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01-19-2013, 05:04 PM   #1
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Just picked up a Pentax 645D.

Hi everybody,

I'm primarily a Leica rangefinder photographer who has been admiring images created with the Pentax 645D for a while now.

This week, I was able to acquire a demo 645D and l am just starting to get to know it.

Here is my first portrait with the new gear:

The purple hat portrait, revisited. | P r o s o p h o s

And here is a gallery of my previous images, to give you an idea of what I normally photograph:

My Images | P r o s o p h o s

I'm not sure if the 645D and I will ultimately mesh, as it is a decidedly different beast from a rangefinder.

We'll see...

Peter.
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01-19-2013, 06:51 PM   #2
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Congratulations with the 645D! Thanks for sharing your story!
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I love your purple hat portait. Great shot and atmosphere. Mice dark background with the dark bricks on the right. I really like it.

Thank you for sharing,
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Peter:

You are going to love that camera. Given your interest in portraits, you might try a 67 90mm f2.8 or 67 105mm f2.4 (via adapter). Very nice OOF rendering with those lenses. Pentax has a new 90mm with in-lens stabilization for the 645, but it is quite expensive ($5k), the old 67 lenses are a few hundred dollars. An example with the 90mm:

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Welcome! Great photography on your site - I am sure the 645d will serve you well!
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Congratulations with the 645D! Thanks for sharing your story!
Thank you very much Ole...
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I love your purple hat portait. Great shot and atmosphere. Mice dark background with the dark bricks on the right. I really like it.

Thank you for sharing,
Thank you hcc... I see the potential in this beautiful machine, and hope to make nice images with it.

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Welcome! Great photography on your site - I am sure the 645d will serve you well!
Thank you!

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Peter:

You are going to love that camera. Given your interest in portraits, you might try a 67 90mm f2.8 or 67 105mm f2.4 (via adapter). Very nice OOF rendering with those lenses. Pentax has a new 90mm with in-lens stabilization for the 645, but it is quite expensive ($5k), the old 67 lenses are a few hundred dollars. An example with the 90mm:

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Thank you so much Tom! The rendering in that image is gorgeous... is that wide open at f/2.8? I must confess I'm totally ignorant about 67 lenses. I did a quick search and found the 90/28 is very compact.

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I have the 67 90mm f/2.8 and also the 105mm f/2.4 for my 645D. I bought the lenses after seeing results from Chris Willson especially with the 105mm. Even excellent copies of 67 lenses are cheap, and these 2 render lovely results wide open. Not necessarily at the same level as your Noct but probably among the best options for this sort of look on the 645D, for those comfortable shooting old-school manual glass.
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I have the 67 90mm f/2.8 and also the 105mm f/2.4 for my 645D. I bought the lenses after seeing results from Chris Willson especially with the 105mm. Even excellent copies of 67 lenses are cheap, and these 2 render lovely results wide open. Not necessarily at the same level as your Noct but probably among the best options for this sort of look on the 645D, for those comfortable shooting old-school manual glass.
Thanks Royce. I no longer have the Noctilux by the way... sold it to fund the Pentax 645D and lenses.
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Really like the purple hat portraits, by the way, both versions. Curious to see what you think of the 67 105mm if you give it a go.
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Thank you so much Tom! The rendering in that image is gorgeous... is that wide open at f/2.8? I must confess I'm totally ignorant about 67 lenses. I did a quick search and found the 90/28 is very compact.

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Yes it is wide open. The 90mm is very compact and close focusing, the 105 less so in both. I sold my 105 and kept the 90, the 105 is almost a cult lens, but I found the 90 more to my liking. You can easily try both and decide for yourself.
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Hi Peter,

Congradulations on the 645D purchase and from the look fo it, you've made an auspcious start!. As you probably know from the other forum(s) I too am a Leica M shooter and so I find each system lends itself to different types of imagery. You've gotten some great advice here regarding lenses, especially some of the interesting 67 ones. I'll have to go back and find the link to my comprehensive testing of multiple samples of most all Pentax FA Af lenses on the 645D...in case you would like to have some idea of the performance levels of many of these lenses. I enjoyed many of your images and the purple hat portraits. Welcome aboard!

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if you and the camera don't mesh, i suppose i can do you a favor and take it off your hands.
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