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01-11-2016, 01:03 PM   #1
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Hello all! Just bought a used Spotmatic with 55mm f/2, so now I can officially say I'm a Pentax guy! Have been picking up 1970's vintage SLRs for about three months.

I started out, in 1972 with a Praktica Super TL kit. After it was stolen in the late 80's, I switched to Nikon using an N6006 for the next decade or so. Moved into the digital era with a Sony Mavica (yes, with floppy-drive). During that transition period, in May 2002, I purchased a Nikon F100, which is a very fine film camera. I entered the Nikon digital world with a D100 (Oct. 2002), and sold the N6006 in 2004, but opted to keep the F100. In Oct. 2005, I bought a D2x (gave the D100 to a relative) which I used until last October, when I bought a Nikon D810. I have a good collection of Nikkor and Sigma glass.

So that's the film to digital story. Now I'm busy with the digital return to film chapter.

Last November I spied another Praktica Super TL, like that of my youth, on eBay upon which I placed a winning bid ($30). Then, later that month, I found a Mamiya/Sekor 500DTL body which I bid and won for about $10. Later, I found a 55mm f/1.8 Mamiya/Sekor normal lens for it, for $20. Early in December, I found a Konica Autoreflex T body for $5, and shortly thereafter found a 57mm f/1.4 Hexanon for $41. Near Christmas, I picked up a Konica T3 for $11.50 and I'm awaiting a Hexanon AR 52mm f/1.8 to mount on it which I had the winning bid for $10.50. In late December, I picked up the Honeywell/Pentax Spotmatic and 55mm f/2 for $11. I've registered the S/N for camera and lens. All this is as much fun as a big Powerball lottery! Winning that would be nice, too!

99% of my photos go through the D810 & D2x. When spring arrives, I'll probably break out the film cameras for initial trials, and see which ones still really work!

Galleries of my stuff can be seen here.

Cheers!

John

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Welcome aboard! I'm in East Dundee, taking pictures of things along the Fox River etc.
I have a new K3II so we'll see how that compares with pictures from my long-serving K5 this year.
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Welcome aboard. My first SLR was a Mamaya.Sekor 500 DTL. Still have it too.

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Hi John. Welcome aboard the forum again !!! You have joined a very good community here.
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Welcome to the forum. Looking forward to see some of your photos.
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Welcome to the forum.... as one who could have bought a Spotmatic back in 67, I'm hearing the Out Of Limits Theme playing in the background. Rod Serling is on my black and white TV saying " A man is transported back to an era where he has a chance to buy a camera he passed on for a cheaper model first time around."

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Hi John, welcome from Alabama!
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QuoteOriginally posted by gaweidert Quote
Welcome aboard. My first SLR was a Mamaya.Sekor 500 DTL. Still have it too.
Yes, at the age of 15, I so badly wanted a Mamiya/Sekor 500 or 1000 DTL. But, in my price range I went with the Praktica. Those all metal, mechanical, TL metering cameras were built like tanks! I find it fun to fool with these "antiques," especially when compared to today's DSLR technology. Gives you an appreciation of how far we've come! Cheers!
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