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08-23-2016, 03:20 AM   #1
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smc PENTAX-6x7 1:5.6 500mm

I bought this lens second-hand, but in very fine condition in November last year. I have written an extensive review of the lens in the review section smc PENTAX-6x7 1:5.6 500mm, but thought I would post some recent shots.

The lens itself next to the smc Pentax-67 1:4 300mm:

Twice the weight and twice the length plus 95mm filter size compared to 82mm on the 300mm.
Camera: Pentax 6x7 MLU
Lens: smc Pentax 67 165mm F4 LS
Exposure: 1/125 @ F11 Leaf Shutter + AF540FGZ
Film: Fomapan 400 Action dev. in Kodak XTOL 1+1

This is what it looks like on the old Pentax 6x7:

Camera: Pentax 645N
Lens: smc Pentax-A 645 150mm F3.5 (Y2 filter)
Exposure: 1/750 @ F5.6
Film: Fomapan 400 Action dev. in Kodak XTOL 1+1

Semi-handheld shot (left hand holding the lens supported on a handrail). Metering is fine with the old TTL prism. Detail of the rudder on a coxed inrigger four rowing boat:

Exposure: 1/500 @ F8

And a fully handheld shot (rifle style with the left elbow resting on the hipbone):

Exposure: 1/500 @ F9.5

Film: Fomapan 400 Action dev. in Kodak XTOL 1+1

It is not my favourite walkaround lens. It is rather akward to carry, but it is quite fun to use once in a while. Of course a tripod is required for optimum image quality, but that is one thing more to schlepp around, so I wanted to see what could be done without one.

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QuoteOriginally posted by LaHo Quote
I bought this lens second-hand, but in very fine condition in November last year. I have written an extensive review of the lens in the review section smc PENTAX-6x7 1:5.6 500mm, but thought I would post some recent shots.

The lens itself next to the smc Pentax-67 1:4 300mm:

Twice the weight and twice the length plus 95mm filter size compared to 82mm on the 300mm.
Camera: Pentax 6x7 MLU
Lens: smc Pentax 67 165mm F4 LS
Exposure: 1/125 @ F11 Leaf Shutter + AF540FGZ
Film: Fomapan 400 Action dev. in Kodak XTOL 1+1

This is what it looks like on the old Pentax 6x7:

Camera: Pentax 645N
Lens: smc Pentax-A 645 150mm F3.5 (Y2 filter)
Exposure: 1/750 @ F5.6
Film: Fomapan 400 Action dev. in Kodak XTOL 1+1

Semi-handheld shot (left hand holding the lens supported on a handrail). Metering is fine with the old TTL prism. Detail of the rudder on a coxed inrigger four rowing boat:

Exposure: 1/500 @ F8

And a fully handheld shot (rifle style with the left elbow resting on the hipbone):

Exposure: 1/500 @ F9.5

Film: Fomapan 400 Action dev. in Kodak XTOL 1+1

It is not my favourite walkaround lens. It is rather akward to carry, but it is quite fun to use once in a while. Of course a tripod is required for optimum image quality, but that is one thing more to schlepp around, so I wanted to see what could be done without one.
Good results without a tripod! Looks like the lens has a completely different design than the 6x7 600/4, which is twice the weight. No chance hand holding that at 6kg.

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The 500 is a fairly rare lens and very different from the outer bay Takumar lenses for the 67. The use of inner bay mounting, the slower speed and fewer lens elements made this lens unusual in the lens lineup for the 67. It did not sell well, probably because there was a 400 and 600mm that were similar in focal length.
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... and because of the 400mm and 800mm ED lenses.

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