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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-15-2017, 05:45 AM  
New forum member
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 4
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Welcome to the forums Andrew! The 67 makes a great camera for landscape, there are plenty of great lenses for very modest prices out there. I really enjoy my 45mm and 165mm LS (these are the ones I use primarily on the 67) and would recommend those, as far as architectural, there is a 75mm Shift available but will cost a little bit more than the rest but may be worth your while given your plans.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-13-2017, 10:24 AM  
Did i just strike a great bargin?
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 9
Views: 1,742
Nice find, I wish there was a kit like this when i picked up my 645n. :)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-25-2017, 11:16 AM  
Pentax 6x7 prototype 220 from 1966 at eBay?
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 13
Views: 1,625
Pentax 220 prototype and preproduction Pentax 6X7 cameras – i think they just rewrote the 220 in sharpie. The pre-production model did seemed to have a serial # on it according to the link images. But the prism that is hilarious; it does look like the proper prism looked like the production prism. I do like the k1000 look of the pre production 67. :)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-23-2017, 08:35 AM  
Hello from Michigan
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 11
Views: 516
Welcome to the forums Sean!
There is an abundance of info for shooting with the 67 if you look around. You can get into the system at a pretty good price, cheaper than 645. The lenses can be picked up for great deals. You can also read user reviews n the lenses and bodies here if you check the reviews sections in the drop downs at the top to figure out which ones are better than others. The 67 is a SLR body on steroids as far as handling it. I would recommend grabbing the newest body version you can find/afford to pick up (but of course this applies to most out of production film cameras). Lenses are pretty good as long as you go with the SMC ones.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-12-2017, 04:09 PM  
Scanning Pentax 645 film
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 37
Views: 5,768
The Epson V700 is sub $1000 bucks and probably your best bet at scanning using a flatbed, it will handle 35mm up to 4x5 and will give good results considering the price. Many college photo programs use them.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-30-2016, 06:32 AM  
67 45/4: Aftermarket hood and CPL?
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 16
Views: 1,306
Right, and to be fair i own B+W screw mount CPLs for my 58 & 77mm threaded lenses for hand held shooting. I just drew the line at adding any ND or grad filters and buying through the range of thread sizes i regularly use up to that 82mm on the aforementioned 67 45mm f4.
I figured that the system would counter the cost pretty quickly if since I would end up spending $100-150 for each screw mount on average anyway.

If you do decide to venture down the path of a holder system, for what its worth I found the quality of the Lee's to be great and I use them with Canon L glass on my DSLR as well. I also think they clean up quite easily with lens cleaner and a microfiber cloth. (IMHO)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-29-2016, 11:47 AM  
67 45/4: Aftermarket hood and CPL?
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 16
Views: 1,306
To add an alternate opinion/option.... You could also consider investing in a filter holder system rather than investing in a premium CPL for each lens thread you own. I decided to go that route as before adding separate filters for the 82mm thread as it provides more flexibility in adding grads and and ND filters for those landscape shots.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-28-2016, 04:06 PM  
Long Time 35MM/DSLR Newbie to MF: Need ADVICE
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 6
Views: 630
Well in response to to designations DA means its optimized for digital bodies. The ED is extra-low dispersion glass. just search for Pentax Lens Terminology and you shoiuld hit a result right away that explains all of them,
For the $300 ones are using the K mount and meant for 35mm/DSLR.
The difference between 2k and 800 would be between a New one in the US and a used one from Japan. Even comparing used to used you will see a decent discount from japan, but good luck with it if there is anything wrong with the item.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-25-2016, 08:47 AM  
Lucia, NC here
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 9
Views: 1,110
Your primary choices based on what you described are the 55,45, and 35mm. The 35mm being the widest and most expensive of the 3; if you are looking to buy an inexpensive wide angle you could start with the 45mm which will run you about $200, the 35mm will be over twice that.
As far as an adapter, there are adapters that allow you to put a 67 lenses on it and you can generally pick up 67 lenses cheaper than 645.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-12-2016, 03:11 PM  
Which shoulder bag for Pentax 67II + 3 lenses?
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 11
Views: 1,819
Were you trying be able to shoot more on the go by having a shoulder bag? Its kinda a large kit, so I'd go for one with a proper shoulder pad for the weight. Maybe one of the larger sling style bags would be a good balance of accessibility and weight distribution if that is what you are looking for.

I think most of us here use a backpack for a kit like that. My favorite bag is the Flipside 400 backpack, large enough to put the gear id want to hike with and still comfortable. It doesn't stand out as a camera bag as much as it opens towards the back, which also is nice for quick access as I can either drop off should or flip around waist quick to get gear in and out.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-31-2016, 05:41 AM  
Thinking of going Medium Format... need suggestions
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 25
Views: 1,772
Well I'm sure you'll be happy with any of the choices being as you already have an idea what you will be getting into by purchasing any of those choices.

I started with the 67II because i wanted the largest negative possible. I added the 645n because I wanted something more handheld/potable. So if you want something more portable I'd start with a 645, its pretty comparable to carrying a DSLR rig. You may eventually want the even larger negative of the 67 at some point, and the weight doesn't have to be a big deal, I like to hike with just my 45mm and 165mm for the 67 and keep it somewhat portable.

One thing to consider is that you can build up your 645 glass and upgrade the digital body to a 645D or Z.
Another thing to point out is that the 67 glass can be picked up for a song these days.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-13-2016, 06:04 AM  
Hello from Washington state..
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 10
Views: 738
I don't think its something overly complex... the Electro X was the first camera they released with a mechanical shutter with step-less electronic timing which allowed intermediate shutter speeds. I think they choose ITS because of the intermediate shutter speeds when they updated the camera and included a faster X sync, the only difference I can see in the two models.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-01-2016, 07:48 AM  
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 27
Views: 2,335
I guess if it was me I'd keep the 645 system you have. You can shoot quite wide with 15mm on your K-1. You can always save up for wider glass for the 645D. Personally I don't worry about the portability as much. I've hiked around the badlands with my 67 kit & DSlr on my back and a heavy tripod on my shoulder.

If you want the new 15-30 you could just sell the 16-30 to help fund it considering the heavy overlap.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-24-2016, 05:25 PM  
Looking for a sturdy, lightweight travel tripod
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 50
Views: 4,548
+1 on Induro, purchased one of the carbon fiber ones a decade ago and its been a fantastic travel tripod for the money. Naming system is bit different but mine is comparable to the CLT204.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-10-2016, 10:34 AM  
Greetings from Atlanta/Decatur
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 6
Views: 532
Welcome to the forums..
There are quite a few of us medium format guys here that can help answer questions. Make sure to check out the reviews for all the bodies and lenses and specs to compare between them. That is a good place to start.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-11-2016, 05:42 AM  
Dawn of Winter
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 39
Views: 1,873
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-08-2016, 07:13 AM  
Pentax 67 - Which lens allows for super tight portraits (shoulder-up, neck-up, etc.)?
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 20
Views: 7,991
Definitely another vote for the 165 LS, both of the 165mm have great bokeh, and the focal distance makes up for the 5ft focusing distance.

You could also consider the 100mm macro which is a stellar lens in all respects if you want the focusing distance.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-05-2016, 12:11 PM  
From 67 to 645 value
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 18
Views: 1,831
Yup, if you sell your 67 and get the 67II your looking at spending spending an extra $600 to upgrade, if you sell off your kit, and buy the 645nII kit you mentioned then you will probabbly spend an extra $900. A 645nII and a 75mm will cost much of the cost of a 67II alone. Which is why i mentioned cost in my last post. I believe previously you mentioned being a college student and raising funds for a trip last spring, If cost is a concern I would definitely advise staying to the 67 format as lenses are cheaper than 645. If you can afford it the 645 system that may be a better fit for you right now since you seem to want to shoot handheld and more frames. (the 67 is best suited as a tripod camera)

I mentioned large format in my last post to compare focusing as you should be able to focus the a slightly dark 67 matte screen easier than a large format. If your consistently out of focus it is more likely an issue with camera or lens, initially i would make sure your diopter is set properly as that would be the easiest culprit.

Being from NY you could watch B&H stock and go check out the 645nII next time they get one in.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-04-2016, 03:21 PM  
From 67 to 645 value
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 18
Views: 1,831
Sunshine, the 645 cameras also have the standard matte focusing screen. They do however give you focus confirmation on the auto-focus bodies. I have a 67ii with a split image screen (as mentioned they are easily swapped on that model). I do find my 67II to be brighter than my 645n, someone else may speak to brightness of the 645nII. You could probably solve your focusing issue trading up to a 67II .

Here's a fun idea: If you think its hard to focus your 67, try your hand at large format, that will turn you into a pro ;)

Since you said your not worried about the smaller negative, what it really comes down to is how much you want to spend solving the problem or switching systems. The 645 lenses will cost more, especially if you go for the newer FA lenses. Switching systems would allow you to shoot more frames per roll so it may be good for you in that respect. I would hang onto your 67 system if you try the 645, at least long enough to decide if the 645 is for you. Start out with a 645 and the 75mm before jumping all the way into a system switch.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-29-2015, 03:24 PM  
Beginner requires some medium format guidance...
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 8
Views: 1,378
Welcome to the forums droberto!

Well, in terms of the deals your looking at your best bet is the 645n, its a signifigant step above the 645 and the nice value for the money instead of the 645nii.
Honestly if your going to drop close to the grand for the 67, the 67II can be found for just over a grand and is a significant upgrade IMHO over the first two bodies.
Cost wise you will find the 67 lenses to be a lil cheaper as the 645 ones can be used on the digital 645 and that has created more market for them.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-04-2015, 07:07 AM  
Brief intro
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 4
Views: 588
Welcome to the forum, there are plenty of film shooters on here like yourself.
You may find the reviews section helpful for reading up on the lenses.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-27-2015, 05:43 AM  
Pentax 645 with 55mm F2.8 Lens
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 5
Views: 1,239
Welcome to the forums tyrainman1965!

I think you will love the new camera. Is this your first medium format camera? From what i read your tripod is rated at 15lbs actually, and it will probably work in a pinch for that body and lens, you may want to use use a bungee cord and your camera bag to anchor the center column on the longer exposures (and eventually shutter release cord).

Kolor-Pikker was right though, you may want to invest in a better tripod and head for your camera at some point. Usually when purchasing a medium format or a DSLR its time to invest in a more professional tripod leg and head setup, also both pieces have their own weight ratings.

The big thing to take note is that different companies rate tripods and heads differently, so take that rating with a grain of salt. Many people look at their heaviest camera & lens and follow a 3x rule when selecting a tripod and head to be sure its sturdy enough. You'll probably want to shop around for a good carbon fiber set of legs to carry around on location, they are a lot lighter than aluminum. I personally have the previously mentioned Induro legs, the CT-214 set to be specific. Most people prefer a nice professional ball head, but i never really found the need to upgrade past my trusty old Manfroto 3047 pan/tilt head I use with my Gitzo 410 legs.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-22-2015, 05:13 AM  
Hasselblad 67
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 18
Views: 3,529
Completely agree.

Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-15-2015, 08:30 AM  
Pentax 67 TTL prism + TMax 400
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 12
Views: 1,591
I would highly recommend shooting the first roll as the camera meters so you know how it reacts. I found all my Pentax cameras to a good job metering.

Considering you mentioned using a matrix metering mode, it is possible that the algorithm it uses to balance light between zones may have produced results aimed to not blow out highlights, so your slight over exposure would have bumped shadow detail just a bit and still yielded highlight detail. Think about the old film practice of metering for shadow and developing for highlight. So I can completely see how you may find it giving you results you liked on a regular basis. That said i have not owned Nikon film cameras, and have no personal experience with the meter.

There are different metering modes for different cameras: Averaged, Center weighed, spot, to name a few. For each situation the meter takes and makes the exposure reading exposing for what it considers medium grey (example: exposure with camera pointed at 18% grey card).
Take for instance averaged metering, the whole scene will be averaged for that exposure so depending on the amount of light in certain parts of the image you may not have proper shadow detail, or you may have blown out highlights in the sky. Other meter modes may help you get a better reading on specific scenes. A spot would focus on a very tight point of the scene to meter and expose just for that.

The meter is going to behave predictably and not all lighting situations are equal. You cant apply compensation to a a roll of film and expect it to be the same for each shot. In general exposure compensation should be applied on a per lighting situation basis, not on the meter as a whole. For instance I have always tended towards using more of a spot approach and getting a reading from different parts of the scene, then applying an exposure that will place the shadows where I want them while still retaining the highlights.

Your 67 will average the scene as a whole so you will adjust over or under depending on how dominant the highlight or shadows are and where you want them to be in the tonal range. You may want to look u the basics behind the zone system.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-14-2015, 06:51 AM  
Hi there, Lucas from Poland, P67
Posted By johnsey
Replies: 17
Views: 1,456
Right if you have import taxes that you incur that would also have an impact. Most of the listings online are japan/us and many had free shipping. You can point out to them the going rate is not quite what they are charging and see if they will flex a bit. Surely it will work without filter, just something to consider when purchasing lenses. Screw mount filters are commonly found up to 82mm and even at that size your looking at a $200 polarizer filter.
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