WTB Medium format cameras


QuestionableCarrot

Link Posted 03/07/2019 - 07:27
anyone out there interested in chatting to me about medium format pentax stuff?

Chrism8

Link Posted 03/07/2019 - 08:06
Film or Digital ?
Chris

www.chrismillsphotography.co.uk

" A Hangover is something that occupies the Head you neglected to use the night before".

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K1 - Sigma 85mm F1.4, Pentax 150 -450 F4.5 / 5.6, Pentax FA 24 - 70 F2.8

Sigma 100-300 F4, Samyang 14mm F2.8, Sigma 70-200 F2.8,

K5iis - Sigma 17 - 70 F2.8, Sigma 70 - 300 F3.5/F5.6, Sigma 18 - 200 F3.6 / F4.5.

Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 03/07/2019 - 08:34
That's quite a leap from the Q to medium format, but I have to say I'd love to see your work in all the glory of MF. I'm not looking to sell any of it, but I can recommend the original Pentax 645 and the superb 75mm f/2.8 normal lens. I think this would provide the quality improvement over 135 format film while still providing a shooting experience not too far off a 135 format SLR. Of course, I dream of owning a 6x7 and 105mm f/2.4, but that's far more expensive and would be a very different shooting experience.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses

QuestionableCarrot

Link Posted 03/07/2019 - 12:15
yes film Chris

J if you are able to pm me with details of how I can chat to you via instant messaging for eg much appreciated
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Chrism8

Link Posted 03/07/2019 - 18:55
Sorry Alistair, I'm MF Digital
Chris

www.chrismillsphotography.co.uk

" A Hangover is something that occupies the Head you neglected to use the night before".

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K1 - Sigma 85mm F1.4, Pentax 150 -450 F4.5 / 5.6, Pentax FA 24 - 70 F2.8

Sigma 100-300 F4, Samyang 14mm F2.8, Sigma 70-200 F2.8,

K5iis - Sigma 17 - 70 F2.8, Sigma 70 - 300 F3.5/F5.6, Sigma 18 - 200 F3.6 / F4.5.

QuestionableCarrot

Link Posted 04/07/2019 - 08:11
no worries Chris
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bjolester

Link Posted 22/09/2019 - 01:22
In 2012 I sold an old saxophone that I did not use (I have others that I play on), and purchased a very nice Pentax 67ii system (45mm - 105mm - 165mm). Later I added the 55-100/4.5 zoom. The 67ii is a wonderful camera, however there are several aspects to consider when shooting medium format film in 2019.

Positive:
- The Pentax 67ii is has a very simple layout, it is very intuitive to use.
- Gigantic viewfinder.
- Large selection of lenses.
- Many high quality lenses, for example the SMC versions (latest versions) of the 45mm, 55mm, 105mm, 100mm macro, 200mm. The 67 tele lenses 300mm EDIF, 400mm EDIF and 800mm EDIF are all legendary and superb.
- The 67ii AE finder is very good, no need for an external lightmeter.
- The 67ii is quite robust, and has been used by both studio photographers and landscape photographers. The earlier versions, 6x7 and 67, are possibly even more robust, having less electronics inside.
- It is nice to work with an analogue medium.

Negative:
- The Pentax 67ii is becoming more and more expensive.
- Film is very expensive, and who knows how long Fuji or Kodak will be interested in producing colour film, especially slide film.
- Medium format scanners is a problem area. The great scanners made 20 years ago, Nikon Coolscan 8000/9000, Minolta Dimage Scan Multi Pro and Flextight/Imacon, are all selling now for absurd money. At the same time there are hardly any repair workshops or parts available. So investing heavily into one of these scanners is quite risky. I myself purchased a new Epson V750 flatbed scanner, and the results I am getting from 120 film is "good enough". I am lucky enough to own a Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 scanner for 35mm film, and the results from this scanners blows 120 film scans from the Epson V750 "out of the water". For me it is a bit of a paradox to shoot medium format film, when the scans that I end up with are inferior to my 35mm film scans. The future for film scanning is probably DSLR scanning. I have seen great results from Pentax K-1 pixel shift scans of medium format film, where one has taken several shots of the 120 slide or negative and stiched them together in Photoshop or Lightroom. This method of DSLR scanning medium format film (and large format: 4x5 and 8x10) is very time consuming and cumbersome, but can produce excellent quality digital files. It is also possible to get the films scanned when processed at a photo lab, but then you have little control over the process.

*It is important to mention that I do not have a darkroom, nor do I develop film myself.

As a conclusion I must say that I find using a combination of digital cameras and film cameras very rewarding. Hopefully will digital camera sensor technology develop further and make DSLR scanning more convenient with better results.

PS: The use of the word pair positive/negative when discussing film is a bit strange, maybe pros/cons would have been better
Bjørn

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bjolester

Link Posted 22/09/2019 - 01:35
Here is a link to the Flickr gallery to the wonderful Estonian photographer Margus Sootla. He shots mainly Pentax 67ii and the older Pentax 6x7 cameras, and he develops and drum scans the film himself. I like his work very much.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tsiklonaut/
Bjørn

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