Photo a Day Challenge



John still has his first SLR camera which he bought in the 1960s.  It is a Pentacon 6 medium format 120/220 roll film camera with interchangeable finders, focusing screens, lenses and various accessories.  We photographed it with pentaprism finder and two Carl Zeiss lenses:  50mm f2.8 and 180mm f2.8.  The telephoto has a 35mm Pentax thread adapter where it functions as approximately 360mm.

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10 responses

  1. Who would not love to have that object!

    February 27, 2013 at 9:12 am

  2. Absolutely fascinating!
    I would keep this for years and years; amazing!

    February 27, 2013 at 10:22 am

  3. Good way to cherish the past!

    February 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm

  4. I hope it all lives in a cottonwool lined box somewhere, I can only imagine all the memories that it must hold.

    February 27, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    • mikehamerton

      Well put.

      March 3, 2013 at 1:53 am

  5. And I’ll bet it was viable for WAY longer than the current cameras, which are outdated almost as soon as they come out. My fist was a Canon AE1–it was a classic SLR for years.

    February 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm

  6. Your set composition shows off this beauty so nicely. How cool is that to start off with a medium format not to mention still having it!!

    February 28, 2013 at 8:03 pm

  7. Tammy

    Beautifully composed…and what a great subject! Amazing how far our cameras have evolved!

    March 2, 2013 at 9:56 am

  8. judiclark

    It is nice to be reminded how these cameras used to be made of such solid, heavy material. I can remember the heft in my hands from seeing this well composed photo. Maybe you can dig out some photos John took years ago with this camera and post them for our pleasure…

    March 2, 2013 at 10:10 am

  9. mikehamerton

    My one and only camera was a Box Brownie. A tin box with a fixed lens on one sidel and an actuating lever for openin the shutter. You photo brings it all back.

    March 3, 2013 at 1:57 am

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