Istanbul through Pentacon Six TL

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Finally, I am back with a post again! It has been a long time I could write anything. The reason of this long break is that I have got married plus I have changed job and country to live. From September I will live in Austria and I hope I will find new impulses for my photography.

Anyway, thanks to my old mentor and friend PepLluis that we could visit a really extraordinary place (Istanbul) as our honeymoon. This post is a kind of diary about this trip taken by my beloved Pentacon Six TL camera. Although we have carried a digital camera as well the medium format is one of my weak points and so I decided to share these images over the digital.

Pentacon Six as travel camera

Of course a big question has immediately emerged when we hit the warm and crowded streets of Istanbul with a heavy duty medium format camera and with three lenses and a tripod in the backpack. As you would suggest this gear is anything but light, so the question is how good travel camera is the Pentacon Six TL especially nowadays when you can choose among many excellent lightweight digital system cameras.

This gear is indeed heavy and cumbersome to use. You need to measure light in advance, focus carefully (the depth of field is really shallow on greater apertures) and you must hold the camera very still when firing the shutter. These tasks can be difficult in the crowd you can experience in the touristic places of Istanbul during Ramadan. I definitely gained some muscles after this trip.

On the other hand the experience of operating such a beast  is really unique as well as the results you can get at home. Personally I am really please by the images and it was a great fun to use the P6. But next time I will think my camera choice over before packing. Nevertheless I am pretty sure that the Pentacon will come with me many more times. My Pentacon Six TL review can be seen here.

Sultan İkinci Beyazıd Veli Türbesi (Istanbul, Turkey) Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 80mm f/2.8, Fujicolor Pro 160NC, Canoscan 9900F

Sultan İkinci Beyazıd Veli Türbesi (Istanbul, Turkey) Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 80mm f/2.8, Fujicolor Pro 160NC, Canoscan 9900F

Sultan İkinci Beyazıd Veli Türbesi (Istanbul, Turkey) Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 50mm f/4, Fujicolor Pro 160NC, Canoscan 9900F

Sultan İkinci Beyazıd Veli Türbesi (Istanbul, Turkey) Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 50mm f/4, Fujicolor Pro 160NC, Canoscan 9900F

Hagia Sophia (Istanbul, Turkey) Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 80mm f/2.8, Fujicolor Pro 160NC, Canoscan 9900F

Hagia Sophia (Istanbul, Turkey) Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 80mm f/2.8, Fujicolor Pro 160NC, Canoscan 9900F

Woman (Topkapi palace, Istanbul, Turkey) Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 80mm f/2.8, Fujicolor Pro 160NC, Canoscan 9900F

Woman (Topkapi palace, Istanbul, Turkey) Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 80mm f/2.8, Fujicolor Pro 160NC, Canoscan 9900F

Eszter (Topkapi palace, Istanbul, Turkey) Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 80mm f/2.8, Fujicolor Pro 160NC, Canoscan 9900F

Eszter (Topkapi palace, Istanbul, Turkey) Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 80mm f/2.8, Fujicolor Pro 160NC, Canoscan 9900F

Approaching storm (Topkapi palace, Istanbul, Turkey) Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 80mm f/2.8, Fujicolor Pro 160NC, Canoscan 9900F

Approaching storm (Topkapi palace, Istanbul, Turkey) Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 80mm f/2.8, Fujicolor Pro 160NC, Canoscan 9900F

Eszter ( Büyük Selimiye Cami, Istanbul, Turkey) Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 80mm f/2.8, Fujicolor Pro 160NC, Canoscan 9900F

Eszter (Büyük Selimiye Cami, Istanbul, Turkey) Pentacon Six TL, Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 80mm f/2.8, Fujicolor Pro 160NC, Canoscan 9900F

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  1. spcamerastyle · August 23, 2012

    Beautifull pictures, Gábor. Whata lovelly place! A few months ago my mother was on a fun trip to Turkey and she knew Istambul.

    Your posts are always a good surprise.

    Best Regards.

    • camerajunky · August 23, 2012

      Thanks, it is always nice to see your comments.

  2. LightHouseBlues · August 23, 2012

    Beautiful photos! Love the colours, and the grain is to die for! 🙂

    • camerajunky · August 23, 2012

      Thank you! Your blog is also really nice, I think I will spend some time exploring it. I really like your reasoning about why to choose analog.

      Bests, Gábor

  3. Francesc · August 23, 2012

    Really beautiful pictures Gabor. Please, never forget your P6 wherever the place or country you visit.

  4. turkischland · August 23, 2012

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  5. Mah · August 23, 2012

    Excellent shots… Medium frame nostalgia

  6. Szőllősi Ákos · August 23, 2012

    Nice pictures my friend… 🙂 I hope you will make a lot of shots in Hungary in the future…

    Your friend – Ik

  7. jasonehowe · August 23, 2012

    Firstly congratulations Gabor and good luck with your move to Austria, change is good I always say!!

    Beautiful images and great results from the Pentacon Six, also good to see some Medium Format photography on here. Look forward to your next post.

    Cheers

    Jason

  8. Titi · August 23, 2012

    As you should be now in Austria, did you some nice pictures with the Pentacon six TL under snow ambience ?
    I’ve recently exchanged my Mamiya C220 (twin lens camera) with this Pentacon six TL and I admit I’ve been influenced by your reviews 😉

    Titi

    • camerajunky · August 23, 2012

      Hi Titli,

      Thanks for the nice words. Yes, I am in Austria right now, and so far I like it. Unfortunately, I have not used the P6 this winter yet. But maybe I will, so thanks for the hint.
      The Mamiya must had been a really great camera too. I was always wanted to have one, but so far I haven’t even had a chance to touch one. But it can also come some time.

      Gabor