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Pentax 67 Tips

In a moment of what could be in this part of the world called ‘Monsoon Madness’ I bid for and have now bought a Pentax 67 and 105 lens on Ebay…. Now it’s in my hands would be most grateful for any top user tips from LS members.

Yours in anticipation!!


by [a former member] at 2005-08-21 02:25:34 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) New Delhi , India | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Carry lots of extra batteries! I have an older model 6×7 that I’ve really enjoyed, but it seems like I only get 8-10 rolls per battery. One thing that will suck juice is the mirror lock up, esppecially if it engages while the camera is in the bag. Pentax makes a 45mm f4 lens that is way cool.


by Dan Hale | 21 Aug 2005 14:08 | Little Rock, AR, United States | | Report spam→
Get the wood handle, if you haven’t already. It makes carrying the beast a whole lot easier, plus you’ll have a few good conversations about it, which can serve as an ice breaker in some situations.

Check the foam padding strips on you prism, if it’s old and flat it’ll let the prism wobble around when you shoot vertically and give you a wrong idea about your framing. You can get replacement padding from Pentax in Denver, costs 70 cents.

I’d tape the ‘fp’ sync cable receptor (unless you need to use it, of course), I have plugged the sync cable in to the wrong receptor and ruined some shots once. If your screen is stock, I’d consider replacing it with a Brightscreen, it’ll make a world of difference, the stock screen is mighty dark.

The 55mm lens rocks!
I have been using the 6×7 for 10 years now, and I love it.
Enjoy yours!

by Imke Lass | 22 Aug 2005 00:08 (ed. Aug 22 2005) | Berlin, Germany | | Report spam→
Do you know that the Pentax 67 has been discontinued?I just got mine after some searching because they have been pulled.“Because of digital” they say.I am surprised considering that it is the most widely used camera for commercial,fashion,etc.
I Used it twice before in Paris and decided to get one because of its handeling and that its about the same weight and size as my Canon 1ds.
Any more tips from a long time user are warmly welcomed.

by [unverified member] | 22 Aug 2005 01:08 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Hi there

Thanks for all the good information and hope I can put it to good use. Really surprised at the news they have been discontinued….

I had the wooden handle as part of the package when bought it, which was great as they are quite pricey, and this seems to balance the whole thing pretty well.

I dont find the weight too much of a problem really when compared to a EOS and a 300 2.8 ,but I think that the idea of a brighter focussing screen appeals greatly.

The wider lenses of 45 and 55 look like being a very interesting option and are available pretty reasonably secondhand – maybe it;s time to sell a digital camera!!! anyone for a well cared for D60 plus extras??

Thanks and keep those tips coming

All bests


by [former member] | 22 Aug 2005 07:08 | New Delhi, India | | Report spam→
Hi Findlay, just be aware that there are several versions of many 67 lenses, from early SMC Takumars to SMC Pentax. Although the development of 67 has pretty much stalled few years ago with the advent of digital, some of the newer lenses are great from what I saw. Especially the 75/2.8 AL, for a normal to wide ~35mm equivalent focal length, with well balanced photo quality (smooth but sharp). Check the used prices, I think 67 equipment has fallen a bit. One thing to check on the body is the chain that connects to the metered prism for open aperture metering. The wooden grip is certainly cool :) If you have / want to get the metered prism, check that you have / get the spacer ring that connects shutter speed dial on the body with the prism dial – some used prisms are sold without it making them quite useless. Although I think 67 is more usable with just the plain non-metered prism, for a smaller and lighter body.

by Frantisek Vlcek | 22 Aug 2005 14:08 | | Report spam→
Hi there

There do seem to be many different versions of the Pentax lenses!!! To complement the 105 I’m looking at the 55/f4 at the moment which I think would be the equivalent of a 28mm in 35mm.

I agree that the camera would be better used without the TTL prism – if one is used to a hand-held meter this seems to be the way forward.

Also there appears to be some form of quick focussing lever which is similar to the focussing tab of the Leica lenses – anyone used one of these which could be an interesting combination with the wooden handle!!

All bests


by [former member] | 23 Aug 2005 04:08 | New Delhi, India | | Report spam→
Thanks for this post. Just got my hands on this beast with the 105mm and 75mm shift. Can’t wait to use it!

by Anthony Wallace | 01 Mar 2011 13:03 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Master. A new toy for a “meltdown.” Where’s Phil when you need him…The perfect camera to shoot the monsoon. And there’s a guy down at Connaught Place that will scrape the resulting mold off for a very reasonable price.

by Christopher Brown | 02 Mar 2011 00:03 | Bangkok, Thailand | | Report spam→
Congratulation! Get the 75mm! Makes 1/2 or 2/3 portraits with the background nicely unsharp at f.2.8
Things to look for:
- Some of the lenses have soft aluminium and a tendency to have poor thread for the filters so the filters will stick and be impossible to get off.
- The high battery consumtion. The specific type of battery are not sold in some countries. – the same goes for the meter prism if you have one.
- The chain for the meter prism (as mentioned above) It breaks really easy and is difficult to repair or replace.
- The plate inside the “lid” thet supports the film. It can slide into 2 positions; 120 and 220. Do NOT use the 220 position unless you really use this film. The reason being that 120 have paperbackground and 220 not. It will make your images unsharp.
- Get a hasselblad type wiever.
- Test the pc-connector (if you use flash) It is quite poorly made and breaks often.

Good luck!

by Ty Stange | 02 Mar 2011 20:03 | Copenhagen, Denmark | | Report spam→
wow ! that’s a real bazooka Findlay. enjoy..

by anna zieminski | 03 Mar 2011 20:03 | cape town, South Africa | | Report spam→
I bought the wooden grip but the camera fit much better in my hands without it. Personal preference, I guess.

by Pablo Delano | 05 Mar 2011 22:03 | Hartford, Connecticut, United States | | Report spam→
Also tried the quick focusing lever but found it did not help, rather it got in the way. I like the focusing tabs on Leica lenses, but these things are MUCH bigger. My suggestion is try the camera “bare” w/o any of those add-ons first.

by Pablo Delano | 05 Mar 2011 22:03 | Hartford, Connecticut, United States | | Report spam→
This is a really interesting thread. Thanks to all for posting.

Another question to those of you who shoot digital and are making the foray (back?) into film: how did you pick your camera?? Findlay, why a Pentax over, say, a Bronica or a Mamiya or something like that?

by Glenna Gordon | 13 Mar 2011 22:03 | monrovia, Liberia | | Report spam→

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