Pentax MZ-30 sample images

I bought a Pentax MZ-30 a while ago to build up my vintage camera collection and to try to obtain a copy of each of the MZ series. Although I’ve subsequently found the series to be quite unreliable and not really suitable for regular use, I did put a roll of Agfa Vista Plus 200 through my copy so I’ve created this post to show the Pentax MZ-30 sample images. These pictures were mostly taken with the Pentax FA 35-80 […]

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Pentax SF10 35mm Autofocus SLR

This Pentax SLR comes from the SF range of cameras which Pentax introduced before the Z and MZ range, and were the first set of autofocus SLR cameras the company made. This model, the Pentax SF10 was also known as the SF7 and is similar in styling to the SFXn camera which I own, but is a rather simpler and more basic model than that. It was manufactured in about 1988. Pentax SF10 Images My Pentax SF10 Camera I purchased […]

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Pentax MZ-30 35mm autofocus slr

The MZ series of autofocus SLR were the last series of 35mm film cameras which Pentax produced and the Pentax MZ-30 was one of the last cameras in that series with manufacturing starting in about 2000. It’s a quite basic but still well featured camera, which has many of the attributes of that line – light weight, small, easy to use and with great metering and autofocus performance for the day. Pentax MZ-30 Images I have several of this series […]

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Pentax MG 35mm SLR

This post describes another Pentax addition to my Vintage Camera Collection – the Pentax MG. Pentax MG Images The MG was an entry level 35mm slr introduced in 1981 and available to purchase until about 1984. It was made in the time period after the introduction of the Olympus OM series and was part of the line up which Pentax introduced in answer to that series of Olympus cameras which made the trend in small slr’s so popular. I also […]

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Pentax-M SMC 80-200 f/4.5 zoom on Sony Nex 6

This is a review of the Pentax-M SMC 80-200mm f/4.5 zoom lens in K mount when used on a Sony Nex 6 mirrorless camera. Images of the Pentax-M SMC 80-200mm This is one of those lenses which I acquired as part of a camera buy on eBay. The camera (a Pentax MZ-7) unfortunately stopped working the same day as I received it but this lens came with it and although it obviously wasn’t originally paired with that camera, since I […]

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Pentax ME Super and SMC 50mm f/2.0

I picked up this Pentax ME Super for a very reasonable £15 from ebay uk because the seller thought it may be broken. He sold it as ‘spares or repair’ because the ‘plate behind the film has lines on’. I took this to mean the shutter and I took a gamble that it was probably ok because I know my Pentax P30 has similar ‘lines’ on – the shutter is not a cloth which rolls up, but a metal shutter  […]

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Pentax S1a 35mm slr camera

I’ve broken the rule I set a couple of months ago when I decided to concentrate on only Miranda and Topcon cameras for my collection because I saw another 35mm camera on eBay which I’ve always wanted to own and I managed to get it very cheaply. In reality it is a bit battered and worse for wear, but I’m still pleased I got it – it is the subject of this post, a Pentax S1a. Pentax S1a Images My […]

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Pentax spotmatic SP1000

This is a post about the latest addition to my vintage camera collection – a Pentax Spotmatic SP1000. Pentax Spotmatic SP1000 Images My Pentax Spotmatic SP1000 This is a camera which I’ve wanted to own since I was a 12 year old boy and first realised what an iconic SLR the spotmatic was. Although I’ve seen them on ebay uk regularly over the last few years they have either been body only or a complete kit but with a ridiculous […]

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Takumar 55mm f/1.8 macros

This is a short post showing the macro performance of a Takumar 55mm f/1.8 m42 lens when a 16mm extension tube is mounted behind the m42 to nex adapter. With this combination I was able to focus down to about 4 inches away from the objects shown in the pictures which I found around the house and garden. The majority of these shots were taken at F/1.8 to emphasise the shallow depth of field and I carried out my normal […]

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On holiday with the Takumars

Ok – the title of this sounds like a BBC television comedy but in fact it’s a description of the kit I am taking with me on a family holiday in a couple of weeks time. This will be the first occasion when I use the Nex 6 in the primary role I purchased if for – namely as a light, portable camera on family holidays or trips out. When I bought it however I didn’t realise what a catalyst […]

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Takumar 28mm f/3.5 wide angle M42 mount lens

This is a post about a classic lens which I bought this week for use on my Pentax and Sony cameras – the Takumar 28mm f/3.5 wide angle M42 mount. Takumar 28mm f/3.5 Images As I hinted in my last post I bought this lens on eBay last Sunday evening for £34 plus £4 postage. I was amazed that I won the auction for only £34 because I’ve seen these lenses on ebay ‘buy it now’ offers for up to £70. […]

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Riverside conversation

This is a picture I took almost a year ago in Cambridge UK. It was on a hot summer day in July near the river Cam, and I took this with my Pentax K-5 and Sigma 18-125 HSM zoom. I had not looked at it since I imported the picture into Lightroom from the card, but tonight I was playing around and tried this picture in black & white. After a crop and a bit of level adjustment I think […]

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A bit of night photography

My family have all been inspired by the recent ‘Star gazing Live’ program on TV to go out on a relatively clear night and try to look at the stars. Obviously I took a camera with me and tried to take some photographs of the constellations we could see. All in all they came out OK but it’s very difficult when you live in a town with street lighting to get anywhere dark enough to get a properly black night […]

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Or should I move to mirrorless ?

A few months ago I wrote a post about moving to Nikon from my current Pentax system. I have been contemplating that move because I was looking for some Pentax K mount extension tubes and found that it almost impossible to find any. This sounds like a fairly minor reason to move camera manufacturers and abandon years worth of lens acquisition etc, but that was really a trigger to make me think about the whole system I am buying into […]

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Experiments in Photoshop 1 – Tilt shift filter.

As I mentioned in my last post I have recently subscribed to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photographers membership which gives me access to the full Photoshop CC program – something I could never have justified as a standalone purchase. I have been experimenting with the various features and thought I would start a series of posts showing some of the results. The first effect I have been experimenting with is the tilt-shift filter. A tilt-shift lens is one where the […]

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