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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. :)
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