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    Hello,

    The photographer was one of the pros that got the rare pit pass into the special areas. The spot in front of the spectators seating facing the orange tower was the best spot for action and starting line still photography. But, sometimes, they are on assignment and have the freedom to run around all over the starting line staging areas and into places where we normal film fanatics could not go to take films or still photos.

    This photo was taken around 1965-66 era as the camera is/was one that I was going to get for my last bit of photo equipment in the later years. By 1965-66, my brother was already getting involved in his early 35mm cameras and the brand Pentax was one of the top models. But, most of the professionals were using the old style box cameras, the Hassleblad 2.25 x 2.25 cameras.

    That gave them the advantage as the negative is larger and then a magazine photo page can be enlarged with super clarity. Envy turned into "passe," as those cameras were so far out of reach of just about anyone, other than professional photographers in the field or working for a company like Peterson Publishing.


    My brother used his 35mm film cameras and his photos were very good. When I started shooting photographs, I was the recipient of my brother’s Asahi Pentax/Honeywell Pentax Cameras. He had moved on to his two Nikon F camera and lenses. By the time that time period rolled around for the need for larger color and B/W enlargements.

    This new Asahi Pentax Camera now had the distinct advantage of having a format that allowed a perfect 8 x 10 finished photo without having to crop too much. The good thing was, The 6X7 camera was as good, but less expensive as the pure professional Hassleblad Camera line.


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    The 6x7 camera was very versatile. It could be at ground level using the flip up viewfinder, used like a larger 35mm film camera with SLR lens set ups. Overall, it was not as small as a 35mm film camera, but it could be used for any super enlargements in color and black/white photos with superior results. The pro photographer could be in the same position using a Hassleblad, but those 2.25 cameras were quite a bit smaller. This is early envy in the biggest arena of drag racing and photography.

    Did I ever get a 6x7 Pentax Camera during my photo shoot days? For us, the cost was just a little out of our reach, so we purchased a another pro version of a 2.25 x 2.25 versatile camera to get the great enlargements in color for the covers and center spreads of the magazines. Some of those old photos have been posted here on the HAMB.
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    A “chimney finder” on an Asahi Pentax 6x7 Camera
     
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