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07-18-2011, 06:14 AM   #2191
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QuoteOriginally posted by lbenac Quote
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Now just so that Tuco does not have the exclusivity - here are pictures of me with the 4x5. I had no pictures of myself for years and then suddenly tons of them
I figured you'd have shorter fur, longer tail and a pedigree. Thanks for the shots.

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QuoteOriginally posted by lbenac Quote
Last Saturday I was swimming for 50 minutes at the beach from which you can see the mountains.
Last Sunday I was in plenty of snow on the mountains from which you can see the beach...

Caltar-N 210/5.6 F5.6 TMY-2 Diafine


The cross at the top right is actually my young cousin...
This is just too cool! Limited DOF + tilt

4x5 or roll-film?

I see you are using the folding viewfinder. Obviously your eyes are younger than mine. I need strong readers with the folding viewfinder on my Chamonix.

Is that a compendium shade I see or are you using a regular lens hood?


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07-18-2011, 11:39 AM   #2193
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QuoteOriginally posted by tuco Quote
I figured you'd have shorter fur, longer tail and a pedigree. Thanks for the shots.

Were I go, she goes so you are forgiven to mix-up the two of us

Cheers,

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QuoteOriginally posted by goddo31 Quote
Nice moustache, Luc!
...Not sure that I have any photos of myself that are worth posting at this stage.

For the records there is usually a goatee that goes with the moustache but in white instead of brown :ugh:. Every five years I go into a shaving frenzy - shave and then let it grow back immediately. These were taken after the five year cycle..

cheers,

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Luc,
You snuck in a reply while I inserted a few questions into my comment above...


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Pentax 645, 35mm A lens, either Tri-X or Plus X, Orange Filter Nov 1987:
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
This is just too cool! Limited DOF + tilt

4x5 or roll-film?

I see you are using the folding viewfinder. Obviously your eyes are younger than mine. I need strong readers with the folding viewfinder on my Chamonix.

Is that a compendium shade I see or are you using a regular lens hood?


Steve
1) Thanks Steve just had to try it
2) 4x5 TMY-2 in Diafine
3) Actually the folding viewfinder stays most of the time in the bag. I found it to work OK with the 300/9 but not with short lenses
4) No it is the monster Grandagon-N 115/6.8 plus a snap-on Pentax PH-SB 82mm hood (for the 67 75/4.5)

Cheers,

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Finally got around to scanning the first test roll from the 645N that was so graciously loaned to me by a fellow forum member. First, however, I must give my initial impressions of the camera:
  • Definitively pro quality...Everything screams precision, robustness and practicality.
  • The film inserts are VERY easy to load and mount into the body with in a satifying manner
  • Yes, it is heavier than my 35mm and dSLR kit, but the weight is well distributed
  • I have done most of my shooting at this point on tripod, but the camera truly begs to be handheld. I can see why this model is/was popular with wedding photographers for use with flash.
  • The mirror/shutter/film transport is very smooth and very quiet. Definitely more so than my other motor-driven cameras (including the K10D).
  • Mirror slap? What mirror slap? It really is that well-dampened.
  • Lenses? Both the A 645 75/2.8 and FA 645 45/2.8 were in the bag. I like both lenses, but the build quality of the 45/2.8 is a big step above the 75/2.8.
  • Lessons learned so far? Make sure your hood is designed for wide angle use before shooting most of a roll with the 45/2.8!!
Now for the pictures (note that several were taken with the wrong hood and had significant vignette that was hard to crop out completely and retain the composition):

Bridge Works, I


Pentax 645N, Pentax-A 645 75/2.8, Neopan Acros 100 @ EI 160, FG-7 (1:15) 9 minutes, 21C


Bridge Works, II


Pentax 645N, Pentax-A 645 75/2.8, Neopan Acros 100 @ EI 160, FG-7 (1:15) 9 minutes, 21C


Rock Quarry, I


Pentax 645N, Pentax-A 645 45/2.8, Wratten #12 (minus blue), Neopan Acros 100 @ EI 160, FG-7 (1:15) 9 minutes, 21C


Rock Quarry, II


Pentax 645N, Pentax-A 645 45/2.8, Wratten #12 (minus blue), Neopan Acros 100 @ EI 160, FG-7 (1:15) 9 minutes, 21C


Rock Quarry, III


Pentax 645N, Pentax-A 645 45/2.8, Wratten #12 (minus blue), Neopan Acros 100 @ EI 160, FG-7 (1:15) 9 minutes, 21C


All of the above were scanned direct to JPEG at 1200 dpi on the Epson V700 using the stock 120 holder and reduced to forum dimensions before upload.


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
  • Definitively pro quality...Everything screams precision, robustness and practicality.
  • The film inserts are VERY easy to load and mount into the body with in a satifying manner
  • Yes, it is heavier than my 35mm and dSLR kit, but the weight is well distributed
  • I have done most of my shooting at this point on tripod, but the camera truly begs to be handheld. I can see why this model is/was popular with wedding photographers for use with flash.
  • The mirror/shutter/film transport is very smooth and very quiet. Definitely more so than my other motor-driven cameras (including the K10D).
  • Mirror slap? What mirror slap? It really is that well-dampened.
I decided to sell my 645 system and keep the Hasselblad system. I am not sure that it was the best choice. My rationale was that you can go from a 6x6 neg to a 6x4.5 neg but not the other way around. In term of just plain using the camera, the 645 is simply great. The A-35, 55-2.8 and 120-4 are also wonderful lenses.

Cheers,

Luc
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QuoteOriginally posted by lbenac Quote
I decided to sell my 645 system and keep the Hasselblad system.
Just to look at it, I would think that the Hassy in base configuration is somewhat lighter and more compact. I guess it depends on whether the meter prism is mounted and whether you need the features of the 645N. One thing I noticed is that the 645N as a two lens kit is heavier and not a lot more compact than my Chamonix with two lenses and a 120 roll film holder. If you are shooting 4x5 with two Grafmatics, the weight would be about the same, but oh, the difference in quality


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OTOH, ever tried to handhold the Chamonix!!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Just to look at it, I would think that the Hassy in base configuration is somewhat lighter and more compact. I guess it depends on whether the meter prism is mounted and whether you need the features of the 645N. One thing I noticed is that the 645N as a two lens kit is heavier and not a lot more compact than my Chamonix with two lenses and a 120 roll film holder. If you are shooting 4x5 with two Grafmatics, the weight would be about the same, but oh, the difference in quality
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OTOH, ever tried to handhold the Chamonix!!!
I agree the 645 just feels like a 35mm (heavy) when shooting.
On the long run the Hassy is probably a better keep.

I have the same question when I go out:
  • Hassy plus 3 lenses plus tripod = a little bit less than 4x5 weight
  • P67 plus 3 lenses plus tripod = 4x5 weight
The difference is setup time and time under the dark cloth. Sometime you can, sometime you can't.

I am debating right now on what I will take to my trip to the Rockies:
1) Chamonix is coming
2) Hassy or Canon P or Autocord as a fast shooting, light gear/long hike second?

Cheers,

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QuoteOriginally posted by lbenac Quote
I decided to sell my 645 system and keep the Hasselblad system. I am not sure that it was the best choice. My rationale was that you can go from a 6x6 neg to a 6x4.5 neg but not the other way around...
The most appealing features I have come to like with my Hassy is being able to shoot color and BW at the same time or devote a BW roll to special processing such as highlight compression which I do frequently. I didn't realize how useful that would be. I don't have to go out loaded with the film I expect to shoot anymore. Just change it on the fly. And a little thing like having one filter size fit all my lenses makes colored filters with BW a sweet deal. It's been those things that make me want to shoot it more than my 6x7 I've come to realize.
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Nice work with the 645N Steve. I helped my mom get setup with a 645N+FA45-85mm kit last winter so I have played around with it a bit. It is a pretty sweet setup, basically a giant ZX-5n with much better build. The 45-85mm seems sweet but makes for a heavy kit if you're hand holding. Other than the AF and AE metering, I much prefer my 67 kit. With the WLF it is much easier for me to shoot handheld, I like the bigger format and for me, I find the 67 easier to load, though that's probably from more experience with the 67.

I managed to get my 67 out for a little trip up to the mountain a few weeks back and shot a roll of very old (1992) Velvia RVP.
Here's few shot with the SMC Pentax 67 200/4 (late), scanned on the V500

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A typical Swedish scene?

I was working at a music event in Dalhalla, close to the pretty town of Rattvik in central sweden when I passed this old Volvo and it felt like a natural conversion to black and white. I have adjusted the colour levels in Lightroom 3. Shot with FA33 - 55 at f/16
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Hannah and the orchestra

A high ISO shot often necessary at a music gig. This was shot at 160mm on an A 80 - 160 @ f/4.5. I adjusted the noise levels in LR3, and I like the colours in this one. I tried a crop leaving out the sponsor's car but it left the shot feeling unbalanced. Really impressed with how the 645D has handled the difficult lighting here with AWB
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