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.