Leave it to the Japanese to be fantastic photography fanatics. Photographer Kiyoshimachine has decided to pay tribute to one of the most iconic medium format cameras by creating novel helmets in its likeness, having fans wear them, and taking photos using the Pentax 6x7! Check out the hilarious headshots here.
According to Photoethnography, the Pentax 6×7 is “the Arnold Schwazenegger of cameras—everything else is a ‘girlie-man’ compared to this behemoth.” Launched in 1969, the Pentax 6x7 is a Japanese medium format SLR camera that takes 120 or 220 film. It came with a non-metered pentaprism and usually a Super Takumar 105mm f/2.4 lens, with a wide range of fixed focal length and zoom lenses, as well as TTL-metered and other finders, as additional accessories. Its optics are some of the most impressive ever made, resulting in crisp photos with impeccable detail.
It’s no surprise that a group has paid tribute to the “super SLR” by sculpting head pieces that look like the Pentax 6×7 and having the camera’s fans wear them and pose for humorous headshots—literally!
All headshots were, of course, shot using the Pentax 67. See more photos from the “Monster67” album by kiyoshimachine on Flickr. The helmets are not for sale but the owner says “If you come to Japan,you can wear this funny helmet.” :-)