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12-01-2023, 06:30 PM - 8 Likes   #1
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Shooting with a K1000

Forget for a moment that the K1000 is an overvalued classic, and imagine having owned this camera yourself for nearly 40 years. It's the weekend, and you don't want to spend it in front of your computer. So you load up a roll of Kentmere and head out into the world, K1000 in hand.

The simplicity is refreshing. The viewfinder is massive. It takes you back to your youth, to a time when the world was still new. You reach into your pocket, pull out some birdseed, stretch your hand out and set your focus, aperture, and shutter speed. Then a trusting Chickadee lands for a snack, and you made a new friend who follows you around for the day.

You get home with your treasures from the day, stand in the dark basement washroom, loading the film onto a reel in the time-honored tradition. Then when everything turns out exactly the way you envisioned it...oh, the satisfaction.

Your faith in your ability is justified, and the world is the same good place it has always been.

12-01-2023, 06:46 PM   #2
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Now try a mouse and gray owl.
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How about a red squirrel?
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Bravo! Well earned shot.
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A very inspiring story and great pictures...
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Fantastic story, and what a shot to accompany it. I need to use my film camera more.

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that is loevly!!!
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I had a similar experience a few weeks ago...

I hadn't used the KX in a while and took it on a work trip to London, then finished up the roll wandering around near home.

Of the 74 frames, there was one that could not have been done with a K1000... I used the self timer. (OK, I have a separate self timer, so I could have done that one, too...)



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Fantastic shots! I really like the one of the red squirrel.

I have a couple rolls from my MX I still need to develop. I should get to that
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Here's a shot of my friend in flight:
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QuoteOriginally posted by pquirk Quote
Here's a shot of my friend in flight:
This one is my favorite.
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I hadn't used the KX in a while and took it on a work trip to London, then finished up the roll wandering around near home.

Of the 74 frames, there was one that could not have been done with a K1000... I used the self timer. (OK, I have a separate self timer, so I could have done that one, too...)

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Beautiful shot!
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QuoteOriginally posted by pquirk Quote
Forget for a moment that the K1000 is an overvalued classic, and imagine having owned this camera yourself for nearly 40 years. It's the weekend, and you don't want to spend it in front of your computer. So you load up a roll of Kentmere and head out into the world, K1000 in hand.

The simplicity is refreshing. The viewfinder is massive. It takes you back to your youth, to a time when the world was still new. You reach into your pocket, pull out some birdseed, stretch your hand out and set your focus, aperture, and shutter speed. Then a trusting Chickadee lands for a snack, and you made a new friend who follows you around for the day.

You get home with your treasures from the day, stand in the dark basement washroom, loading the film onto a reel in the time-honored tradition. Then when everything turns out exactly the way you envisioned it...oh, the satisfaction.

Your faith in your ability is justified, and the world is the same good place it has always been.
Which lens on was on your K1000 ?
12-02-2023, 03:08 PM   #14
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Which lens on was on your K1000 ?
The first photograph was taken using my SMC Pentax-M 1:2.8 40mm. The other two were taken using my SMC Pentax-M Zoom 1:4.5 80mm-200mm.
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One last one of my little friend, taken with the pancake 40:
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