Asahi Pentax 6*7 vs Pentax P67

Discussion in 'Medium Format' started by louis_verrette, Feb 11, 1998.

  1. hi, I intend to buy a used asahi pentax 6*7 with the photomic meter. It has been bought around 1989. It has MLU and looks good.
    My question is what are the differences , if there is, between this
    model and the one sells by Pentax which has no label Asahi on It?

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    thanks in advance

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    Louis Verrette
     
  2. There is no difference (functionally) between the 6*7 und 67, except for one point : You can get an update on newer 67
    models with serial numbers higher then 413xxx. You can get a mechanical B-function for longtime exposures (i.e.
    astrophotography) and a multi-exposure switch. If you use it, the film will not be transported when you cock the camera.

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    Does anybody know if there is a difference in mechanical stability ?

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    Reinha
     
  3. Louis: I have the Asahi/Pentax version from 1988 and my brother has the Pentax version. As far as I am concerned, the only difference is the merger of Asahi Optical Co and Pentax into one corporation, thus the name being changed on the finder to Pentax. By the way, the leaf shutter lenses will allow multiple exposures on both versions. SR
     
  4. Steve,

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    Can you explain "By the way, the leaf shutter lenses will allow multiple exposures on both versions". I have just bought a new 165mm f4 leaf shutter lens and the instruction book specifically says that it can not be used to make multiple exposures. Do you mean after the (new style) body has been modified by Pentax?

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    By the way, I think we should be careful on this thread that newcomers do not get the idea that buying old Pentax 67s and lenses, even in excellent condition, will give them the same performance as new ones. This is certainly not always the case. By reading carefully thro MFD you can see that the newer lenses usually outperform older versions although there seem to be some exceptions. I certainly made some mistakes in my first venture into P67 and would advise careful testing, with the type of film you will mainly use, before purchase. Strangely I have a very old body (the Pentax I mean) which I rather like. It has no lock-up and seems heavier than the new one - minimal vibraton problems...........Tony Cunningham
     
  5. I agree that a prospective purchaser of P67 lenses should research the reputation of the various lens configuration. I have found that emailing the Pentax tech department with detailed description can get you info on the upgrade history of a particular lens.
     
  6. Tony: I was referring to the 90mm Leaf as being able to multiple expose. I should have clarified that. I made no mention of the older vs new lenses though, only body differences.
     
  7. This thread brings-up an important point. There are two basic
    versions of the body, the 6X7 and the 67. The 67 is the newer
    version. But, there are several versions of the prism. Some say
    "Asahi Pentax," some say "Honeywell Pentax," and some say "Pentax."
    (And there may be other versions.)

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    Since all of the prisms will work on either body, it is possible to
    have an older prism on a newer body. As an example, mine is an
    "Asahi Pentax 67." Likewise, it is possible to have a new prism on
    an older body, this making it look newer.

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    So, don't just look at the name above the lens when trying to
    determine the age of a Pentax 6x7 or 67. The body, prism, lenses,
    etc. all need to be assessed separately.

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    Joel Collins
    jwc3@mindpsring.com
    http://www.mindspring.com/~jwc3
     
  8. I am looking at a used Asahi Pentax 6x7 w/no light meter or MLU; the lens is a 90mm 2.8; does $800 seem like a good price? This is also my first attempt at owning medium format, and I'm curious what others feel about this camera for black + white landscapes and portraits. Also, is it hand-holdable with good quality or require a tripod at all times? Thanks for any input
     
  9. Nancy, I don't recommend the non MLU body if you're considering landscape work. There is a reason why Pentax went to an MLU body!The camera is hand holdable if you are not trying to get maximum depth of field in your shot. My travel portraits are all hand held as well as some of my wildlife shots. A hand held spot meter would be better than the TTL pentaprism meter. Steve
     

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