Paris Meets Vintage Pentax 6×7 on Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

by Hugh Brownstone1 Comment

Thanks to planet5D reader Leon Benzakein for alerting us to Paris Through Pentax. And kudos to Petapixel for getting more details directly from the filmmakers. 

The Pentax 6×7 is a legendary camera. Paris is a legendary city.

The two are brought together lovingly – and wear their age well — in this lovely and thoughtfully conceived short. The music and font are perfectly matched to the film, too.

Gear-nerd that I am, I immediately wondered how it was done.

I found myself searching for how the image on a waist level finder is supposed to show up (I assumed there was post-production foolery, but was apparently mistaken in thinking that the image on a ground glass would display upside down – Wikipedia asserts that the image displays right side up, but reversed left to right).

Filmmakers Mathieu Maury and Antoine Pai of Maison Carnot also provided a snapshot of the DIY rig they used to make the magic happen (ironically, it involves black cardboard and a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera).

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Congrats to both men. You can see more of their work at

Paris Through Pentax

Via Vimeo Description:

Discover the city of love through a legendary camera, the Pentax 67.

Music : A.taylor – A late night's wandering
Thanks to Gaetan Morant (Absolt Agency) for the typography.

Via Petepixel:

Created by photography and filmmaking enthusiasts Mathieu Maury and Antoine Pai of production/advertising company Maison Carnot, Paris Through Pentax was the result of serendipity.

“It’s actually quite a funny story,” Pai told us in an email. “Mathieu passed by my place with the Pentax 67 and almost the same day I received the Blackmagic pocket camera and it just seemed obvious to us when the two cameras were lying together on the table.”

From there on it was just a matter of figuring out how to rig the two together.

Read full article on Petapixel's post “Stunning Video of Paris Captured Through the Viewfinder of an Old Pentax 67”

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(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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  1. Wow, that is a great video. I still have my Pentax 6×7 system and have used my 165mm F2.8 Pentax 6×7 lens on my full frame Sony E mount cameras using adapters.

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