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09-25-2015, 06:04 PM   #1
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I see lots of threads here for the 645Z and very few for the 645D but none for the 645N...something wrong with that camera? Even ol' Ken Rockwell gave it a better thumbs up than for the 645.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ColColt Quote
...something wrong with that camera?
The only thing wrong with it is that hardly anyone shoots with film anymore

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09-25-2015, 06:35 PM   #3
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What!!?? What's wrong with everybody? 90% of my cameras use film. I still like the old ways. I just wish Agfapan 400 was still available-great film.
09-25-2015, 07:28 PM   #4
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I have the original 645, it's a lovely camera, I imagine the 645N is that much better. Mr Rockwell makes a mountain out of a molehill with regards to it's viewfinder, I find it just dandy.

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There is way too much emphasis on the tools we use and not enough on our eye. The 645n can get the job done if we have the talent.
"Hardly anyone shoots with film anymore." The Flickr Pentax 6x7 forum has 4000 members. Not a small number.
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I've had tons of medium format cameras pass through my hands over the last 20 years. Quite a few have been Pentax 645's, but I've never set eyes on a 645N. I've seen brochures, but I've never seen a single one in person.
While Mamiya did well with their film insert 645 cameras, they eventually switched to interchangeable backs, because that's what the portrait photographers of the time were wanting. Pentax however, stuck with the insert design with the 645N and found themselves alone in the marketplace.
It probably qualifies as quite a rare camera.
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Start a Post Your 645N Photos thread.

Perhaps the reason a specific thread does not exist is that we all posted our medium format in the medium format thread ( before a 645D/Z existed) and there were just a handful of us doing it. At the time there was no point in segregation if you wanted an active thread. And since most of us shot more than one medium format film brand we posted them there too.

I, for one, feel, it's the picture not the gear that is interesting.

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It probably qualifies as quite a rare camera.

I don't find it near as rare as the Pentax 67II. Those in good condition(and not in Japan) are like hen's teeth.

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I have a 645N and there are a few others here who have that camera. A fine camera. I'd say the K Rockwell review is a very useful review. Not a rare camera in the U.K. based on several retailers' stock.

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He sure didn't think much of the 645 but gave high accolades to the 645N.
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The Pentax 645 is a fine camera. I sold both of mine when I got a 645n. I use it in Aperture-priority with focus-confirmation for my manual-focus lenses. It eats 220 rolls of RVP50 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Then, after dinner I add the original AF360FGZ flash which speaks TTL to it in 645 mode. A very sweet combination.
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I don't know much about these cameras. Can you use manual focus lens with them or just the AF variety?
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QuoteOriginally posted by ColColt Quote
I don't know much about these cameras. Can you use manual focus lens with them or just the AF variety?
All Pentax 645 lenses will work with all Pentax 645 cameras and retain full functionality of the lens as long as the body supports that function. 645 A lenses will work on AF bodies but will of course be manual focus. 645 FA lenses will work on the original 645 but lose AF.
Exceptions being SDM won't function on film bodies, and I'm not sure how well the 25mm works on film.
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No film users? Such non-sense. I shoot 95% film, among many others.
The 645N is really more user-friendly than the 645, albeit not necessarily more sturdy. Great camera (had both). Good bright viewfinder, nice 3:4 format, very easy in the hand.
Then I discovered 6x6 and loved the square, so I sold all my 13 P645 lenses and camera(s). Recently repurchased the A 35mm (645) though I have no camera for it
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I think there's a lot to be said for the 6x45 format. I almost bought the Mamiya years ago(80's) until someone showed me a 6x7 negative. Back then a 220 roll of film for the 6x7 would yield not only superb quality for enlargements but you got 20 shots a roll. Now days you only get 10 with 120 since 220 is not made in any B&W film I know of and that's primarily what I shoot. With the 15 shots before changing inserts, the 645 looked inviting. Moreover, I just like the looks of it.

You can't beat a price like this for any camera these days and especially a medium format.

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