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11-24-2018, 09:43 AM   #1
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Favoured Portrait Lens ?

Is there such a thing as a portrait lens "85mm" lens for the 645 range ? Normally I'd look for something equivalent around the 135mm range but with the exception of the 135LS there's only the 120 macro near to that in the 645 native lenses.

Any thoughts or suggestions - perhaps look at adapted 6x7 Taks ?

I'm a newbie in MF land so please be gentle with me :-)

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It so happened that's when I bought my P645 I came across a full set of Carl zeiss jena lenses in pentacon 6 mount for very cheap. There are 2 portrait lenses - 120mm and 180 mm. Out of the two the 180mm is really special so much so that I only use the 120 when I need space - it's much smaller. All of that to say that I haven't used any MF Pentax lenses...
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It so happened that's when I bought my P645 I came across a full set of Carl zeiss jena lenses in pentacon 6 mount for very cheap..
Is there an adaptor needed for these ? Never occured to me to look outside Pentax... off to ebay :-)

<later> and the answer would appear to be yes., oeer.
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Maybe this adapted from 6x7?
SMC Pentax 67 / S-M-C Takumar 6x7 / Super Takumar 105mm F2.4 Reviews - 67 Normal Primes - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

---------- Post added 11-24-18 at 02:02 PM ----------

Or this if you mean film 645: S-M-C Takumar 6x7 / Super Takumar 6x7 150mm F2.8 Reviews - 67 Telephoto Primes - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

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QuoteOriginally posted by rjm007 Quote
Is there an adaptor needed for these ? Never occured to me to look outside Pentax... off to ebay :-)

<later> and the answer would appear to be yes., oeer.
Yes, I got one made by Hartblei and it works fine
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Re: Favoured Portrait Lens ?

QuoteOriginally posted by rjm007 Quote
Is there such a thing as a portrait lens "85mm" lens for the 645 range ? Normally I'd look for something equivalent around the 135mm range but with the exception of the 135LS there's only the 120 macro near to that in the 645 native lenses.

Any thoughts or suggestions - perhaps look at adapted 6x7 Taks ?

I'm a newbie in MF land so please be gentle with me :-)
Although it's long, the FA 150mm f/2.8 is the best I can do, I like it better than the 75mm and though I love the 120mm Macro it is just too sharp (!) for most portraits. The 135mm leaf shutter is manual focus and thus outside my expertise and I don't know if it even works on digital bodies but it's the closest focal length, at least to my knowledge.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rjm007 Quote
Is there such a thing as a portrait lens "85mm" lens for the 645 range ? Normally I'd look for something equivalent around the 135mm range but with the exception of the 135LS there's only the 120 macro near to that in the 645 native lenses.

Any thoughts or suggestions - perhaps look at adapted 6x7 Taks ?

I'm a newbie in MF land so please be gentle with me :-)
Sold off my MF a few months ago but If I hadn't, still be using the FA 645 80-160.
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Sold off my MF a few months ago but If I hadn't, still be using the FA 645 80-160.
I only have 3 lenses, the 45mm, the 75mm and the 200mm. All FA 645 lenses. So I have to shoot with them.


The 200mm




The 75mm








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Lenses for portraiture with Pentax 645 cameras

QuoteOriginally posted by rjm007 Quote
Is there such a thing as a portrait lens "85mm" lens for the 645 range ? Normally I'd look for something equivalent around the 135mm range but with the exception of the 135LS there's only the 120 macro near to that in the 645 native lenses.

Any thoughts or suggestions - perhaps look at adapted 6x7 Taks ?

I'm a newbie in MF land so please be gentle with me :-)

For the Pentax 645N/D/Z there are numerous portrait lens possibilities. In my collection, I have used these ones with good results:

Native 645 lenses: D FA 90mm, A or FA 120mm, LS 135mm (in either LS or standard mode), A or FA 150mm, A or FA 45-85mm zoom, A or FA 80-160mm. I almost always use manual focus for portraits, so the A versions of these lenses are very acceptable. I would also mention the A, FA, and LS 75mm as portrature possibilities, athough some might consider them too wide except for full-body or group portraits.

Pentax 67 lenses: 67 105mm f 2.4, 67 macro 135mm f 1.4, 67 LS165mm f 1.4. I have not been able to get the Leaf Shutter (LS) feature of the LS165mm lens to function on the Pentax 645 cameras, but anyway it is an outstanding lens used in standard (non-LS) mode on the Pentax 645 cameras.
There are other Pentax 67 lenses of different focal lengths that I do not own and have not tried. Of course, these lenses require a P67-P645 adapter, and it is advisable to purchase the original Pentax adapter if you can find one.

Hoping this information may be helpful.


Carl Zeiss Jena (CZJ) lenses in Pentacon 6 mount: CZJ Biometar 80mm f 2.8, CZJ Biometar 120mm f 2.8, and the CZJ Sonnar 180mm f 2.8. These are all excellent, but the 180 may be little heavy to carry around very extensively.
There may be other CZJ lenses that I do not have in my collection, but these are the ones I have used and have found acceptable for portraiture. All of course require a P6-P645 adapter.
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I'm probably going to look out for the 135LS at some point. Whilst AF lenses would be nice I really bought the 645 to scratch a specific itch for a landscape camera - time will tell where it takes me :-)

I've already started looking at lenses for the Pentacon Six . I already have 35mm LBA - I really don't need another one !
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I like doing these with my P67 105/2.4 + Extension Tube #1. But after doing some, I don't get volunteers anymore


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I like doing these with my P67 105/2.4 + Extension Tube #1. But after doing some, I don't get volunteers anymore


Ha! Truth is not always acceptable.

Rick "who usually has to take action shots of people's backsides" Denney
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I like doing these with my P67 105/2.4 + Extension Tube #1. But after doing some, I don't get volunteers anymore

At least the eyes are critically sharp. But that's what creeped me out...
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At least the eyes are critically sharp. But that's what creeped me out...
Yeah, they are not very flattering pictures. But I like'em


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