New Pentax 67II
The recently introduced Pentax
67II medium format SLR camera extensively updates the original model
Pentax 67 which was introduced in 1969 by incorporating today's
technologies. This resulted in improved performance, excellent maneuverability
and reliability while retaining compatibility with existing 67 system
lenses and user-friendly accessories. This medium format SLR is designed
for professionals and advanced amateurs; not only those individuals
who have owned the original Pentax 67 (and still have this equipment)
but also serious 35mm SLR users who seek larger film images. Since the
control layout and handling are very similar to most 35mm cameras, transition
to this far larger image camera is relatively easy. One appealing aspect
of the 6x7 format is it produces almost the same proportions as standard
photographic papers, thus little if any, image cropping is needed when
making 8x10, 16x20, or bigger enlargements. Besides, these large, crisply
detailed, images are well suited to really big enlargements.
When the accessory hot shoe
grip is attached to the left side of the body you not only have an extra
secure two-handed grip but you also obtain a dedicated hot shoe needed
for TTL metered flash operation. The grip protrudes forward from the body
and is contoured for a positive grip. Since it attaches to the twin lugs
normally used for the neck strap, there are two additional lugs on the
grip itself to support the neck strap. A five-pin dedicated shoe terminal
transmits data between the flash and grip.
Changing from six segment to
center-weighted to spot metering is as simple as moving one lever at the
left rear of the meter prism. When this is done, an indicator LCD in the
viewfinder also informs you of which metering mode is in use.
Since I had never worked with the original Pentax 67, I got together
with a friend, Gerald Oswalt, who has had a Pentax 67 for nearly 20 years
that he uses primarily for aerial and wedding photography in our community.
We made direct visual comparisons of his early model camera and the brand-new
67II I had. The prime external differences we immediately noticed were
as follows. There is now a protrusion on the front right of the body making
it far easier to firmly and securely hold the somewhat hefty and bulky
camera with just your right hand. The shutter release has been repositioned
so it's on a beveled area at the top front of the new grip making
it easier to operate. The rotary on/off timer switch is now located around
the shutter release.
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