I recently added a Pentax K1000 to my arsenal – along with a Pentax-M 50mm F/1.4 – and while it may not be a flashy pickup, I am still incredibly excited about it.
I have shot with film before; but in the past I had always shied away from 35mm film because it was pretty much the same look I was getting out of my digital camera. I wanted to shoot film to achieve a different look, a different feel – so I generally stuck to 120 film and medium format cameras like the Bronica SQ-Ai and Hasselblad 503C.
Well built, beautiful, simple to use, and it was the standard in classrooms all over the world.
But when I got hit by the ‘film bug’ recently I didn’t have the money to pick up even a cheaper Bronica kit (having sold my MF gear a while back), which led me to look into my 35mm options. I like to use manual focus lenses on my Fujifilm X-Pro 2, so I had a few Olympus OM lenses already. Unfortunately, the camera I would have wanted, the OM-1, was also a little out of my price range currently. So I went with a classic kit that I could afford (Shout out to Chris Gampat’s posts on The Phoblographer for some direction/inspiration), a Pentax K1000 with a 50mm lens. Simple, yet effective.
I managed to find one on pristine condition for under $40, and although the listing said the meter was working (and it’s not) I don’t mind. It still works without the meter, and it not having a meter has forced me to relearn and become more familiar with the Sunny 16 and other old film day exposure rules – which in the long run will help me be a better digital photographer as well.
Pentax K1000, Film, and Other News
I dropped off my first roll of film, some Kodak Ektar 100, over at Blue Moon Camera in St. Johns earlier this week, and I should have it back Monday or Tuesday. I also picked up some film variety to see where my taste lies; grabbed some Portra 400, Pro400H, and Acros 100 in addition to the Ektar 100.
I have a boudoir shoot tomorrow and I look forward to taking the K1000 along and grabbing some shots in the studio as well. I am not a patient person either, so the idea of waiting a week or more for images is borderline excruciating to me, but it’s a good lesson and along with better learning to judge exposure by light, will make me better in the end.
So, expect to see some more film posts around here as I start getting scans back in. I am honestly way more excited about this than I probably should be. (But hey, we only live once!) On another, unrelated note, new site layout and design went up today. Let me know what you think! I am really happy with it and am hoping to make sure of some of the new features. The only part still under true construction is the portfolio, which I will be updating and filling out as I have time in the near future.