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Pentax 6x7 The Workhorse | by Jim Purcell
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Pentax 6x7 The Workhorse

TUCSON, AZ — I started taking photos for a semi-weekly newspaper when I was a kid. I was given a Pentax H1a, no light meter and expected to learn how to read the light. After one year, I was given the light meter that they had all along for the camera.


After shooting high school sports, and shots around town it was time for my first real camera. The Canon F-1, the Nikkormat were ready to grab and I certainly could have had those. But they never felt right to me. So I was handed a catalog and told to pick out my camera.


At that time, the old pros were still shooting the Speed Graflex 4x5s. They would brag about it, and couldn’t understand why anyone would shoot with a lessor camera.


So after much research I selected the Pentax 6x7. Only the publisher (my dad) just said no. I needed to scale down my expectations.


Next on my list was the Pentax ES. Which I shot professionally till I just plain wore the thing out. Later on I went with the Minolta 700.


But this is the camera I really wanted. Big negative, yet still shot like a 35mm. How can you go wrong.


This one is sporting the Super Takumar 6x7 150mm ƒ2.8 lens.



I shot a number of images that were ingested and tagged with Photo Mechanic 6; camera and lens profiles were added and different exposures were added with Photoshop Lightroom and then the images were merged using Photo Matrix. The images was spruced-up using the Topaz filter Mask and then the image was touched-up using Adobe Photoshop.



SMC Pentax-FA 645 120mm F4 Macro

ISO 100, ƒ11, 1-6 seconds

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Taken on June 3, 2014