S-M-C Takumar 6X7 105mm f/2.4 lens

Foma Fomapan 400 at EI 400, developed in HC-110 dilution E for 10:30 minutes, agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds Foma Fomapan 400 at EI 400, developed in HC-110 dilution E for 10:30 minutes, agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds

The S-M-C Takumar 6X7 105mm f/2.4 lens in its three different yet optically identical incarnations is probably the most recommended lens for both the Pentax 6×7 and the Pentax 645 series of medium format cameras. I never really understood this, the SMC Pentax 67 90mm f/2.8 lens that I already owned is on paper not that different if you only consider the aperture and focal length.  Yet the 105mm at open aperture has an amazing and quite a unique bokeh which makes it great for portrait photography out in the field.

I’ve only tried out the lens on my Pentax 67II so far and I’m keen to use this lens on my Pentax 645NII via the affordable Fotodiox adapter I picked up earlier. I love all my other Takumar lenses, if it works out as well on my Pentax 645NII, this lens will be a keeper!

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Dancers in the fog

This year we visited the same area in the Vosges as last year. I like doing that, being able to visit the same places again under different circumstances. The old mirabelle trees that I photographed last year were still there and this year I visited the location in a thick fog.

ROLLEI PAN 25 @ EI 25; developed in HC-110 dilution G for 22 minutes, agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds ROLLEI PAN 25 @ EI 25; developed in HC-110 dilution G for 22 minutes, agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds

The fog isolated the trees completely from the background and made the trees appear like ballet dancers.

I shot this on Rollei PAN 25 film, I have no idea if this film is identical to ADOX PAN 25 film. I always assumed so but the Rollei film curled a lot more than the ADOX film so I have my doubts now.

I did get a better exposure now that I’m using my Seconic L-758D meter (spotmetered) instead of the Seconic L-308S Flashmate that I used last time. The TTL meter was suggesting all kinds of under- or overexposures so using that would have been useless in this situation.

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