Sunday, 19 June 2011

Pentax ME

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I have long admired the ability of photographer's who are able to use film cameras. Each shot needs to be right, there is no taking the same picture several times over on different settings, as I tend to do. You need to know your conditions and the necessary settings of the camera to ensure the photograph will turn out as you hope. It is true that the quality of the photograph is not quite up to digital standards but there is something remarkably charming about the graininess and overall vintage appeal of the photograph taken with an analogue camera.

Which led me to browse eBay where I spotted quite a few of these Pentax cameras coming to the end of their auction on the same day last week. I actually didn't mean to buy this but when I saw that it was going for a ridiculously low price, I put in a silly bid and ended up winning it.

And so, I got through my first roll of film yesterday. I'm very nervous of the results, it has been many years since I have used a film camera and even then I'm not sure I knew what I was doing. But I'm enjoying the learning process and actually it is helping me understand my dslr more. Hopefully I'll have some photographs to share with you on here very soon.

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And this seems like the perfect opportunity to wish my dad a Happy Father's Day today. My dad who, as you already know has taken very well to my photography hobby, by helping me with outfit pictures on many an occasion. So Happy Father's Day Popsy, I love every minute of our time together!

26 comments:

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

That's cool and I think you'll have so much fun with it, I still have my ancient "Praktika" which I used a lot for black&white photos a looong time ago. Have a lovely day with your dad, Love from London xo

Aliya said...

Film cameras are just so special aren't they? Hop over to my blog, you can see my vintage film cameras!

www.papermoonsandmacarons.blogspot.com

xx
Aliya

Lemlina said...

Have lots of fun with it! Tom has a Canon AE1 & it's always fun to see the end results. His grandparents have a projector & slide viewer, so last year we took photos with a roll of 'slide film' & sent the film to them - went down super well :-) xx

Sher said...

Oh, I can't wait to see the pics you're going to take with this camera! I'm sure they'll all turn out great:)

xx

Nikki said...

This camera is so cool! I still have an analogue camera too, it's from just before the digital era so It's quality is quite fine. I agree there is something about the effects of these old cams :) x

Chuck said...

I love shooting film even though I'm not that good at it. Often even the mistakes are lovely. Expensive business though.

Marinka said...

That's cool that you were able to get one. I have been looking for a pentax for years. I am sure that your pictures will turnout great :)
I can't wait to see the results

Dylana Suarez said...

This looks wonderful!

xoxo,

colormenana.blogspot.com

Gawgus things... said...

Will be really interested to see the results. I recently took 977 photos at my sister's wedding as I was so worried about messing them up! xx

Meena Dhuga said...

i bet it is really fun to try it out! wish i could learn :) xx look forward to seeing the shots

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Meena xx

Vicki said...

aw how fun!! Im trying to learn with my diana and holga cameras..have no diea what im doing but thats half the fun! :) x

Maria said...

I can't wait to see how your photos turn out!

Maria xxx

Cassidy said...

While I have probably spent a ton of money on just buying and developing film, it's so worth it. Through all my tribulations and wasted money, I love film photography. Ever since I took it up, I can't go back to digital.

nina-im-wunderland said...

what a nice post. i love your camera, it looks really special and i am sooo excited about your photos.

p.s.: very sweet text for your dad.

Shopgirl said...

My boyfriend bought me an Olympus OM1 for my birthday a couple of years ago and I absolutely love it. My dad still has his old Pentax and that is what encouraged me to try my hand at the film side of photography. I do still like the instant gratification of digital photography but there is something special about the whole process of photo-taking with a film camera. Enjoy it!! :) xx

wardrobeblock said...

I have a Pentax, It gives lovely crisp results. Good luck!

Jen said...

I find it odd that lots of people can't even remember film cameras! I was bought my own film camera for my 16th birthday and I took hundreds of photos with it. There's something so exciting about waiting for the pictures to be developed, never knowing if they'll come out right.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I haven't used a film camera in ages. Can't wait to see how your pictures came out!

Krystle & Felicity said...

I can't wait to see these pictures :) I just purchased a Canon AE-1 and also have had handed down to me a Pentax Super A. Pentax is a great brand and the ME has always had good reviews from what I've seen.

Ena said...

It's such a lovely camera and I can't wait to see the pictures you'll take with it! I want to try a film camera too!

*Ena*

kat said...

It'll be fun to see what you've taken - did you keep forgetting and glancing down at the back of the camera to look at a screen? I know i would.
Kat x

Rachel said...

I've been borrowing one of these for ages, I'll be so sad when I have to give it back!

Mat said...

me and hollie met in a photography class, one of the first things we did together was develop photographs so i can relate to how important this is. it's so much more fun than it is with reg cameras. plus you could make it into a pinhole camera with some tweaking

PinkBow said...

kat - yes! that's exactly what happened. a nit like on the rare occasion i use my point & shoot i try to look through the view finder instead of looking at the screen!

Natbeesfashion said...

I wish I had a camera like this one...
Please visit my blog and have a look :)
x

vint junky said...

He's a lovely specimen!
I STILL haven't gotten any films developed from my practika so i'm not a 100% sure he's working properly. I must be saving them up! And yes, it is abit nerve wrecking.