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01-02-2016, 07:49 PM   #1
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Hello From Georgia

Hello all!!! I'm new to this forum but not to Pentax. I bought my first Pentax 35mm SLR around 1978 out of a pawn shop at Ft. Hood TX. It's a black meterless Pentax SL and yes, I still have it. It's one tough camera. In 1981 I was at Pathfinder School at Ft. Benning GA and did a number of parachute jumps. On one parachute jump my rucksack lowering line broke free and the rucksack fell 200 feet to the ground with the SL inside it. When I recovered the rucksack I expected the SL to be in pieces. Nope, not hurt at all. It worked just fine.

I used Pentax Spotmatics all through the 80's and 90's. At one point I had 12 Spotmatic bodies including two Spotmatic Motor Drive bodies with the 250exp backs. Once the 1.35v mercury batteries dried up I sold them all off except for the black SL and a few lenses - 28mm, 50mm 1/4, and the 105mm.

A couple of years ago I bought another SL body (chrome) and started getting some of my favorite screw-mount lenses back. I now have the 20mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm f/1.4, and the 105mm - all are SMC 3 pin.

The black SL has been highly modified over the years: Nikon P screen, Ritz rugertized covering, Pentax LX lower strap lugs, and Leica screw OVER cable release.

The chrome SL has a Pentax K1000 plastic tip film advance lever.

I decided to get a couple of ESII bodies as they use silver oxide batteries. I now have a nice pair of ESII bodies completely overhauled by Eric.

I also use Olympus OM-1/OM-2 film cameras and Leica/Nikon/Contax rangefinder cameras. I primarily use black & white film. My film of choice is Ilford HP-5.


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Welcome. I have a K-1000 I bought brand new more than decades ago. My latest Pentax camera is the K-3 II. It is very nice in case you are searching for a dslr.
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Hi Aoresteen, welcome aboard the forum.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Aoresteen Quote
rucksack fell 200 feet to the ground
Welcome, not a recommended test procedure one hopes...

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01-04-2016, 09:56 AM   #6
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Thanks all! I'm happy to be back in the Pentax (film) camp again. GAS struck again. Just bought a 200mm SMC Takumar off of eBay for $61 shipped from Canada.

Asahi Pentax Super Multi Coated Takumar 1 4 200mm M42 Lens Case VG 5646 | eBay

Thank sould do it!!! I hope!
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