Looking for the next vintage camera to add to your collection of quirky shooters? Oh, that’s exactly what we’ve found for you. It’s so quirky that we’re actually not quite sure if you’d actually want it, especially at the price it’s going for. The item in question is a repainted Pentax 67 in vibrant red — down to the lens itself.
The Pentax 6×7 listed by Taipei-based ebay seller shueido is a MLU (mirror lock-up) model with TTL metering pentaprism viewfinder and 105mm f2.4 Takumar lens. While rated as “mint,” everything has been repainted in “warm red” — from the camera body to the lens, and even the front and rear caps and part of the grip. The shutter, flash sync, film counter, and meter are also reported as working properly, as the kit has also been CLA-ed. As for the optics, the lens has no fungus, scratch, or haze.
While we appreciate the efforts done to repaint everything as cleanly and meticulously as possible, we’re not really sure about the color of choice. It’s most likely too bright and attention-grabbing for most, and certainly a big departure from the classic look of the all-black Pentax 6×7 that we all know and love. If you’re eyeing this camera and would actually like to use it (as opposed to resigning it as a display piece), we tip our hats to you.
The Pentax 6×7 itself is essentially a traditional 35mm SLR supersized to take 120 and 220 film. In fact, it shares its electromechanical design and concept with its smaller cousin, the 35mm Pentax Electro Spotmatic. As its name suggests, this camera produces 6 cm x 7 cm images on medium format film. It has a dual bayonet lens mount that can take a wide selection of Takumar and SMC 67-designated lenses. One of its versatile features is the removable prism, with different kinds of finders can be fitted into the finder bay. The Pentax 6×7 MLU was launched in 1976.
If you’re willing to shell out $2,099 for this quirky repainted Pentax 6×7, we suggest asking around if the price is right and worth it before you buy it now or make your best offer.
Photos from the ebay listing by shueido