A fast, asperical 75mm lens for the Pentax 6x7 system, introduced in 2001. The lens is a moderate wide angle lens. The lens was introduced quite late in the life span of the Pentax 6x7 System and is hard to find.
Purchased mint, uncirculated, this is a very expensive MF lens for what it is, it nevertheless has a reputation for delivery of quite impressive images when used skillfully. Like the 90mm f2.8, this lens features a very squat, comfortable working size with superb balance.
A sweet spot definitely exists around f8-f13.5 where sharpness is uniform across the view, with noticeable diffraction introduced beyond f16. Suppression of chroma is very good 1 stop down from open and this is consistent with the performance of many MF aspheric lenses. This lens shares No.1 spot of two of my go-to standard wide-angle primes, the other being a 90mm f2.8. The inclusion of a drop-away trapdoor in the petal lens hood to facilitate adjustment of a circular polariser is an exceptionally well thought out idea that is relatively uncommon in many systems. Some barrel distortion is noticeable with any considerable movement up or down, and this is expected within this lens price range, as to construct a rectilinear and aspherical lens in this size would result in a significantly heavier and more expensive lens.
The 67mm filter size means this lens can share filters with the other very common short lens, the SMC Pentax 90mm f2.8. Very fluid, smooth focusing and a light-touch aperture ring make this an exceptionally easy-going lens to use in-situ.
I can recommend this lens: Yes |
| Rating: 10
Well designed, perfect handling and versatile. My favorite 6x7 lens.
Not many were made.
Camera Used:6x7, 67 and 67II
The 67 75/2.8 AL was released in 2001 as a replacement for the old 75/4.5 lens. There is only one version and it was one of the last two lenses released for the Pentax 6x7 system.
The 75/2.8 is a complete ground up redesign of the 75mm focal length.
These are the improvements over the older 75/4.5 lens:
- Length has been reduced from 81mm to 66mm.
- Maximum aperture has been increased from f/4.5 to f/2.8.
- Minimum focusing distance has been reduced from 70cm to 41cm.
- Filter thread has been reduced from 82mm to 67mm.
- Aspherical lens elements have been added to reduce distortion.
- The hood was redesigned to allow the use of a polarizer with the hood attached.
The 75/2.8 takes full advantage of the wide/normal 75mm focal length and is the perfect one lens option. Its handling, optics, speed and size make it the most useful and versatile lens made for the Pentax 6x7 system.
CLOSE-UP WORK: The 75/2.8 excels in close-up work due to its excellent minimum focusing distance of 41 cm (16.14 inches) and the AL elements.
MACRO WORK: The 75/2.8 will also give you the greatest magnification of any Pentax 6x7 lens when reversed. Unfortunately the 75/2.8 is so new the Pentax 6x7 extension tubes/bellows guides were not updated with the magnification specifications for this lens. I would guess you can easily get over 3x magnification with the lens reversed and all three extension tubes used. More if you use the lens reversed on the 6x7 bellows.
FILTER: The 67 75/2.8 uses 67mm screw in filters. You canít use Pentax 6x7 67mm bayonet filters on this lens.
CASE: The 67 75/2.8 comes with the S90-140 soft case.
HOOD: The 67 75/2.8 uses a plastic tulip style bayonet mount PH-RBJ 67mm hood. The hood mounts on the outside rim of the lens front and has a removable window on one side to adjust a polorizer filter.
I now have 18 Pentax 6x7/67 lenses and if I only could keep one it would be the 67 75/2.8 AL. The 75/2.8 may not the fastest, sharpest, smallest or least expensive of the Pentax 6x7 system lenses, but itís the best overall one. This is a truly outstanding lens and worth the higher price as a result of its short production run.
Price: I found my 67 75/2.8 AL on eBay and it cost 460EUR. It was in EX+ condition and came with the hood. I purchased the S90-140 lens case separately.
Sample shots taken with the 67 75/2.8 AL. Photos are medium resolution Lab scans from original slides.
This lens makes amazing photos. The sharpness color and bokeh are top notch. It is so small and light compared to beasts like the 105 2.4 . The close focus is less than 17 inches making it among the nearest focusing P67 lens, closer than the macros!
On a 645D this lens makes the 645 75mm FA look very poor in contrast, color, flare, edge to edge sharpness , etc.. This becomes apparent in big prints (24x30). This lens will see detail the other one cant.
If i could keep only two P67 lenses it would be this one and the 55-100mm.
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