So, when I decided to start getting into film I was excited to look around for a camera to use. Yes, I enjoy gear, so fun!
I looked online and saw everyone talking up the Pentax K-1000 as a solid camera with all the basics covered to get into film photography. Now, I had shot some film back in high school, but that was so long ago and honestly didn't remember much about it.
But, I knew that my general skills in photography, and shooting in manual would really help me with this transition.
The camera is very basic, which I found I really enjoyed. Aperture on the lens, shutter and ISO on the body and a very simple light meter. There is no kind of focus assist other than using your eyes as you focus. It was a little scary having much less things to help you get the right exposure, but it was exciting nonetheless. I will attest that the camera is solid, great ergonomics and has a nice viewfinder. I 100% recommend it for beginners. Most can be found with a 50mm lens for around $80-$100 depending on condition.
So I went on Facebook marketplace and found one in good condition, got a battery (for the light meter) and some film. Don't think I've shot with Ultramax 400 after this outing, but I'll definitely use it again for nature walks as I like the color rendering.
Please enjoy some of my first film photos. Most of these were taken at the Purgatory Chasm in Sutton, MA.
Let me tell you how nervous I was taking them to not make major mistakes and also when waiting to have them developed. When you start taking photos the frames go by quick versus digital and I was very aware of that.
Although the photos aren't groundbreaking I really enjoyed the results and the look of film.
These were all shot in late December of last year. The winter has finally ended so I'm even more excited now as I have more gear, (which I'll discuss on another blog post) and pumped to get back out there with snow on the ground.
Do you use this film as well or the Pentax K-1000?