9.24.2012

The Pentax Spotmatic

It's great to be excited about photography, again. This time I went in the opposite direction. Instead of Hi-Fi, I went Lo-Fi. I found this little gem in an estate sale in Florida right before the big move. It was a steal at $25. I grabbed it just as the seller was packing up the leftover items from the sale. The seller told me it had belonged to her father and she had used it very little. It came with the original case, leash, a 50m/1.4 and a Super Takumar zoom 2.5/135mm. Honestly, I thought at the price even if it didn't work it would be nice to display on a bookshelf.

I'm glad to say that it works just fine. The pentax and I made a visit to a local camera shop where the clerks inspected it and assured me it was in good working condition. They did tell me that the meter gage might not work but the mechanism was fine. The film reader works. I'm already five exposures into my film adventure. The Asahi Pentax Spotmatic was apparently built to last. It is all metal and the class is free of scratches. The hunt for a battery continues, though. I like to see if the meter does function. Who knows, I might get lucky?

In the meantime, I'm researching types of film and going through countless flickr pools and blogs that use this camera with a combination of different looks.  I can't wait to show you what this little guy can create. My fingers are crossed that the skill for film photography has not been lost even after using digital for several years...fingers-crossed.

9 comments:

  1. i learned basic photography on something similar...way back in the yearbook days...lol...have fun with it...

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  2. aqui estaremos esperando las fotos que tomes con ella :)

    Abuela Katty

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  3. Oooh I've used this lens before and it's phenomenal and so sturdy. What a great find!! Can't wait to see your photos!

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    1. Neither can I...that's what I love best of film...the anticipation and delayed gratification.

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  4. Your not going to regret it. And with two lenses!! For 25 DOLLARS? Lucky girl.

    This is the best camera I've ever used!

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  5. By the way! I used the camera with the ProFoto XL and I really liked the result.

    Oh. It's such an excellent camera. I hope a camera expert in Bergen will make mine work again...

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  6. Fantastic. Can't wait to see what you create.

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Thank you.