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Pentax 67II Original Operating/Instruction Manual

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Pentax 67II, 105mm F2.4, f3.5 1/250 KODAK PORTRA 400

The Pentax 6×7, and later the Pentax 67 and Pentax 67II, are streamlined camera systems introduced in 1969 with the original Pentax 6×7 and discontinued in 2009 with the Pentax 67II. The system consisting of the camera body, an interchangeable prism viewfinder and one or more lenses. A standard Pentax 6×7 outfit typically includes a non-metered pentaprism and a Super Takumar 105mm f/2.4 lens. A wide range of fixed focal length and zoom lenses, along with TTL-metered and other finders, were available as additional accessories. It is sometimes referred to as the P67 in online discussions and forums.

If I want to shoot with more muse, patience & ease, if I want excellent image quality for fine art photography, if I want more depths in my pictures: I use my Pentax 67II. I love this camera, right from the start when I got it two years ago and thought it was broken when I first heard the mirror hit - loudly and fiercely.

Pentax 67ii vs Pentax 67

Review Date: May 8, 2011 I can recommend the Pentax 67II: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image quality.
Cons: Never an upgrade to AF or digital.

As far as all the film medium format Pentax cameras go, this was tops for me. I didn't want to stop at 6x4.5 and also wasn't a fan of the 6x6 Hasselblad, so I went straight to the 67II, with it's ultra large 6x7 negatives. A sharp lens system, AE prism finder, and updated body made this an attractive buy over the old 6x7 and 67 versions.

Quite heavy, but nothing a Manfrotto tripod couldn't handle. Combined with mirror lock up and a cable release, I used this camera for countless high quality documentary style images without ever worrying about camera shake. Also used handheld at the right shutter speeds, this is a very comfortable camera to hold.

One problem after using this camera is that all the new Pentax DSLR's feel miniscule in my hands! Sadly, Pentax never upgraded this format like they did with their 645 system, going to AF and ultimately now to digital. I wish they would bring out a medium format digital camera in this body style, as I prefer it over the boxy 645.

Pentax 67II, 105mm F2.4, KODAK PORTRA 400, developed by

I have tried two Pentax 67ii camera bodies over the last two years. On both occasions, the body suffered from defects in the film advance mechanism. The film advance lever binds and will not advance the film. This can happen when loading a roll, or mid-roll. Either way, it renders the body useless and completely destroys confidence. I searched the internet, this problem is pervasive and well-known.

The price indicated is for a boxed mint Pentax 67II body & AE metered prism. There no signs of use and the manual, warranty cards & strap were included.