Pentax 645 at Vintage Vehicle Rally


hefty1

Link Posted 24/05/2010 - 20:48
I only bought this camera just over a week ago and these are from the first roll of film I've had back since (taken Sunday 16th May). Subsequently I've run two more rolls through it but I haven't had them back yet.

Anyway, I did say I'd post some of the results and here they are! They were scanned (by me) on an Epson V600 and presented here without any PP other than re-sizing for web, a little cropping on two of them and the addition of a white border to set them off.

The film used was Fuji Reala 100 (my favourite colour film) and the lens was the A75/2.8 (as it's the only one I have right now). I can't remember the shot-by-shot settings but I spent most of the day around the f/4 -> f/11 area.

1) Slight crop from the bottom on this one to lose the number plate:




2) Originally shot portrait, cropped square to remove featureless grass/sky:




3) Full image. Crop appeared tighter in viewfinder though:




4) Again, full size image as shot:




Initial impressions are that the camera performed very well! All 15 shots were perfectly useable and, despite deliberately going down to 1/15sec for some of them, there was no evidence of camera shake anywhere. All that weight counts for something then...

C&C always welcome!
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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 24/05/2010 - 21:26
It must be lovely to use and, of course, you could enlarge them many fold.

Seeing them of a computer screen is all very well, but I'm trying to imagine them at A2!!
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hefty1

Link Posted 24/05/2010 - 22:02
I haven't had any big prints made yet, but it's early days - first I need to take a photo that I actually *want* blown up to that sort of size...

In the meantime they look pretty good at A4, but not really any better than the K10D could do at a similar size.
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gartmore

Link Posted 24/05/2010 - 23:14
I'm utterly mystified about this current trend about losing number plates, please enlighten me.
Ken
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fatspider

Link Posted 24/05/2010 - 23:23
Quote:
Pentax 645 at Vintage Vehicle Rally

Oh Yes, superb design, sleek lines, good handling.......
I am of course talking about the MK1 Cortina and not the 645
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hefty1

Link Posted 25/05/2010 - 00:18
gartmore wrote:
I'm utterly mystified about this current trend about losing number plates, please enlighten me.

In this case it was for purely aesthetic reasons - it was a private plate with modern numerals on a white background and looked plain wrong in context with the car; if it'd been a black plate with white numerals I'd have probably left it on. I'm not given to blanking number plates as a general rule.

fatspider wrote:
Oh Yes, superb design, sleek lines, good handling.......
I am of course talking about the MK1 Cortina and not the 645

I'd have gladly swapped my entire camera collection for that particularly gorgeous little motor.
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i-Berg

Link Posted 25/05/2010 - 08:57
This all makes the 645D pretty attractive then Hefty.
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hefty1

Link Posted 25/05/2010 - 09:19
Attractive yes, affordable no...

I guess I'll just have to wait until the 645D MkIII comes out and the market's flooded with used 645D's
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i-Berg

Link Posted 25/05/2010 - 09:22
And in any case, you've done a great job with your film 645 on these cars Hefty - well done IMO. I also rather like the Cortina FWIW, very nice.
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hefty1

Link Posted 25/05/2010 - 09:25
Thank you

The MkI Lotus Cortina was one of the first cars I lusted over as a kid so I spent a lot of time looking at this one through a lens on the day.
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hefty1

Link Posted 25/05/2010 - 09:41
You don't want an Alpine, you want a Tiger! That lovely body shape *and* a V8 under the bonnet - gorgeous
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i-Berg

Link Posted 25/05/2010 - 09:43
hefty1 wrote:
Thank you

The MkI Lotus Cortina was one of the first cars I lusted over as a kid so I spent a lot of time looking at this one through a lens on the day.

And ditto - I had to settle for a 1963 Holden. Mind you, it took me from Melbourne to Perth and back without a murmur, and then some.

That was in the days when the road across the Nullarbor Plain was not sealed. You knew where the bull-dust holes in the road were, because of the bonnets sticking out of them - I kid you not. Wish I had have had a camera in those days...
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Last Edited by i-Berg on 25/05/2010 - 09:44

gartmore

Link Posted 25/05/2010 - 11:40
I once fondly imagined I could restore a Triumph Spitfire, spent an utter fortune on it with new engine and gearbox and just about everything else but I could never win the battle with the rust. I could probably have bought a Mazda MX5 with the money I spent, I ended up giving it away!
Ken
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mph555l

Link Posted 25/05/2010 - 13:15
Last summer I went around Stockholm doing some touristy things. I noticed pretty much everyone else with a DSLR camera was either a Canon or Nikon user. Then I went to classic car show and I spotted lots of fellow swedish Pentax users. Would I be right in assuming the average Pentaxian is also a classic car enthusiast ?

I like the last shot of the Jag best.

Cheers,

/Ian
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hefty1

Link Posted 25/05/2010 - 13:56
Actually most of the DSLR's were Canon and Nikon although I spotted quite a few Oly/Panasonic 4/3's bodies this time out too. But I did spot one other Pentax DSLR, a Pentax K1000 and an ME Super in use - perhaps it's classic Pentax users that also favour classic cars?
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