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Pentax K1000 – Week 79 results (finally!)

The K1000 is a good camera, but I’ve failed to bond with it. Everything is manual and straightforward, and I can see why it has a reputation as a student camera. I just didn’t find it interesting to use.

As mentioned back in August, I carried the K1000 on vacation. I’ve finally sent the film to the lab, and I do love the results.



No Trespassing


Good Morning

Return of the Howe

Week 79 – Pentax K1000 and slowing down


Introduced in 1978, the Pentax K1000 is a manual focus, manual exposure SLR. It has through the lens metering with a match needle. In the course of its 20 year production run the K1000 earned a reputation as a photography student’s camera.

I have two examples. One came from a yard sale for $10; the original owner stated she bought it for a class but never used it again. The other was an $8 thriftscore which came with a partially exposed roll of film. Both have 50mm prime lenses.

The K1000 has one pesky quirk. The meter cannot be turned off. If it is stored without a lens cap the battery will die. Fortunately the shutter is mechanically actuated.

I took mine on vacation last week. I just need to find the time to develop the results.


The 52 Cameras project will begin to slow after this. I have two competing forces fighting against it. I have reached a point where I find myself wishing to go back and work with my favorite cameras instead of moving forward.

I have also reached the realization that we have too much stuff. Everything is on the chopping block including my cameras. Over the coming weeks and months I will be trimming and thinning the collection to a manageable size. As much as I enjoy them, I no longer want to devote a whole room to them.

Rest assured I will continue shooting, and I may rotate guest cameras through the collection. Watch this space.

K1000 at Camera Wiki

Olympus OM-PC – week 73 results

After its mirror repair, I enjoyed using the OM-PC. It performed as expected once I read the manual.

Initially the difference between the Program and Aperture Priority modes was not readily apparent. Setting the aperture to its smallest (highest number) allows the circuitry to automatically select both aperture and speed when in Program mode. There are no marks or locks on the lens to indicate this, unlike the Nikons with which I am more familiar.

When placed in manual mode the camera does not meter at all but will indicate the selected aperture in the viewfinder. Aperture is also indicated in the automatic modes, so they could be used to provide a metering baseline if you wished to do something unique in manual.

I found the included zoom lens a bit odd. It uses a push-pull motion, but pushing causes the lens to widen. This just feels backwards to my brain.

I shot through my roll of Hawkeye very quickly while on an impromptu trip to Mount Washington.  Alas, I seem to have had a dust issue in the developing process. It also had some interesting color shifts in development. I didn’t notice them initially as I’ve been working with Lomochrome Purple recently. I need to work on the process.

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Week 73 – Olympus OM-PC


Produced between 1985 and 1987, the OM-PC was the last consumer level model in Olympus’ OM line. It features program, aperture priority, and manual modes.

Aperture is selected by a standard ring on the lens. Shutter speed is adjusted using a ring on the camera body behind the lens in similar fashion to the rest of the OM cameras.

My example was an eBay bargain. It sports a 35-70 zoom lens. When it arrived the mirror was loose, but a quick dab of superglue fixed it. I’ve loaded a test roll of Kodak Hawkeye traffic surveillance film.

Camera Wiki

Minolta X-7A – week 69 results

Many cameras leave an impression with me. I either want to use them again immediately or I really dislike them. The X-7A was neither. It feels like a perfectly adequate SLR with a few slightly odd controls. It didn’t annoy me, but I didn’t love it either. The on/off switch is odd, and I often found I’d left it in the wrong position. I liked the fact that the meter works in manual mode, unlike my XG-series cameras.

Results were mixed. It seems to have a slow shutter.  Half of my images came out like this:

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This week’s film was Lomochrome Purple, which I developed at home with a Unicolor kit.  It’s supposed to have interesting color shifts, and it did not disappoint. At slower shutter speeds, the images were fun.

The Burgermobile
The Burgermobile
Beth & Cricket
Beth & Cricket

Back on the shelf with it. It will probably end up on the Repair or Sell pile. I’m very happy with the Lomochrome however.

Week 69 – Minolta X-7A

The Minolta X-7A has been hard for me to pin down. It’s a consumer level manual focus SLR from sometime in the 1980s. It appears to be an alternate version of the X-370, which in turn was a down rated version of the X-570. It features aperture priority automation as well as a full manual mode. Unlike most of its XG-series cousins the meter functions in manual mode, indicating both selected and metered speeds in the viewfinder.

Its most unique feature is the controls. The on/off switch is a large slider to the left of the viewfinder, and the shutter speeds are shown in a window to the right.

I don’t remember where I got mine, but it was probably eBay. I’ve already run a short roll of FP4 this week and have a roll of Lomochrome Purple loaded now.


Nikon N65 – week 61 results

The N65 performed as expected on vacation. I primarily used the Automatic and Night Scene modes. Night Scene uses the flash to illuminate the foreground subject, while a slow shutter speed captures the darker background, like this:

These next two were taken within minutes of each other and demonstrate how the light meter can be fooled. Oh well.


Sunrise on the beach:

Overall I always enjoy the N65. It's my go-to modern SLR.

Week 61 – Nikon N65

George is more interested in the Gulf of Mexico than the N65

Introduced in 2001, the N65 was among the last of Nikon’s consumer-level film SLR’s.  It’s plastic body sports full automatic modes, built in flash, manual overrides, and autofocus capability.  In short, it does everything you might expect from a modern SLR.

The N65 is one of my guilt cameras. Mrs. Mack505 gave one to me in 2002, and I used it faithfully until replacing it with a D70 digital. I decided I didn’t need it anymore and got rid of it. When I resumed shooting and collecting film cameras, I knew I needed another N65. This one was an inexpensive eBay acquisition and features the Quartz Date back which I never use.

This week we went to Sarasota for vacation. The camera of the week needed to have a flash, the flexibility of automatic and manual modes, and above all it needed to be reliable. The choice was between the N65 and my Canon Rebel G. The N65 with 28-80 zoom won on the simple grounds of familiarity. As a habitual Nikon user, I find I need to think to get the most from the Canon. Nikon simply comes naturally to me.

I shot both Portra 400 and Fujicolor 200; both have already been dispatched to the lab.


Camera Wiki has a good article on the N65, which was also known as the F65 overseas.

Here’s the manual.

Ebay has a bunch of them, most at good prices. If you already have Nikon glass, this is a good versatile body to own.

Nikon FG – Week 57 results

I like the FG. I’m not sure why they aren’t more popular. It has full manual settings, yet the addition of aperture priority and program automatic modes make it easy to shoot in almost any conditions.

I defeated the handy size of the FG’s body by fitting one of my large zoom lenses and taking it on a bird watching adventure.  This snowy owl and two of his friends have been residing at our local state beach all winter.

It performed nicely, although I prefer the images of birdwatchers to those I caught of the owl.

Beth and I finished the roll with a 28mm lens at our local ice cream shop. The calendar may say it’s spring, but it’s still hat weather.

Bronica update

I haven’t forgotten to post results, I’ve just had a few setbacks.

I loved shooting the Bronica S2. The waist-level finder is big and bright, making focus easy. The aperture ring is large and easy to adjust. The sound of the shutter and mirror is fabulous.

There was a slight issue with a sticky aperture. It stops down for the exposure but doesn’t always reopen for focusing. A simple jiggle of the ring causes it to release with a click.

I shot my first roll of Portra before the initial post, and it was fabulous.

My second roll was HP5 which I developed at home in Caffenol.  I made a mistake, however, and lost the images.

Roll #3 is still in the camera, loaded into the second film back. It doesn’t seem to be advancing correctly, so I’m not sure what it will produce. I’ll be sure to post the results when I get them.


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