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The original Asahi Pentax 6×7 was introduced in 1969, said to have been inspired by the East German 6×5 KW Praktisix released in 1957, and its successor, the Pentacon Six introduced in 1959. It looks like a traditional 35mm SLR camera, only noticeably bigger and heavier (weighs 2.3 kilograms when equipped with the plain prism and standard lens), making some photographers refer to it as a “Super SLR.” It takes 120 films which yield 10 exposures, and 220 films which yield 20 exposures. It has its own dual bayonet lens mount which accommodates a wide range of interchangeable Takumar lenses.
An upgraded version that came with a mirror-up mechanism was introduced in 1976 (Pentax 6×7 MU), and improved versions named Pentax 67 and 67II were released in 1990 and 1999 respectively.
Type: Ideal-format single-lens reflex
Film & picture size: 120 roll-film (10 exposures); 220 roll-film (20 exposures); 55mm x 70mm (2-1/4″ × 2-3/4")
Standard Lens: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar/6×7 105mm f/2.4; 6 elements; fully-automatic diaphragm; 67mm filter size; minimum focusing distance of 1 meter (3.3 feet)
Shutter: Electronically-timed, double-curtain focal-plane shutter; X, B, 1 to 1/1000 sec; powered with a 6V silver oxide battery (Eveready #544 or Mallory PX28)
Reflex mirror: Swing-back-and-up type instant return mirror
Lens mount: Two coaxial bayonet mounts; inner bayonet for lenses from 35mm to 300mm, and outer bayonet for lenses from 400mm to 1000mm.
Flash synchronization: FP and X terminals; electronic flash synchronization at 1/30 sec.
Standard viewfinder: Detachable pentaprism housing with interchangeable eyepiece
Dimensions: 184mm (width) x 149mm (height) x 156mm (depth) with standard lens
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