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02-18-2012, 04:49 PM   #1
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World Pentax Day - a Return to Basics

Very glad to participate in World Pentax Day 2012.

I'm a biologist and avid amateur photographer based in Southern Ontario, Canada. My most frequent subjects are wildlife and landscapes.

I've been shooting stills on film since the early 1970s (I sometimes still use my first SLR for fun, a Mamiya Sekor DTL500, which uses Pentax screwmount lenses), and with a Pentax K1000 since 1989. I moved into DSLRs with a Pentax *ist dl in 2006, and then moved up a couple of years later to a K200D. My primary DSLR is now a Nikon D7000, but I still use the K1000 when I want to shoot 35 mm film. On World Pentax Day I set up a shoot-off between the Pentax and the Nikon, shooting the same scenes with a 50 mm prime lens on the Pentax and a 35 mm prime on the digital Nikon. I used 400 ISO B&W C41 film in the Pentax and set the Nikon to 400 ISO monochrome. The results were very, very close! Both systems performed well and produced great tonal ranges (I scan my film with an Epson V500). For several years I've also been shooting medium format (a Hasselblad 500CM, a Mamiyaflex TLR and others) and last year also waded into large format with a 4x5 Graflex Crown Graphic.

I've uploaded four of the shots made with my K1000 on my World Pentax Day 2012 excursion to the LaSalle Park and Marina in Burlington, Ontario, Canada to the WPD2012 gallery.

02-18-2012, 07:32 PM   #2
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Great to see some film shots for a change! I'm glad you enjoyed the event and stay tuned for the announcement of the next WPD

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