Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
06-28-2015, 03:43 AM   #1
Junior Member




Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 28
Pentax 645 viewfinder

Hello,

I've been thinking of buying the original Pentax 645.

I keep hearing the VF on the 645N is much brighter, but I can't afford it, so I would just like to know about your experience with this camera.

The Spotmatic has a dim viewfinder, but I find it very easy to focus.The Pentax 6x7 VF is not exactly bright either, but I also find it easy to focus, at least with the 105mm.

06-28-2015, 06:12 AM   #2
Loyal Site Supporter
AquaDome's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: New Carlisle, IN
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,402
The original 645 has a split prism focusing screen. The 645n does not.
That is the main difference I have noticed between the two.
If they were interchangeable, I would have a 645 screen in my 645n.
06-28-2015, 06:27 AM   #3
Junior Member




Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 28
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by AquaDome Quote
The original 645 has a split prism focusing screen. The 645n does not.
That is the main difference I have noticed between the two.
If they were interchangeable, I would have a 645 screen in my 645n.
Thanks ! Happy to hear that !
06-28-2015, 07:45 AM   #4
Senior Member




Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Münsterland
Posts: 124
There also exists a split focusing screen for the N(II).
I have one in my 645D...

-Linus-

06-28-2015, 09:30 AM   #5
Site Supporter
Alex645's Avatar

Join Date: May 2015
Location: Kaneohe, HI
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,140
QuoteOriginally posted by PedroT Quote
Hello,

I've been thinking of buying the original Pentax 645.

I keep hearing the VF on the 645N is much brighter, but I can't afford it, so I would just like to know about your experience with this camera.

The Spotmatic has a dim viewfinder, but I find it very easy to focus.The Pentax 6x7 VF is not exactly bright either, but I also find it easy to focus, at least with the 105mm.
I've owned the original 645 since the late '80s. I also own two Nikon F3HP, which in my opinion, are the best manual focus 35mm FSLRs ever made. With the Nikon, I upgraded to a brighter Beattie focusing screen. Even with that, I find my 645 viewfinder huge and easy to focus with. I primarily shoot with either a normal 75mm f/2.8 prime or the wide angle 35mm f/3.5 prime. Of course, if you're using a telephoto or zoom that only opens to f/4 or f/5.6, the finder is going to be significantly darker compared to a 35mm FSLRs f/1.4 50mm prime, but fairly similar to what most DSLR photographers experience with their 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit zooms or even non-Pentaxians with pentamirrors.
So to answer your question: No, I don't think the VF is dark and it is relative to the lens you're going to shoot with. I do have the optional eye cup for the finder and if I had one complaint about the viewfinder, it's the diopter which on mine has a tendency to creep too easily. I have a friend who owns the 645N, and like all auto focus cameras, the focusing screens in the viewfinder is harder to manually focus. And of course, anyone using a polarizer is going to have a very dark viewfinder to no fault of the camera.
08-13-2015, 12:47 PM   #6
New Member




Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Sofia
Posts: 13
Just an iadvice. There are many types of mirrors for the 645 - and some are awful for manual focusing (like mine). There is not split. So make sure when you are buying one it is with a mirror that has a split for focusing. It can also be changed later but it is additional costs. And focusing with the mirror I have is very hard, especially if you are planning to shoot in dark areas and portraits.
08-17-2015, 02:26 PM   #7
Forum Member




Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Northants, England
Posts: 97
I have no experience of the 645 but have the 645N The viewfinder is both big and bright in my opinion and while this may not apply to the 645 the manual focus "A" lenses for the 645N have the bright green hexagonal light which come on when the lens has focused on the object. Very useful when in dark scenes it is not easy to use your eyes using the matte screen

asahijock
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
645d, 645z, camera, medium format, pentax, vf, viewfinder
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Can't see through Pentax 645 viewfinder lgunders Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 2 10-13-2014 02:17 PM
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 645 Viewfinder Magnifier Macroguy Sold Items 1 05-09-2012 12:31 PM
Pentax 645 stuck on M 1000 (LCD and viewfinder) Smolk Pentax Medium Format 2 08-18-2010 04:23 PM
Pentax 6x7 Viewfinder List and Pentax 645 Film Backs Adam Pentax Medium Format 2 07-29-2010 05:38 AM
Pentax 645-N viewfinder icon Chococat Pentax Medium Format 4 07-14-2009 11:37 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:04 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top