Monday, January 26, 2009

Asahi Pentax K1000, Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic, and other Pentax mount SLRs

I came across a Pentax K1000 camera at a thrift store near my college house, and thought it was the spitting image of the classic SLR with simple yet elegant lines. I shot a roll with it and I didn't care for it because it had a lot less features than my Miranda Sensorex (I couldn't get over the missing aperture preview!) and it took a lot more straight forward and boring pictures. It had the slight warmth of film but without the intensity of the Miranda's color. The Pentax K bayonet mount, however, has some impressive offerings and can be used on 60s SLRs as well as new Pentax dSLRs! I really love the SMC Pentax f/1.4. It is crystal clear, very fast, and has wonderful bright colors! Some of the best photos on here were taken with that lens. The Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic has the 42mm "M42" thread mount is also very common and has many of the same lenses available. The M42 lenses also are used on the manual Sears and Mamiya/Sekor cameras, like the cool Mamiya/Sekor 1000DTL which was the first camera to have spot and average metering which was impressive for the time. Unfortunately, the meters are often broken in these now. An extra cool lens for the m42 mount is the Sears 50mm f/1.4 which competes very favorably to the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 which is 4x the price (but still pretty cheap at about $80+ used).

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