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Old school fun

Pentax K1000In addition to our Canon Rebel XTi, hepatitis we’ve got an old school Pentax K1000 35mm SLR camera. This is THE classic student film camera: a basic, viagra sale fully manual 35mm SLR with basic controls that does what you tell it to; nothing more and nothing less. It was manufactured basically unchanged from 1975 through 1997– over twenty years! Production changes over the years amounted to substituting metal parts for plastic and moving manufacturing from Japan to Hong Kong; to elsewhere in China. Our copy is an earlier one. It’s difficult to pinpoint an exact year, obesity but it was made before 1980.

Spring GardensI don’t know much about it because it wasn’t really a hand-me-down. My father found it abandoned in a park, missing its lens cover. He turned it in to the local police’s Lost and Found, so that whoever lost it could possibly get it back. After a year had passed, it hadn’t been claimed, so it became his.

To see if it worked, we ran a roll of cheap Walgreens film through it. Some of the shots didn’t come out, apparently from flaky film advance. The shots that weren’t messed up looked fine, though. He gave it to me to mess with, and I ran a second roll of film, to see if the problem happened again. That run was just fine, so now I trust it.

Spring Gardens EntranceThat was a year ago. ๐Ÿ™‚

On March 1, I ran a third roll of film through it. This time, I felt like trying some Black and White photography for the first time in probably twenty years. Having read up a bit on lens filters, including filters used for B&W effects, I also bought a Yellow #K2 filter.

The idea of the filter is to use it in outdoor photos that include blue sky. Apparently, black and white film is most readily affected by blue, so if you put a warm filter on the lens, it will help add contrast to photos taken oudoors, particularly clouds in a blue sky. Yellow is the most subtle effect, and red makes a blue sky appear almost black. 49mm diameter color filters are cheap, so it’s not exactly a bank-breaking experiment.

Fence of St. Andrewโ€™s Church on 19th and Wallace StreetsI bought Kodak T-Max 400 Black and White film. My original intention was to take some night time/low light photos to get some interesting lighting and that nice film grain, but that never happened. Still, I got some interesting grain in my daytime shots, so I guess it worked out.

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I’ll be following what folks like Albert Yee and Kevin Brown do with their film choices and subjects. Just like Albert, I also hand recorded the EXIF data for each shot I took so I can review what I did later.

Houses in 1900 block of Monterey StreetI’ve also decided to finally pony up and buy a “pro” account on Flickr, so I can share whatever I come up with, and get feedback on it. I bet people will be surprised to see me posting photos for the first time in years in the future!


  • boombadeus

    Not too surprising that you didn’t have me as a contact, since I wasn’t doing anything with it at all!

    I forgot to mention in the post. Out of this first group of four, I like the first one best; the iron church fence second.

    The other two largely demonstrate that the shutter and aperture settings function correctly on the camera. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Tony

    Awesome. My wife has two of those puppies. I think I like the Logan Square lady shots the best at first glance, but things can change. It will be interesting to come back to this roll in a year when you’ve forgotten what you visualized vs. what you got, what filter you were using, etc. I find it can take a long time for the real keepers to emerge.

  • boombadeus

    Interesting comment about how my perception will likely change in a year, especially once I forget the details of the experience of taking them. I suspect you’re right about that.

    As of now, I’ve put up less than half the roll on Flickr. I like a couple so far (fountain statues, Moravian St door, and Comcast Tower) but my favorites from the set are definitely still to come. (Along with some more clunkers. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    So, keep watching! And thanks, guys, for your feedback.

  • steve

    My K-1000 died in the Nevada desert almost 2 years ago. It’s just a broken piece that can be fixed, but I haven’t had the need to resurrect it just yet.