Pentacon Six TL

Pentacon Six TL

Katie trying out Pentacon Six  on me

I started to get into film properly in the autumn of 2012. I decided to buy a Contax 645 medium format 6×4.5 film camera to obtain super shallow DOF using the Carl Zeiss 80mm f2 T lens. The original plan was to purchase a digital back until I saw the cost. I realised that the film look is more to my taste than the sterile digital look and it would save me adding aging textures to my photos to get the looked I desired.  After looking at more and more film photos on Flickr I decided within about 2 weeks of ordering the Contax that I already wanted more.  The Contax had not even arrived I was starting to develop a love for the 6×6 square format of Hasselblads (and other brands).  The long late nights of research commenced once again. Back to the forums, Flickr, youtube and then of course finally…eBay!  I could not get over how cheap Pentacon Six cameras were compared to the Contax I had just bought and the Digital D800/D700 I was custom too.  It was about the same price as a spare film back for the Contax!  I had to get one to try.  I knew enough that there would be a lot of rubbish on eBay with overlap issues and the like so I bought a ‘mint’ condition one in a hope worked OK. 
Pentacon Six TL Arrives!
Arrival! When it arrived it felt and looked like a ‘proper’ film camera and not like the DSLR-like  Contax.  I loved the lack of electronics and the waist level finder.  It is both quite weighty and large but feels solid to hold.  The lens it came with was a standard Carl Zeiss Biometer 80mm/f2.8 which equates to around 50mm on a 35mm sensor.

Test roll!  I had planned to lab develop my film and C41 processing was the cheapest so bought 10 rolls of Ilford XP2 Super C41 B&W film.  I had read many reviews on how to load film correctly so watched a youtube video to remind myself as I did so.  I had also read that you can get 13 exposures from a 120 film so took that into account also and loaded the film with the arrow perhaps 2 inches before the arrow marker.  I’m a Model Photographer so tried the Pentacon Six first on a shoot with Katie near Reading.  Here are some samples:
Katie with the 6x6 Pentacon Six TL + Biotar 80/2.8
Katie with Pentacon Six
Katie also tried using the Pentacon Six to get a photo of me taking a photo of her with my Nikon D800!:
6x6 Me! :)  ..with Pentacon Six TL
I thought I had shot the entire roll so opened the camera film back to see it was not actually finished so closed it back up again.  As a result light got in (as you saw above) but also more so here:
Harriett with Pentacon Six
The overlapping also resulted in a few interesting images!
Harriett with Pentacon Six
I was keen to solve the overlap issue so spoke to an old camera shop in Liverpool that a Flickr friend recommended.  The guy on the phone suggested I tried taping 3-4inches of backing paper to start of each new roll before loading the film so the spool has more film wrapped around to ‘bite’ on.  I did so and had no further overlap problems.

Over the next few months I bought more lenses.  See examples with each:
Carl Zeiss Sonnar 180mm f2.8 for super shallow DOF:
Katie with Pentacon Six TL
Sarah with Pentacon Six TL + CZ Sonnar 180/2.8
Katie with CZ Sonnar 180/2.8 on Pentacon Six TL
Russian Mir 26b, 45mm f3.5 a wider view:
History brushed away..
Katie with Pentacon Six TL
Katie with Mir-26b on Pentacon Six
I kept buying lenses but also cameras and the next chapter in my Film Photography began.  The arrival of the 6×6 ARAX-CM!  (Kiev88 or ‘Hasselbladski’!). 
*ARAX-CM and Contax645  reviews (plus others) coming soon.
**Pentacon Six TL now for sale. It comes with a mint condition leather case and 80mm f2.8 Biometer lens (stuck open at f2.8).  I bought it like this and like to always shoot wide open so was great for my needs.
My Flickr Pentacon Six TL set: Flickr Images – Pentacon Six

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Nikon D800: Model Photographer

Nikon D800 is my primary digital camera for model photography (and weddings).  Here are a few samples.  For B&W I shoot using the D800 B&W in camera JPEG settings then resized and tagged in LR3.

Roxana SOOC
Roxana with CZ Planar 80/2 T
Gina with Arri Light
Gina & Samyang 85/1.4
Stacy with 50/1.2 AIS
Stacy & Nikkor 50/1.2 AIS
Katie, as shot
Katie with Rollei Planar 50/1.8
Jusztina
Justina with Nikkor 50/1.2 AIS
Andra
Andra & ARAX 80/2.8
Katie with Nikkor 50/1.2 AIS
Katie & Nikkor 50/1.2 AIS
Katie (v2)
Katie & Samyang 85/1.4 (Tagged for Samyang)
Farrah Gibson
Farrah & Nikkor 50/1.2 AIS
Andra Getting Ready
Andra & Samyang 85/1.4
Devon
Devon & Samyang 85/1.4
Emma
Emma & CZ Planar 80/2 T
Photo Shoot with Maria
Maria & Nikkor 50/1.2 AIS
Galyna SOOC
Galyna & Samyang 85/1.4
Sensual (2)
Devon & Lottie & CZ Planar 80/2 T
Agnieszka SOOC, ISO 6400, 1/20, f1.8 Handheld
Agnieszka & CZ Pancolar 80/1.8
Elka 6x6 Crop
Elka & CZ Pancolar 80/1.8

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ARAX-CM in India!

I was out in India on a work trip and got some time at the weekend to go exploring with my cameras. I’d managed to fit my Nikon D800, a Nikon FM 35mm film camera and my favourite, a rebadged Russian Kiev88 (“ARAX-CM”) 6×6 medium format film camera into my hand luggage for the flight, with lenses. I soon realised I only wanted to shoot film. This post, “Part 1”, includes B&W 6×6 film photos taken.

It was my fourth visit to India so I was able to get around on my own and see the real street life. I picked up an auto on the side of the highway, agreed my fare then headed into Pune.

Truck filling up with water outside our hotel – Four Points Sheraton.

India on 6x6 Film!
ARAX-CM (Kiev 88), Mir-38v (65mm/f3.5) @f3.5. 77mm orange filter

My first stop was Pune railway station as there is always lots to see.

India's Railways (3)
ARAX-CM (Kiev 88), Mir-38v (65mm/f3.5) @f3.5. 77mm orange filter

India's Railways (2)
f5.6

India's Railways (1)

Next, onto MG Road. One of the main shopping areas.

India Street Food (1)
ARAX-CM (Kiev 88), Mir-38v (65mm/f3.5) @f3.5

India Street Food (2)
Afternoon Nap, India
India Street Life
Street shooting, India

All photos shot on Kodak TMAX 100 120 B&W film pushed to 800 in developing. Developed using Rodinal 1:100 stand developing for 1hr10 at 20 degrees.

Part 2: India, March 2013. Part 2 – 6×6 Colour Medium Format Film (not yet developed.. to follow)
Part 3: India, March 2013. Part 3 – 35mm B&W Film (not yet developed.. to follow)

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