our busy main street was paying me any attention at all. As an average-looking 68-year-old, I was still as invisible to younger people as I was before the 645N. Which made me feel very happy. Now, if this changes in future, I'll report on it -- am slightly worried that some younger Iraq vet with PTSD might think I'm pointing an RPG at him... but we'll see.

Am I the only person who has felt self-conscious with this large camera, or have you felt like this also?
I feel more self-conscious only when I'm shooting pictures of people with it, as it's so big that it can't be ignored. My recent purchase of a 150mm lens should help that as it will allow me to shoot from further away. If I'm out on the street (where I don't shoot portraits) then I don't feel and more self-conscious than I do with my DSLR.
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