pentax 645

medium format SLR

Pentax 645 Medium Format SLR Camera

This camera was my introduction to medium format photography. If you've never looked through a medium format viewfinder, you owe it to yourself to do so. The picture is big. This camera shoots frames that are 6cm by 4.5cm in size, which is over three times the surface area of a 35mm frame. That means three times the detail, and three times the control over the exact point of focus.

I loved this camera, and used it until the frame advance motor died. When that happened, rather than replacing it, I "upgraded" from this 1984 camera to the newer 2001 version: the Pentax 645NII. These cameras get a lot of attention online because they are a great place to start with the larger formats, which is exactly what I did.

I highly recommend them if you're doing the same.

The Pentax 645 side-by-side with its successor, the Pentax 645Nii

Here's some of my favorite photos shot using this camera.

First published on 22 Mar 2016; last updated on 27 Jan 2017.

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