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06-23-2014, 09:55 AM   #1
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645D Focusing Screen

I am awaiting the delivery of a used Pentax 645D camera. If I don't like the focusing screen, I will put a Bill Maxwell screen in it. He put a screen in my Chamonix 4x5 and my Pentax 67 and I liked them both. (Sorry, but it has been a while since I've had either camera and while I remember that I liked them both better than the OEM screen, I can only recall that "I liked them both.") I just spoke with Bill and while he hasn't done a screen for a 645D he is willing to give it a try. There are two different screens he could do for it: a laser matrix screen which increases contrast as you get closer to being in focus, and a split screen that tells you when you are in focus. (Believe me, his language for this is much more technical than mine and to get the full flavor of what you might be getting you would want to talk with Bill.) The price is around $400. Except as a previously satisfied customer, I have no affiliation with Maxwell Precision Optics. Bill can be reached at maxwellprecisionoptics@yahoo.com.

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You won't need it. I just got my used 645d and Oem screen is really good! Very bright! My eyes are not what they use to be also. I have a Maxwell screen in my RolleI so I know what your talking about. Awesome screen
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Thanks for the headsup. I'd much prefer to not spend the $400.
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Don you will love this camera! The image detail of the large file is like night and day from my full frame sony dslr.

06-24-2014, 05:34 PM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by fatboy22 Quote
Don you will love this camera! The image detail of the large file is like night and day from my full frame sony dslr.
I started shooting about 15 years ago with a P67; then moved to a 4x5. When they stopped making Readyload film and it was hard to get processed in a timely way I switched to a Nikon D800. I have never felt comfortable with it and decided to switch to the 645D as soon as the prices came down and within my price range. I had a K20D for awhile and had hoped for a high MP full frame Pentax but tired of waiting. I loved the P67 and still have some 67 glass. I think I'm going to be very happy with it.
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67 glass on 645D

I use my P67 glass on 645D and it works great! So far I have tried 50mm, 135mm macro,90mm and 165mm. They all worked well. I did buy one 645 A lens the 35mm. its a great lens and as wide as they have without spending big bucks on new 25mm. Attached are 3 photos. the Betty Boop was shot with the 165mm from across the room with ringflash. the other 2 were with the 135mm macro. These are some of my first images using this amazing camera.


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06-26-2014, 12:34 PM   #7
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Jamie, your pansy photo looks like a Georgia O'Keefe painting (and that's a good thing ). The P67 135mm lens doesn't have a good reputation but I must have gotten an exceptional copy because it was very good on my P67 and ended up being my favorite lens. I was disappointed in the P67 45mm and happy with the 200mm. In anticipation of getting the 645D and with the lenses I already have, I now have an A-35mm, (P67) 45mm, FA-55mm 2.8, FA-75mm, (67) 55-110mm, A-120mm, (P67) 200mm, (67) 300mm, 645 A-300 and an A-400mm. I also have a P67 2x and 645 1.4x Teleconverters. Both the 645 and 67 zoom lenses have such good reputations, I'm not sure if I will need to carry any primes under 200mm. I'm going to have to spend a fair amount of time testing all of these lenses. Can't wait to bet started. (I'm out of town on business until the weekend and won't pick up my 645D until I can get to the P.O. on Saturday AM.

Thanks for your encouragement.
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