It’s a beast, this Pentax. It weighs a ton and it’s hard to hang on to. It’s slow, has a terrible synch speed and everything is in full stops. It feels like it was hewn out of a solid block of steel and is as much of a dead weight and is as cold as you could imagine.
When I first picked it up, I really didn’t like it at all.
…but the lenses are quick. Images pop into focus rather nicely – much better than with my Hasselblad. And the 6×7 format is starting to grow on me. The meter is actually better than you might think, given that it’s on the top of the camera – better than my Mamiya 6 meter before I hacked it with a permanent change on the exposure compensation dial.
And the images that you get are lovely. It usually takes a long time for me to get used to a camera – I got used to the Pentax 67 a whole lot faster than any other camera I have picked up in recent memory.
As ugly, ungainly and heavy as it is – it’s a delight to shoot with and the images make it worthwhile.
Here’s a little video with a review and a little photo walk.
The Pentax 67 in pictures
The following were taken with the Pentax 67 at Finn Slough in Richmond, British Columbia.
Thanks for reading, I’d appreciate you sharing your experiences with this camera on either the YouTube video above, or in the comments below.
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