Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
04-07-2016, 12:03 AM   #1
New Member




Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Hampshire
Posts: 24
Hello from Hampshire.

Hello from Hampshire, England. I have been a photographer for over 60 years, my first serious camera was a Zeiss camera, 16 exposures on 127 film. I was a schoolboy at that stage and joined a camera club, I was by far their youngest member. Since then I have owned dozens of different cameras, my first 35mm camera was the excellent Voigtlander Vito B.
In 1963 a friend bought an Asahi Pentax S1a and I hankered after one but I couldn't afford it then.
I entered a large photo competition in about 1964 with a picture of a flower, I came second out of 85 finalists, I was handed my prize, an Ilford camera by the late Jonathan Routh of Candid Camera TV show fame.
Lots of things happened in my life after that, got married (twice) joined and left camera clubs, kept taking photos, had some in a Picture Library, a few were sold and published, but eventually all the pictures were stolen.
I was more interested then in the 90's in other hobbies, I had a comprehensive Minolta 9000 35mm slr outfit and the digital revolution passed me by. Then in about 2004 I bought my first digital camera, it was a Pentax Optio 30. 3.2 mp camera. I was still not so interested in photography, time passed, moved house and I decided to join a local camera club.
I then had another slightly more advanced compact camera and decided to buy a DSLR for the first time (2013 but not a Pentax).
Then I had a 10 x 8 print (colour) made from an image taken with the Pentax Optio, mounted it properly and it came top with a score of 10/10 in the intermediate section of the camera club's comp., I then realised that it is not about equipment, you do not need to spend 1,000's. I still own the Optio.
Then, I started to collect old film cameras. I searched ebay, charity shops and car boot sales, keeping the very best and selling the cameras I didn't want. I don't specialise but I buy cameras that look good, have great performance or ones that I used to own or drooled over in my local camera shop in the 60's and 70's - hence I have an immaculate Voigtlander Vito B with its guarantee card, instructions etc. I have about 30 old 35 mm SLRs now, of various makes, most in working condition.
Now we come to Pentax. I decided I liked the look of the Super A and similar era bayonet mount Pentax, I knew that the lenses were great and I did some research on here a few months ago before deciding to becoming a member yesterday. I found an immaculate ProgramA with an f2 50mm lens and bought it (not cheaply) I put one film through it but haven't sent it off yet.. I then bought a Pentax MZM just for the lenses that came with it.

Recently I decided to look for a Pentax MX camera and found one with a Pentax 50mm, f1.4 a 28mm Vivitar, a 70-205mm f 3.8 zoom, various filters and accessories on ebay which were bought for slightly more than I would have paid for the 50mm. The camera is in VG+ condition and I am about to put a film through it.
I like the look of the modern Pentax DSLR but cannot afford to change systems now.
In 2014 I took an online photography course and it improved my picture taking and composition skills enormously.
So, as of now, April 2016 I am still taking a lot of digital photos, entering them in competitions and I will start looking for more classic Pentax. I might get a S1a sometime, but it has to be first class.

25th April. I have just remembered. A few months ago I bought a mint Pentax Efina APS from a charity shop. It still had a film in it. Next time I send a film off for process I will add it to the order!


Last edited by Fotografer08; 04-25-2016 at 06:36 AM. Reason: More info!
04-07-2016, 12:08 AM   #2
Moderator
Site Supporter
MarkJerling's Avatar

Join Date: May 2012
Location: Wairarapa, New Zealand
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 6,405
Welcome to the forum!
04-07-2016, 12:44 AM   #3
pjv
Moderator
Loyal Site Supporter
pjv's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4,571
Hi Fotografer08. Welcome aboard the Pentax forums. You have a very interesting history with photography. Your experience will be helpful here, and I hope we can share our experience with you too.
04-07-2016, 12:54 AM   #4
Site Supporter




Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: La Vienne (86), France
Posts: 150
QuoteOriginally posted by Fotografer08 Quote
.....my first 35mm camera was the excellent Voigtlander Vito B.......
Welcome Sir. The Vito B was a classy little camera and I have my late father-in-law's tucked away here.....he used to make a bit of pin money with it by shooting weddings for some of the locals.

Bob

04-07-2016, 05:30 AM   #5
Loyal Site Supporter
TER-OR's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Dundee, IL
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 5,799
Welcome aboard!
My sister lives in Petersfield. Eventually I'll get to visit again.

I had a K10D with a split-focus screen which was very much like using a film camera on manual. I recall that sensor producing film-like images as well. It's not as hard as you might imagine.
04-07-2016, 07:25 AM   #6
Site Supporter




Join Date: May 2015
Location: Hampshire
Photos: Albums
Posts: 453
Welcome to Pentax Forum.
I had a Pentax S1a in a bag with a couple more film cameras (Praktica and Zenit) that I needed to check through as they all displayed some fault or other. Unless I've given it to a charity shop!!! I would not have if it had been in A1 condition but I did take a bag in and it may have been in it. You have inspired me to check.
I really should not leave them for months (or years) without trying them out again. Unfortunately for me my favourite 35mm film SLR is a Canon T90 but revealing that is probably heresy to other forum members.
I am not an experienced photographer and keep telling myself to get out and about and take some photos with some of the 30 odd cameras I own and learn something by doing it rather than read the forum offering of others and drool at many of the images they show.
04-08-2016, 12:16 AM   #7
New Member




Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Hampshire
Posts: 24
Original Poster
TER-OR Although I then lived in Surrey, the competition that I won the Ilford Camera in was held in a hall in Petersfield. The camera was a 'Sportsmaster' with four shutter release buttons down the front, each one focused the lens at a different distance before releasing the shutter! I sold it to my uncle. The first prize was a Ricoh Singlex SLR.
04-08-2016, 05:27 AM   #8
Loyal Site Supporter
TER-OR's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Dundee, IL
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 5,799
QuoteOriginally posted by Fotografer08 Quote
TER-OR Although I then lived in Surrey, the competition that I won the Ilford Camera in was held in a hall in Petersfield. The camera was a 'Sportsmaster' with four shutter release buttons down the front, each one focused the lens at a different distance before releasing the shutter! I sold it to my uncle. The first prize was a Ricoh Singlex SLR.
That Sportsmaster seems like a very interesting camera to play with. I'll have to do some searching to see what it was. I've largely resisted collecting film cameras because I need another hobby like I need a spike through my skull...

04-10-2016, 09:02 AM   #9
Moderator PEG Judges
Kerrowdown's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Highlands of Scotland.
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 32,562
Welcome to the forum and enjoy your time now with Pentax.
04-11-2016, 02:30 AM   #10
New Member




Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Hampshire
Posts: 24
Original Poster
Thank you very much for all the kind messages of welcome. I am currently thinking of entering the current photo competition, and am waiting for the rain to stop.
05-09-2016, 06:30 AM   #11
New Member




Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Hampshire
Posts: 24
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by Fotografer08 Quote
Hello from Hampshire, England. I have been a photographer for over 60 years, my first serious camera was a Zeiss camera, 16 exposures on 127 film. I was a schoolboy at that stage and joined a camera club, I was by far their youngest member. Since then I have owned dozens of different cameras, my first 35mm camera was the excellent Voigtlander Vito B.
In 1963 a friend bought an Asahi Pentax S1a and I hankered after one but I couldn't afford it then.
I entered a large photo competition in about 1964 with a picture of a flower, I came second out of 85 finalists, I was handed my prize, an Ilford camera by the late Jonathan Routh of Candid Camera TV show fame.
Lots of things happened in my life after that, got married (twice) joined and left camera clubs, kept taking photos, had some in a Picture Library, a few were sold and published, but eventually all the pictures were stolen.
I was more interested then in the 90's in other hobbies, I had a comprehensive Minolta 9000 35mm slr outfit and the digital revolution passed me by. Then in about 2004 I bought my first digital camera, it was a Pentax Optio 30. 3.2 mp camera. I was still not so interested in photography, time passed, moved house and I decided to join a local camera club.
I then had another slightly more advanced compact camera and decided to buy a DSLR for the first time (2013 but not a Pentax).
Then I had a 10 x 8 print (colour) made from an image taken with the Pentax Optio, mounted it properly and it came top with a score of 10/10 in the intermediate section of the camera club's comp., I then realised that it is not about equipment, you do not need to spend 1,000's. I still own the Optio.
Then, I started to collect old film cameras. I searched ebay, charity shops and car boot sales, keeping the very best and selling the cameras I didn't want. I don't specialise but I buy cameras that look good, have great performance or ones that I used to own or drooled over in my local camera shop in the 60's and 70's - hence I have an immaculate Voigtlander Vito B with its guarantee card, instructions etc. I have about 30 old 35 mm SLRs now, of various makes, most in working condition.
Now we come to Pentax. I decided I liked the look of the Super A and similar era bayonet mount Pentax, I knew that the lenses were great and I did some research on here a few months ago before deciding to becoming a member yesterday. I found an immaculate ProgramA with an f2 50mm lens and bought it (not cheaply) I put one film through it but haven't sent it off yet.. I then bought a Pentax MZM just for the lenses that came with it.

Recently I decided to look for a Pentax MX camera and found one with a Pentax 50mm, f1.4 a 28mm Vivitar, a 70-205mm f 3.8 zoom, various filters and accessories on ebay which were bought for slightly more than I would have paid for the 50mm. The camera is in VG+ condition and I am about to put a film through it.
I like the look of the modern Pentax DSLR but cannot afford to change systems now.
In 2014 I took an online photography course and it improved my picture taking and composition skills enormously.
So, as of now, April 2016 I am still taking a lot of digital photos, entering them in competitions and I will start looking for more classic Pentax. I might get a S1a sometime, but it has to be first class.

25th April. I have just remembered. A few months ago I bought a mint Pentax Efina APS from a charity shop. It still had a film in it. Next time I send a film off for process I will add it to the order!
When I said that I would like a Pentax S1a I found what I think is a nice one on ebay. It hasn't arrived yet but it has the clip-on exposure meter, ERC. and a Pentax book. Hope it is as good as it looks. See below.

Last edited by Fotografer08; 05-13-2016 at 07:35 AM.
05-13-2016, 07:34 AM   #12
New Member




Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Hampshire
Posts: 24
Original Poster
The Pentax S1a arrived today complete with the (square) clip-on exposure meter. The camera is in very good condition, not mint, but 50 year old cameras can be expected to show some signs of wear. Everything seems to work. The ERC is in very good condition too. The battery in the exposure meter was completely corroded, fortunately the space where it sits was not too bad and I cleaned it out. The meter now works and seems to be fairly accurate.
05-13-2016, 10:18 AM   #13
Moderator PEG Judges
Kerrowdown's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Highlands of Scotland.
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 32,562
QuoteOriginally posted by Fotografer08 Quote
camera is in very good condition
Happy days then, time to get shooting.
05-14-2016, 12:28 AM   #14
New Member




Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Hampshire
Posts: 24
Original Poster
Photo S1a

Tried to include this photo yesterday.
Attached Images
View Picture EXIF
DMC-LX7  Photo 
05-19-2016, 12:30 AM   #15
Pentaxian
debakarma's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2014
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,278
Welcome to the forum! BTW hopefully you will join the gear-porn club soon
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
35mm, 50mm, camera, cameras, ebay, film, look, me, optio, pentax, picture, routh, voigtlander
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hello from New Hampshire paramanic Welcomes and Introductions 7 01-11-2016 05:38 PM
Hello from New Hampshire mvislander Welcomes and Introductions 4 02-26-2015 07:43 AM
Hello From New Hampshire. jimfellows Welcomes and Introductions 5 08-31-2014 01:10 PM
Hello From New Hampshire NewHampshireCharlie Welcomes and Introductions 4 06-11-2009 12:32 AM
Hello from Hampshire SJ. Welcomes and Introductions 2 06-20-2007 05:13 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:57 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top