Davide Caniatti

Vintage cameras, legacy lenses, Foveon & more

45mm Pentax 6x7: a great lens with a bigger neighbor

A super wide-angle with great performance, but with a bulky neighbor and an undeserved reputation

The Pentax 6x7 lens series has been the flagship of the Japanese house for over 50 years. The first company to invest in 6x7, a format that combined the aspect ratio of the optical bench and the portability of the medium format, the 45mm is the widest-angle lens ever produced for it. Actually, there would also be a 35mm, but it is a fisheye, which, therefore, we are not going to analyze.

Contax G 35mm Planar: an undeserved bad reputation

How a real summicron killer became the ugly duckling of the G series

The G series of rangefinder camera lenses created by Carl Zeiss in the 1990s is universally considered one of the best creations of the turn of the century, an absolute swan song for film. However, among so many lenses acclaimed by the public and critics like the 45mm Planar, there has always been a caveat. The 35mm, introduced later for the updated Contax G1 green label, was immediately judged too soft and inferior to the rest of the kit.