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Posted on 08/14/2011 10:59:56 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER
On my last trip to the thrift shop there was a mysterious Nauguhyde bag in the show case. Y'all know me, LOL, I just had to look!
The Pentax ME Super was made around 1980, it's a compact by SLR standards but built like a brick. This is the SE version, top ot the crop.
I got a 50mm f2 Pentax lens and an 80-200 f4,5, all in mint condition, a 2X TC and a bunch of filters, plus a really nice bag.
These are with the 80-200 f4.5.
I had the film run at Walgreens and scanned the negatives on my Epson 3590.
And please add me to your ping list. :)
Nice lens. That is some pretty fast glass. I scored an old Minolta with an f1.2 50mm at a flea market for $5. Not sure if it works, I don’t by film any more.
Good score SS.
Pentax made some great stuff back in the day. If I recall, those older ones were able to operate even without a battery. That one looks great for a thrift shop find. I bet you got it for cheap.
Or something like that... ;) Great pix. PT would be proud to use them.
I enjoy the engineering and craftsmanship of the old cameras too, not much plastic involved.
I had a pentax zx-m i think it was.
I took everything with two lenses, one 24mm and one 50mm.
They were so small i could put the unused one in my pocket.
What great pics it took.
Film. How quaint.
Thanks. There’s something comforting about the “heft” of a solid film camera. Friday, at the local Goodwill store - I secured a Konica Autoreflex A with a 52mm 1.8 Hexanon, dual thyristor flash, and a very retro 70’s leather case - for $20.00.
Two weeks prior to that at the local flea market, I bought a Vivitar 3800n on the half-shell, with a Vivitar 50mm 1.7 - takes the P/K mount. Ten bucks. Finished that roll yesterday. Not crazy about it - it’s all plastic - but if it shoots well, I’ll probably keep it.
I gotta stop buying gear and start shooting more film.
The 200mm isn't really enough for most birding but I didn't feel like lugging the Sony yesterday, I just wanted to test the old Pentax. The metering is right on the money.
Oh, I hear ya there bro. An old Pentax is a beautiful machine.
I need to put a roll through that old Minolta, just to see what happens. Back in the day I had a darkroom. Rolled my own from bulk, developed it, printed contact sheets, and spent days making prints. That day is all gone now, everything is digital. What took me days can be done in a couple of hours now.
I miss those days. Good times. Tri-X, Plus-X, TMX/TMY/TMZ. I used to know a thing or two about chemical photography, and I still have my enlarger and all my lab, but I think I’ll donate it to the local community college.
Keep the faith Swampy, you are a dinosaur ;)
I read a lot but messing with cameras gives me a little exercise to keep my brain working.
Funny thing, I've got friends who just mill around aimlessly when they aren't watching TV or asleep and they think I'm nuts for spending a few bucks on "junk"!
I love thrift shops...:O)
I scanned these at 3200DPI. That gives a TIFF file of about 32MB, much more than I need but I'm not in a hurry.
My favorite is run by a local charity so the money I spend goes to good use.
It’s not junk if it still does what it was designed to do. :)
A quick hi-tech/low tech story....About this time last year - I shot a wedding (as an attendee, not a paid gig) in a church with less than stellar lighting, and the priest asked that no flash photography take place inside. I shot 2 rolls of 800 speed inside with an old Fujica SLR with a 1.4 lens - no flash needed. Another attendee remarked that I was wasting my time because none of the pictures would turn out and was grumbling about the no-flash prohibition.
I tried to explain that the fast film, and speed of the lens, I didn’t need a flash. He refused to believe me. The bride and groom however were pleased at the shots I got from inside. :)
Found it at the thrift shop too, LOL.
I've got a couple of manual focus f1.7 50s for my old Minolta bodies. There is so much old Minolta glass around that the prices are low. I've got old Minolta MC and MD lenses all over the place.
I take it you have a Sony Alpha? I’ve been looking at used ones - I don’t think I need more than 10mp or so - I rarely do enlargements bigger than 20” x 30”. Plus, I already have many Minolta AF lenses that would bolt right on. :)
How do you like your Sony?
I’ve got an A200 and love it. One great thing is that I can use all the old Minolta Maxxum lenses, I’ve got some great lenses for it.
What a find! Great pictures, too!
Great find. I should have some pictures to share around somewhere as well. I’ve quite a few concerts lately.
Great find... With an autowinder to boot if I’m not mistaken! Please add me to your list, ‘Sniper. I always appreciate your sharp eye - in the thrift store as well as in the field.
The little Pentax winder is a thing of beauty in itself, very well made. Me Supers are common, this SE (special edition) seems scarce. The difference is only in the focus screen, the super uses a horizontally split spot but in the SE it's diagonal
I set out to just collect a few old Minoltas but that idea is out the window, LOL
You have two gifts: taking beautiful pictures and finding great cameras at thrift stores!! Your pictures always seem so clear! Great job!!
Thanks for the ping SS. Great find. I remember those type of cameras at the Px in S. Korea circa 1966-68. Everybody wanted them it seemed, but most bought stereo equipment on their tours of duty at the time. I did the stereo route as well, and I remember buying a Winchester 30-30, and sending it home too, but not the camera.
I recall there was a camera with a windup advance. It was a point, and shoot sort of affair I think by Kodak. Did an OK job, so I used that until the windup spring sprung, and flew off in multiple pieces. It was cheaper LOL.
Finding a non Mercury Battery was a problem for a 'few' years, but no longer. It's up and in working order again.
(1) Plus with the M42 Universal Mount, 'off brand', but good lenses like Vivatar where affordable for a young whippersnapper :-)
I have a Canon Elan IIE SLR film camera that I was thinking of Ebay-ing. Got replaced with a digital this year and the old EOS lens works great on both the film and the digital versions.
But maybe I’ll keep the film SLR. It did take great pictures and I had a nifty AA battery pack attachment which gave it good heft and a very comfortable hand hold, especially when taking vertical views.
It was hard to take a bad picture with that rig. Haven’t tested the new one enough to compare it with the old.
I have the Pentax K1000. Basic. But Solid! :-)
Please put me on your ping list!
I’ve got a K1000 too, same thrift shop, the place is a goldmine for addicts like me!
The battery served only two functions; Operate the Metering System and for the sync to the Hot Shoe for your electronic flash. But if your battery went dead all you needed was a small, inexpensive, hand held light meter and you were good to go on Manual.
I have a small Meter - 'somewhere' - that could slip into the Hot Shoe. It's about the size of a Zippo Lighter. It's a Vivitar (iirc) and I paid about $20.00 for it 'way back when' and not being able to find it now is driving me nuts. I have a whole bag of 'stuff' that went 'missing'. A mini tripod's in there, various 'speed lights' I bought, shutter release cables, lens filters, and that light meter.
(1) I'm 99.95% sure the wife put that 'extra' Gadget Bag in the Crawl Space and that's like entering a Black Hole. For my stuff anyway, her stuff she can always find. Not that I'm complaining :-)
I had a Pentex with the screw mount and my daughter dropped it in the surf across from Eureka. I still have the K2 replacement with several lenses and filters but never use it. My hobby is collecting old photo post cards of places in Humboldt County Ca...
I am a music producer...and once in a Thrift Shop I got an Audio Technica Studio Condenser Microphone, AND the necessary pre- amp. For $6.00! Then I asked for my “Senior Citizen” Discount and it became $4.50!
When my buddy saw it and found out how much I paid for it, he split his sides laughing. The 10 year old sales slip was still in the box, and ten years ago it retailed for over $300.00!
I LOVE that place!
I laughed at that story. There is a whole generation of people now who have no idea what you can do with a real film camera and the far better quality of pictures.
THank you so very much!!
I just don't want to.
spending a few bucks on junk
Ah- but wonderful junk. Not all junk is junk.
Not to mention getting outdoors enjoying the beauty that is there. I for one thoroughly enjoy your pictures.