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08-11-2019, 06:27 AM   #1
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Smallest medium format Pentax SLR?

Hi how many MF SLR cameras were manufacture by Pentax in its history of existence?

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The first was the 6x7. It had several variants. It then became the 67, followed by the 67 II.

Pentax 6x7 Medium Format - Pentax Pentax Film Cameras - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications

In the 1980s they released the 645. The 645N added autofocus. It was followed by the 645N II. Then the 645D was introduced in 2010, followed by the 645Z in 2014.

Pentax 645 Medium Format - Pentax Pentax Film Cameras - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications

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The 645D & 645Z compared to the K-1 II.

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What boriscleto said.
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So by weight, and boriscleto's post, the K-1 is the smallest MF Pentax camera.

If you're going by an official 645 designation, the original Pentax 645 is probably the lightest of the 645-designated cameras, if you are looking for film rather than digital. (It's definitely lighter than the digital 645s.)

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QuoteOriginally posted by leekil Quote
So by weight, and boriscleto's post, the K-1 is the smallest MF Pentax camera.

If you're going by an official 645 designation, the original Pentax 645 is probably the lightest of the 645-designated cameras, if you are looking for film rather than digital. (It's definitely lighter than the digital 645s.)
35mm (aka 24x36mm) is what we call FF today and the K-1 is a small format camera; not MF.

The lightest and smallest Pentax MF film camera is the 645 and the lightest and smallest digital MF has been the 645D.

However, it should be noted that with film, you can trim a lot of overall actual weight by using (6) lithium AA batteries (or an external pack) and a prime lens. I also found using a wide neoprene (stretches) camera strap will make the load feel a lot lighter than the OEM strap or any rigid suede or leather or fabric aftermarket strap.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alex645 Quote
35mm (aka 24x36mm) is what we call FF today and the K-1 is a small format camera; not MF.
In the old days (say 1970), 24x36mm was categorized as "miniature format" along with half-frame 35mm.


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
In the old days (say 1970), 24x36mm was categorized as "miniature format" along with half-frame 35mm.


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I don't remember 24x36mm being categorized as 'miniature format'....but you could be right as 110, Minox 8x11mm, disc film, and even APS was called "subminiature format". Those all looked so bad even printed to just 3.5 x 5" or 4x6". I was amazed, however, at how Super8mm Kodachrome 25 and 64 projected beautifully.
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My P67 has a mass of 1.4 kg configured with the folding hood and no lens. And I think That's about the same mass as a P645 without a lens too.

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The P67 (despite being a bigger format/camera) is probably easier to fit into a modern camera bag than the P645. The body & prism is roughly the size of a pro FF DSLR & battery grip, many camera bags are designed around this profile. The 645s are boxy lumps which are much deeper front to back with an odd shape which might work OK in an old school configurable rectangular bag, but doesn't easily fit in many modern backpack style bags.
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QuoteOriginally posted by johnha Quote
The P67 (despite being a bigger format/camera) is probably easier to fit into a modern camera bag than the P645.
"Probably"...until the owner puts on the wooden grip and thusly finds the camera needs a whole lot more space than is available!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by carsantini Quote
Hi how many MF SLR cameras were manufacture by Pentax in its history of existence?
Models? 8.
Units? More than 8
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