For me, the biggest con of this camera is its weight and shape. If you’re not used to holding a camera in your hand for long periods, this one is going to leave your wrist and arm sore.
And forget about using a camera strap, your neck and shoulder will never forgive you. For me, this camera is one of my favorites to travel with but can become such a pain (literally) when trying to lug it around all day.
She, for sure, is a clunky and heavy camera.
Another con is a common one when being a film shooter. Almost all film cameras are going to be purchased second hand, and this doesn’t always guarantee that your camera is going to be in tiptop shape.
As great as this camera is, it’s still a film camera, and without cleaning and proper maintenance, this camera can break or have back focusing issues internally.
And lastly, a con for this camera is the amount of time it takes to unload and load film into the camera back. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve missed vital shots because I was busy trying to make sure I had film loaded into the camera.
Because of this, if you’re using this camera for special occasions, at weddings, or anywhere else where you need to take pictures at a moment’s notice, have an extra back always preloaded with film.
Or even better, have an assistant who can focus on unloading and reloading your film while you are shooting!
Overall, the Pentax 645N can be a bit awkward to hold and can take a bit of a learning curve, but it is an absolute staple for me. It creates some of the most stunning images, and its pros far outweigh its cons.
It’s the perfect companion for anyone looking to jump headfirst into medium format film!