My collection of Pentax Super Takumars and SMC Takumars – I wouldn’t part with a single one of them, and as accurately as I can calculate it the total investment is $103.00 spread out over a few years.
The majority coming from thrift stores and flea markets, sometimes attached to a camera that I would tune and pass on or barter for something else.
The Pentax Spotmatic is one I hung on to, it’s in great condition and something of a basic mechanical marvel, the first of it’s kind to come with TTL, or through the lens metering.
It originally came with a Mercury battery, they have since been banned but there are a few batteries for watches like the Bulova Accutron that will work, or the Weincell (MRB400 Z400PX PX 400 EPX400 RM400 Zinc Air Battery) that will match up perfectly and can be found on the net for around five or six dollars.
The thing I like about these old film cameras is they keep you honest, there’s no monitor to preview a photo you’ve taken, no deleting if you don’t like it, when you activate the shutter it’s your’s, and if you don’t think a photo through before snapping the shutter there’s no going back – but that lends itself to learning what you’re about and once having done that, confidence – an important part of any endeavor.
This photo was taken with a Yashica Yashinon DX f2.0 on a Canon dslr with an adapter that allows mounting.
I’ve been pretty lucky when it comes to lenses, they often turn up in the most unexpected places.
As can be seen these taks aren’t cosmetically perfect, but then the tools I use for work aren’t either, yet they both get the job done as I take care of what I own , and they are mechanically and optically all a ten.
I admit a bias when it comes to old lenses and cameras, just recently I read that a 35mm negative is the equivalent of a 25 mega pixel photo. I don’t know if that’s true or not but either way it’s nice to have something in your hands that is well made and feels solid.
I know someone who has a Pentax K50 dslr, nice camera, and when it becomes “vintage” I may wind up with one.
He says you can run the ISO setting up past 50,000 – that’s huge, but if accompanied by an abundance of “noise” what’s the purpose?
Some people will focus singularly on film while others will focus on digital, for me it’s all part and parcel of the same pursuit.
For those who believe it’s an entirely digital world they might want to follow the link and consider Rockwell’s viewpoint.