Using the Pentacon Six AND digital
Shooting on film and printing digitally is, perhaps, the best solution for many users.
Just a couple of days ago I received a great e-mail from a Pentacon Six user who has just discovered this route. He has kindly given me permission to quote from his e-mail, and I would like you to feel his excitement and joy at the possibilities that this opens for him and this is someone who already has a high-quality DSLR!
|I am thrilled
with being able to digitialize pics that I get from the cam [a Pentacon
Six]. It is reasonably priced (Swiss Francs 5 per pic and Swiss Francs
5 for a CD), but it is thrilling to be able to act on the pics ...
I feel now that I can use my Pentacon six together with all
digital possibities together, which opens up a whole new field of
activity and makes the cam a fantastic tool! (I printed A3+ printouts
with it on my Canon pro9500 printer which are great).
Sorry for sounding naive, but this is my first experience with an analog camera being "digitalized"... which makes me only more attached to my Pentacon Six! .... (when one does not have the traditional lab at home). Wanted to share it out of sheer excitement and to add to the relevance of Pentacon Six in the digital age.
Indeed, through digitalising
of negatives, one gets the best of both worlds, in terms of quality and
also for the sheer pleasure of using these fine techno-optical tools, without
sacrificing the possibilities offered by good processing software.
|My solution, too, at the moment is to use the Pentacon
Six and digital. For best-possible quality, I shoot on a Pentacon
Six or Exakta 66 (occasionally a Kiev 60, Kiev 88 or Hasselblad 500C, 500C/M
or SWC/M). I have the film processed in a lab, having given up on
doing my own film processing although now I am thinking of starting again,
mostly to avoid postal delays. Unless I am testing a lens I get small
5"×5" prints made, which are cheap and serve as
I have given up on sending poorly exposed or badly colour-balanced prints
back to the lab for re-printing. It is not worth the hassle, and
its quicker (even with the scanning times indicated above) to scan them
in, re-touch them if necessary to remove any dust, and print them myself
so that I get an image that looks the way I remember the original scene.
I have 60cm × 60cm prints on my dining room wall (we feel that larger would be overbearing and out of proportion to the room) and prints in a range of sizes throughout the house. We occasionally enjoy projecting slides shot with the Pentacon Six / Exakta 66 at anything up to 6 feet wide. (Digital projection may get there one day, but look at the resolution figures right now for anything other than a moving image, the quality would be awful at this size.)
What scanners are suitable for Pentacon Six frames?
See my suggestions here.
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© TRA November 2005, July 2009