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Pentax 645 - Provia 100 - Sea Life
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:03 pm    Post subject: Pentax 645 - Provia 100 - Sea Life Reply with quote

Here's another one from the depths of my hard drive.

Again, this is a scan of a medium format transparency, but this time
from a Pentax 645 that takes a bit of a smaller overall image at
6cm x 4.5cm in size.

The smaller transparency means that the camera can be smaller than
a lot of other medium format cameras as well, and that there are more
exposures available per roll of 120 film. This makes the Pentax 645 a
very good choice for "quick" shots, and can actually be used even as a
street camera!

However, I like to use a tripod and "settle in" to try to
compose landscapes, and then I can use lower speed films such as
Velvia 50 or Provia 100. The fine grain can give some very nice
enlargements.

In this case, I used Provia as I wasn't feeling that the colors needed
to be showcased. The fine grained Provia gives only very slightly
saturated colors, so is great for showing detail and textures, as I felt
that these California Mussels had. I also feel that the 75mm lens has
decent (not spectacular, but decent) fall-off of out of focus areas.

Once more, the web loses detail. The transparency shows superb
sharpness in the focused areas with good microdetail. When looking
at the slide against a lightbox, or projected onto a screen, it feels
like I can "dive in" and pick those mussels off the rock! That is one
of the joys of medium format.



Salt-Spray Mussels
Pentax 645
Pentax-A 75/2.8 with #2 extension tube
f:4 and 1/250th
Provia 100



PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Master!


PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm reminded of the Chrysler building Smile


PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 2:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nesster wrote:
I'm reminded of the Chrysler building Smile


Cold, hard steel! Very Happy