645 pitfalls


Link Posted 20/11/2011 - 11:22
I have just managed to get my grubby little mits on a Pentax 645 film camera with a 70mm lens and a 120 back for a couple of weeks, can anyone offer some advice as to the pitfalls and quirks of this camera.


Link Posted 20/11/2011 - 13:22
Check out this posting in the MF lenses forum.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

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Link Posted 20/11/2011 - 16:27
Thanks Kris that is farmore information than I gleaned from the manual


Link Posted 20/11/2011 - 16:49
Modern Photography Magazine certainly tested cameras when
they "tested cameras"

Sadly nothing like that nowdays
Half Man... Half Pentax ... Half Cucumber

Pentax K-1 + K-5 and some other stuff

Last Edited by Algernon on 20/11/2011 - 16:50


Link Posted 21/11/2011 - 07:07
EV compensation only works in full stops, but you're probably umlikely to be using the built in meter with MF although it is very accurate. Other than that I cant think of any other pitfalls.
“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson -


Link Posted 21/11/2011 - 22:02
Have fun with it - I love the shutter noise from my 645!


Link Posted 21/03/2015 - 04:04
An inspirational thread, my 645 arrives on Monday and l am off work for a week so l can have a play
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