talkin bout camerasa blog by Branden Frederick

pentax 645nii

Published 2 May 2016 – Updated 27 Jan 2017

successor to the Pentax 645

This was my second 645 camera. After breaking my Pentax 645 I was still in love with the system, so I upgraded to this 645NII. Originally released by Pentax in 2001, this was a model late in the film game that featured all sorts of neat advances that a modern digital shooter going back to film will expect and find comfortable, which was exactly what I was doing. Loading film in these things was always a little bit tricky, but by roll number three you're an expert. The rest of the operation is a breeze.

The camera is big, noisy, and loud. I made the mistake one time of bringing this to a wedding. When it hit the last frame the auto-rewind triggered and all the guests were subjected to the long, loud machine cranking of this camera rewinding. Not my greatest moment.

The 645 series and I eventually parted ways when I went insane and started eschewing modern luxuries like light meters and frame advance motors.

The 645Nii with a 300mm f/4 lens

Here's some of my favorite photos I've shot with this camera.

about Branden Frederick

I am a photographer: I have fun taking photos, and I always have.

I've had a camera in my hand my whole life, a 110 camera as a kid, and the high school's 35mm SLR later. In 2008 I spent six months doing nothing but taking photos and loved it. From that point on I've had my camera surgically attached to my hand (I lie). I went digital in the year 2000, and I came back to film in 2013. My parents tell me my photos are "nice".