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09-09-2017, 06:19 AM   #1
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I'm Kat from Sweden and I'm an amateur photographer. I recently bought a Pentax K1000 to expand my analog horizon. I have an Olympus OM-10 and an OM-20. I only use analog cameras. Can't afford a decent digital camera and I just feel more comfortable with analog equipment.

I was trained in the ancient art of 35mm developing and copying in school, 11th-12th grade. Mostly B/W as C41 chemicals are poisonous AF and not suitable for raucous teenagers. I was hooked on analog from the start. There is a ritual involved in taking photos and developing film that you can't get with digital. I don't have a developing-kit right now but that's my next project. My husband was a photographer for a local newspaper and he can't disagree more with me. We have had many heated discussions regarding analog VS. digital. So if you're feeling argumentative - bring it on. Be nice though. I can't stand rude people, as I have told my husband often. Har, har.

Back to my Pentax K1000. I haven't finished my first roll of film yet so I have no idea if it was a good buy. If it doesn't work I'll get another K1000 and hope the second time's a charm. Why, you ask? I heard it's the best analog Pentax you can get. Maybe even the best analog camera, period. That's why.

My grasp on lenses, techniques and different types of film is relatively limited. I have been using either an Olympus OM1 when I was in school or OM10 with a standard 50mm 1.8 Zuiko lens and a Soligor 80-200mm 4.5 zoom+macro. I have only been using T-max 400 (quite good) and Fujifilm superia x-tra 400 (which sucks). We have one (!) decent photo store within a 40 mile radius and they only have a few different types of C41 films. I have moved over to Kodak Portra 400 and 800 even though I've read it's not ideal for landscape and architecture photography.

I must have a million questions. About everything from astrophotography and the best lenses and techniques for that, to how you can manipulate the ISO settings for different lighting effects, to the best agitation sequence for ilford hp5 plus. I will look through the threads when I have the time. I can be impatient when I'm looking for something specific. I want to know EVERYTHING NOW, MOHAHA!

That's the end of my rant. I haven't ranted like that in awhile and it felt quite good. I'm slow to respond to messages so don't get cross with me. I'm not doing it to annoy you.

I guess I'll see you around!

09-09-2017, 09:45 AM   #2
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Hi Kat, welcome from the UK. The K1000 is a fine camera, I used a KM in the 70s, which is a K1000 with a self-timer and stop-down button. Analogue or digital, it's all based on the sacred triangle of aperture, shutter speed and sensitivity, and all practitioners are very welcome!
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Hi from Australia Kat, and welcome to the Pentax forums. Now that you are a member, the forums are " yours " to use as you wish !! It's a great place to hang out, so looking forward to you joining in when you can. Good to have you aboard.
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Welcome to the forum and welcome to photography the Pentax way.

09-11-2017, 01:38 AM   #5
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Thank you all! I look forward to reading and posting in the forums. I chose to become a member here because everyone seems very respectful and helpful towards each other. That's rare nowadays, to say the least.

As for digital VS analog, it's not really an issue with me, more of a mock argument between my husband and myself 😄 Like microlight wrote, it's all about the sacred triangle. Digital has huge advantages. You can experiment and get instant feedback, while I have to wait for the film to develop. Often I forget what I did to create a certain effect, even if I try to write it down while shooting. Anyways. I'll start posting as soon as I have time!

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