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03-09-2009, 01:11 PM   #1
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Pentax 67 and 67II lens aperture operation

Hi, I am gradually moving from my original M42 Spotmatic F to using the K mount ME Super 35mm setup, mostly for lens sharing with a planned DSLR future buying.

Of course, now I am distracted by the idea of using the 6x7 format.

Both the Spotmatic F and ME Super have:
- full aperture viewing
- Light meter operation with the aperture wide open ( SPF with a needle, ME Super with numbers)
- auto stop down of the aperture with shutter activation
- Indication of when the lens aperture selected will have enough light (different between the two, but it is there)

The ME Super has
- auto shutter speed selection (aperture priority)
- More info in the viewfinder
- Split screen focus (but I am not sure that I actually like it any better)

I have been reading through the 67II manual on line and it seems to behave a lot like the ME Super from an "automatic" arrangement, but I am unclear if this is still true for the older 67 size lenses.

So I guess the first question is, will an older lens made for a 6x7 or
67 provide in the 67II:
- Full aperture viewing ?
- Automatic stop down ?
- Any kind of viewfinder indication of aperture or light level with out doing a manual stop down ?

Second question
- Why does the adapter for 6x7 to K mount not support anything but fully manual mode ?
- Is this a camera body, lens, or adapter complexity problem ?

I apologize if I missed somewhere these obvious points.

Thank you,


03-09-2009, 02:47 PM   #2

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Most of the older lenses for the P67 are auto diaphragm and will allow wide open metering, viewing and will auto stop down when used on the P67II. There were a few that were manual however; the 400 and 600 Takumar come to mind. Pentax could not figure out a way to use the TTL prism chain to connect to the outer bay lens diaphragm. The 800mm F/4 Takumar and 1000mm mirror were also outer bay. The manual lenses are really not that difficult to use, just a bit slower in use. Yes there is a light level indicator in the P67II viewfinder. It works well when wide open metering, using the auto lenses.

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03-10-2009, 08:31 AM   #3
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Thank you very much for the information.

I am still trying to figure out the lens details, as there are some 6x7 lenses at KEH marked (late), in particular in the 100 - 200mm range.

It would be handy if I can buy 6x7 lenses and use them on my ME Super (with the adapter) but so far it appears that this is just fully manual - not full aperture viewing. To me, this is a very important feature. Manual focus seems normal to me so I don't care about AF.

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