Repairing a Pentax ME film transport

I have a few Pentax ME style cameras which have problems with the film transport. One is a Pentax MG with the mirror stuck in the up position and the film advance locked. Another is a Pentax Super Program which I bought for spare parts for my ‘good’ Super Program, and the shutter speeds wouldn’t set and the film advance just winds without cocking the shutter. Finally I have an ME super which looks as if it works, but the […]

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Pentax Super Program sample pictures

It was a couple of months ago I acquired a Pentax Super Program 35mm camera and I’ve just developed my first film from it, so I thought I’d publish a follow up post describing how I found the camera to shoot with and to feature the Pentax Super Program sample pictures. First a few details about the photos. The camera was loaded with a roll of Kodak ColourPlus 200 film which I exposed at box speed with the camera used […]

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Pentax Spotmatic SPII in black

This is a short pictorial review of my black Pentax Spotmatic SPII. It’s only a short review because I’ve already covered the silver version of the camera in another article, so this is just to describe this particular camera and provide some pictures. Pentax Spotmatic SPII Images My Spotmatic SPII Camera This Spotmatic SPII was one of the cameras I received in a job lot buy of 4 cameras for a bit under £10 last week. Although I already have […]

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Pentax SV 35mm slr review

This is a short review/description of my Pentax SV 35mm single lens reflex camera which was one of a range of cameras Pentax introduced in the early 1960s, all of which had a similar style to the very successful Spotmatic range released after it. Pentax SV Images My Pentax SV Camera This was a camera which I bough for a very low price because it was sold as faulty with a jammed shutter. Since the Spotmatic models have a particular […]

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Pentax Spotmatic SPII review

This is a review of the Pentax Spotmatic SPII 35mm manual focus slr camera. Pentax Spotmatic SPII Images My Pentax Spotmatic SPII Camera I bought this camera really because I want to increase my Pentax spotmatic collection, and I found this at an almost giveaway price of £7:50. Unfortunately, for that price I didn’t get a lens with the camera but the body is in superb condition with hardly a mark on it. For the pictures above I’ve added a […]

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Pentax S1 35mm slr review

This is a review of the Pentax S1 35mm slr which was one of the last cameras Pentax made before they launched their iconic Spotmatic series. This camera also has the optional clip on exposure meter made for the S series cameras, and I’ve included that in the review. Pentax S1 Images My Pentax S1 Camera. I bought this camera for only a few pounds because the supplied lens, an Auto Takumar 55mm f/2.2 M42 unit, which would be the […]

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Pentax Super Program / Super A review

This is a review of the Pentax Super Program (also known as the Super A) 35mm manual focus camera. Pentax Super Program Images My Pentax Super Program / Super A Camera I’ve been increasing my collection of Pentax cameras quite a lot over the last few months having added a P30T, a Spotmatic SP, a Spotmatic SP II , an S1, an SV and this camera, a Super Program. The good thing about Pentax is if you keep your eyes […]

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Pentax P30t sample pictures

This week I wanted to test my colour film development process and I exposed a reel of Kodak ColorPlus 200 in my Pentax P30t to do that. I’ve already posted on the development process – this post is to cover the use of the P30t and to highlight the Pentax P30T sample pictures. Pentax P30T sample pictures. I took most of these pictures when I went to Reading in Berkshire for a day in the office on Tuesday, and it […]

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Developing colour film using the digibase C41 kit – second attempt

Last week I had my first attempt at developing a colour film using a C41 home processing kit, and it was somewhat less than successful. Although I wasn’t certain of the cause I thought it was probably because I’d inadvertently used an old film, so I decided to have another go with a brand new Kodak ColourPlus 200 film to try to make sure everything went right. I also spent the week reflecting on what could have gone wrong on […]

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Repairing a Pentax spotmatic stuck mirror

This post shows how to repair a Pentax Spotmatic stuck mirror, which is a common problem with this iconic camera from the 1960s. Although it’s not certain that this will be the cause on all occasions, it worked on the two Pentax Spotmatic models I had which showed the problem of the mirror sticking in the up position during shutter release. The pictures above are of the Spotmatic ES because it has a PCB under the bottom cover and is therefore […]

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Pentax Spotmatic ES 35mm slr review

This is a review of one of the later Pentax Spotmatic models and one of the first cameras to offer aperture priority auto exposure – the Pentax Spotmatic ES. Pentax Spotmatic ES Images My Pentax Spotmatic ES Camera I must admit to having a bit of a passion for the Spotmatic models at the moment. Ever since I found my original spotmatic model a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been on the look out for other models in the series […]

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Experiments in early morning photography

There is something magical about photographs taken in low light which makes even mundane and boring scenes look interesting. Well, living as I do in a fairly mundane and boring part of Hertfordshire I decided I’d try and liven up some pictures by taking them in the very early morning dawn light. Full size images here – navigate with arrow keys Taking Pictures at Dawn I set out at about 7:15 am when it was still quite dark, and took […]

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Pentax P30T 35mm slr camera review

This is a review of the last and, in my opinion, the best model in the P30 series that Pentax made – the Pentax P30T. Pentax P30T Images My Pentax P30T Camera I’ve had a Pentax P30 for a while now because I inherited it from my father a few years ago. The P30 is a great camera but I’ve always been a bit disappointed because it doesn’t offer Aperture Priority auto exposure, so I was interested to see in […]

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Pentax Spotmatic SP 35mm SLR

This is my review of a classic 35mm manual camera – the Pentax Spotmatic which was the forerunner to many of the best Pentax cameras.

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My top camera finds of 2015

The start of a new year always leads us to thinking about the year just past, and as a camera collector I automatically think in terms of the best cameras I’ve acquired over the last 12 months. Therefore I decided to write a post looking back at what I consider to be my top finds of last year. Bronica ETRsi I’ve wanted a medium format camera for a long time and in fact purchased a Pentacon Six which I hoped […]

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