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02-27-2018, 12:30 PM - 1 Like   #1
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A new thread?? Just for me??

Hi all,

Quick and simple... found an interest in vintage SLRís just over a year ago, bought every classic I could afford and get my hands on.

First SLR was a Pentax K1000 (earlier, Japan made edition). Purchased a bunch of other SLRís as I went film crazy! Sold them all except the K1000 and have now started only collecting Pentax models (or Ricoh K mount models).

Thatís enough of that, tell me about your discovery into film photography, what about photography released the shutter in your mind?

02-27-2018, 01:04 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, enjoy your photography the Pentax way.
02-27-2018, 01:08 PM   #3
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Yep, a thread just for you Welcome to the club house!

I started my Asahi journey on an S1a my father handed me when I was... about 10? Later progressed to a Spotmatic, then an ME Super before the digital tsunami swept me away. I still have a number of film bodies but I'm now too comfortable in the convenient world of digital imagery and can't see myself returning to film. I have toyed with the thought of medium or large format film, but I think I'll leave that at the imaginary stage

I do, however, enjoy using vintage glass. Great quality and greater fun!

Btw, Laird @Kerrowdown there isn't know for his use of autofocus lenses, either
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Welcome,
There are plenty of film shots to see here:
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots - PentaxForums.com

I have had the P30T (broken now) and a Super A primarily to gauge if I want FF digital (and I do!), so be wary!
The whole thing with film is an enjoyable, if expensive hobby.

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Memories of Pentaxes past...

MORE ON THE GOOD OLD DAYS but, first, I have a confession. I (gulp) also have a Canon G11. Hopefully this won't result in a knock on my door late at night by a couple of Pentax-enforcers...LOL.

Hopefully my memory is accurate for this rambling...

The first Asahi (pre-Pentax) that I saw and tried was a used Asahiflex with a waist level viewfinder. I was 16 at the time and had just started working part-time at a camera store. The waist-level finder put me off.

Fortunately Asahi added a pentaprism, hence the Pentax name. The result was the S1 with a pre-set aperture lens. For those of you that haven't had the joy of trying to shoot a moving subject on a sunny day with a pre-set lens it was a challenge. You had to set the aperture ring to whatever, say f11, then turn the free-moving ring to "wide open" to be able to see through the viewfinder to focus followed by a quick rotation to close the lens to f11 so you could take the shot. A challenge to say the least.

Early Pentaxes were sold as Honeywell Pentax (stamped into the front of the pentaprism cover) in the USA and Asahi Pentax elsewhere. Honeywell cameras were designated H1, H1a, etc.

Next came the S1a. The "a" meant automatic, but probably not in today's sense. The camera had a "semi-automatic diaphragm" that automatically stopped down when you pressed the shutter release ó but it had to be "re-cocked" to open the aperture for each shot in order to focus. The camera had a 50mm f2.2 lens and a 1/500 shutter.

The S3 was it!!! I bought my S3 new in May '63 from the camera store I'd been working part-time at for over a year ó I was 16 at the time and making 10 bucks a week so the $230 price took a while to save.. With its fully automatic diaphragm, 50mm f1.8 lens and1/1000 sec shutter you could shoot just about anything. Included in the price was the clip-on light meter and a "never-ready" leather case.

In the days of hand-held selenium light-meters Pentax's clip-on CdS meter was a god-send. The meter sat atop the pentaprism secured by a spring loaded clip that engaged grooves around the viewfinder (still on later cameras). The shutter speed dial had a small notch that coupled to a pin on the meter which had a duplicate shutter speed dial with an ASA window controlled by lifting the outer ring and turning to the required ASA. Forget centre-weighting (we Canadians spell "center" correctly!), spot, zone, and all those other fancy terms for measuring light. Turn the meter on and pray there weren't things throwing off the reading since it just averaged a rather nebulous (whatever was out there) area. My preference was the palm of my hand which, after careful comparison to a Kodak 18% Gray Card, meant adding 1 1/2 stops to whatever my hand read (assuming that it was reasonably clean at the time LOL).

More to come...


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QuoteOriginally posted by Zenith.G Quote
Hi all,

Quick and simple... found an interest in vintage SLRís just over a year ago, bought every classic I could afford and get my hands on.

First SLR was a Pentax K1000 (earlier, Japan made edition). Purchased a bunch of other SLRís as I went film crazy! Sold them all except the K1000 and have now started only collecting Pentax models (or Ricoh K mount models).

Thatís enough of that, tell me about your discovery into film photography, what about photography released the shutter in your mind?
Welcome to the forum. (Of, soos julle daar sÍ, Welkom!)

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MORE ON THE GOOD OLD DAYS but, first, I have a confession. I (gulp) also have a Canon G11. Hopefully this won't result in a knock on my door late at night by a couple of Pentax-enforcers...
welcome to the forum

as to your confession about your transgression

and resulting concern

" let he who is without sin throw the first stone "

IMHO


however


some members could feel differently

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QuoteOriginally posted by Aslyfox Quote
welcome to the forum

as to your confession about your transgression

and resulting concern

" let he who is without sin throw the first stone "

IMHO


however


some members could feel differently

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Thanks everyone for the welcomes! My very first camera, a birthday present in 1960, was a Kodak Brownie Starflex (#127 film, twin-lens reflex box-camera). Loved it & clearly remember my first "good picture" that got me hooked on photography. Christmas of '61. I was 15 at the time, my parents gave me a Yashica M II (believe it was sold in Japan as the "Minister") rangefinder with a 45mm f2.8 lens & built in selenium light meter. Eighteen months later I bought my Asahi Pentax S3... So long ago yet still seems like yesterday.
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