I love pentax 67 but there are some cons. I bought a P67, love everything on this camera except the dim viewfinder. It is dimmer than most 35mm VF and I had a hard time to focus. I sold it and buy a P67II. Absolutely love it! I feel the VF is smaller than older model but way brighter. Plus it has matrix and spot metering capability. I'm a small guy and do not have large hand but never have problem with P67 vibration so far.
I took this picture with P67 and 55mm f4 lens handheld at 1/60. Can still see the seam on the fabric.
Pentax 67 equipment ( like other MF equip ) is dirt cheap and the results can be stunning. I loved my set up and it used it for about 10 years. The lenses, almost across the board, are excellent. The camera is easy to use. Yes, its a bit big and you do need to be careful about mirror shake/slap, but I used to use the camera with 165/2.8 and 400 speed film handheld all the time. I wrote a page on the Pentax 67 lenses years ago...see http://www.antiquecameras.net/pentax6x7lenses.html
90% of total surface is not so dramatic : it means a little more than 1mm on each side ; compared with the huge 56x72 frame dimensions, in my opinion it's negligible (somehow like 53x69). The issue may be that you don't see well the four corners of the image from not near enough to the eyepiece ? Are you wearing glasses ? I could not view full frame with my glasses, so I had the eyepiece stricly corrected for my sight to be able to frame full view with my "naked" eyes.
For 6x7 I've just started assembling a Koni-Omega kit. Rangefinder, not an SLR. I believe that there are fewer options available for the Koni-Omega, but I do like rangefinders better myself. Just a personal preference.
I used a set of 67II's for years. With the mirror lockup my 6x7 neg images were confused for images created with a 4x5 negative. Quite nice.
I loved the 45mm wide angle lens the most.
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I have a few of these giant SLRs and shoot them more than anything.
Pentax SMC lenses are second to few (in my opinion). The 6x7 neg will give you sharper images over the smaller 120 formats.
Yes, you can shoot a 67 by hand! I shoot the 67 mostly by hand on the street and during journalistic type work.
It does take some time to learn how to load film on the fly. Mirror lockup is a must if you shoot slower than 1/60. I heavy tri-pod is needed, for example, a Bogen 3036 with a 3047 head.
I was asked once on the street how many mega-pixels the camera was. I told the guy 500, but it only holds 10 pictures per memory chip. I proceeded to show the person a roll of film. I got the deer in the head lights look in return.
I'd love to hear some opinions on the 90% coverage. I am deciding between a Pentax 6x7/67/67ii, and a Mamiya RB67. Both different shooting experiences, I realize, I'd prefer the eye-level shooting of the Pentax, but the 90% coverage is off-putting.
How does the character of the lenses compare as well? I'm sure both are sharp, but is there any difference in how the images look beyond that?
Originally Posted by timtheskeetshooter
You can actually hold 21 500mp images on the 220 memory roll.
I have a P67 and I am a very careful full frame composer type guy and I actually hardly notice the other 10%. I keep in mind when shooting that I can compose tight to the edges and the little extra I get is for security.
Originally Posted by apconan
I've been using the Pentax 67II for some years now and it is a wonderfully built workhorse. If you don't mind the weight, it's a beauty as a field camera. The myth you can't hand hold this camera is completely untrue, I've handheld this camera without mirror lockup down to 1/60 with fast film and the images are tack sharp. I use the Pentax 67II with the 55 -100mm zoom, lens, and it can get the forearms pumped up handheld in portrait mode. Other than that, it can't beat in its class for versatility and the cost of lenses and accesories. The AE meter that is spot on. I also have Mamiya 7ii for travelling light and at times I have a constant battle over which camera take out to shoot.
A Pentax 67 MLU go for pretty cheap now on the bay and there is tons of accessories to go with it.