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Pentax 645N Medium Format

4.37 star rating
                      4.37 / 5 (30 Reviews)
MSRP : $3200.00

  • Lens MountPentax AF
    Film Format6 x 4.5 cm
    Camera TypeSLR (Single Lens Reflex)
    Film TypeMedium Format
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Number of Focusing Points3
    Interchangeable LensesInterchangeable Lenses
    Shutter Speed30 - 1000 sec
    Max Flash Sync Speed1/60 sec
    ISO Range - Manual SettingISO 25 - 800
    Manual Shooting ModesProgram Shift • Aperture Priority • Shutter Priority • Fully Manual
    Light Metering ModesTTL
    Bulb Shutter SpeedWith Bulb Shutter Speed
    Self TimerYes
    Interchangeable Film BackWith Interchangeable Film Back
    Film Auto TransportLoading • Transport • Mid Reload
    Dioptric Adjustment Rangefrom -3.5 to +1
    Viewfinder Frame Coverage92 %
    Viewfinder Magnification0.76X
    Depth4.6 in.
    Height4.4 in.
    Width5.9 in.
    Weight45.28 oz.
    Included AccessoriesNeck Strap
    Release Date1997
    Warranty1 Year Limited
    Product ID21867632

Product Description

6x4.5-format autofocus single-lens-reflex camera with multi-mode TTL auto-exposure control.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gavant a Professional

Date Reviewed: December 2, 2004

Strengths:    Handles like a 35mm
Built like a tank

Weaknesses:    1/60 flash sync small weakness

Bottom Line:   
This is my forth medium format system, I started in 1986 with a Mamaya C220 and then moved to a Hasablad 500c I traded that for a Bronica ETRSI with more lenses and backs but now I have found the perfect camera.

1. Very bright viewfinder
2. Focus is fast and accurate
3. Three different types of metering which are "spot" on.
4. Host of lenses to cover everything from 33mm to 600mm and everything in between.
5. Handles like a 35mm
6. Built like a tank

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Similar Products Used:   Mamaya C220, Hasablad 500c Bronica ETRSI

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stan M a Professional from PA

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2003

Strengths:    Focus is quite fast and very decasive.
Well build.
Wonderful bright viewfindwer.
Dioptria correction.
Back is not removable (weakness to some).

Weaknesses:    Synch speed with flash 1/60. I use slow films to offset this.

Bottom Line:   
This is my second MF camera. The other one is Bronica GS-1. I also have EOS 3 with L lenses and a few other cameras.

I use ths camera for weddings and portraits. After a few weddings, I can say that I finally found my perfect camera. Sure, EOS 3 is great, but does not produce such a quality. That is why pros use MF.

The most important are the results of my work - and these are excellent.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   e-bay

Similar Products Used:   Bronica GS-1

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by a Casual from Hong Kong

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2002

Strengths:    Providing all round functions and easy to use. The AF is fast and accurate for most shooting conditions. The light metering is very accurate. Pricing of 645NII is still similar with the old AF version even more extra functions are added. Data printing on film is very useful to evaluate my photographic habits. Batteries last for a long time.

Weaknesses:    No polarid and digital film back. Flash sync speed is only 1/60sec.

Bottom Line:   
I am now giving comments on new Pentax "645NII" body, the second version. This new body provide mirror lock up and 2sec time delay mirrow lock up which is very useful when I forget to bring along shutter cord. The surface finishing of this new body is a different from old AF body, looks more durable and high class. Several custom functions are also provided.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Similar Products Used:   Pentax 645N(first version) and 67II. Rollei 6008i, Contax AF645.

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Greg Kawasaki a Expert from Los Angeles

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2001

Strengths:    Ergometrics, and usable with existing lenses. Find just like the original Pentax 645 that inserts verses changable backs are an asset. Hated dealing with dark slides and back alignment. At the price of backs can afford more then on body.

Weaknesses:    Have to get use to knobs rather then old buttons. Occasionally forget which camera I am using

Bottom Line:   
Love the camera, uses all my old lenses with no problem. Found autofocus alert a great feature, for verifying focus under problem conditions. Bought the 645N, wanted to have better bracketing and my eyes are starting the have problems focusing (getting old)

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   World Photo

Similar Products Used:   Pentax 645, Nikon FM2, F3,N90, Canon EOS 1, various 4X5, 5X7, 8X10 cameras

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Neil Jacobs a Professional from Australia

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2001

Strengths:    Reliability, build quality, lens quality, light weight, exposure accuracy, tripod socket on side for verticals.

Weaknesses:    Flash synch (1/60),no interchangeable backs, AF a tad slow.

Bottom Line:   
This a great camera for the pro. I have photographed hundreds of weddings with one and it has never missed a shot. It is very battery efficient compared to the Contax 645. We print 24x20 inch wall portrait prints with consistently excellent results. After 200+ shots at a wedding the AF is a blessing. A real workhorse. My choice over all 645 cameras.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Similar Products Used:   Contax 645AF, Hasselblad 503CW, Bronica ETRS

Type of photography:   People

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