Xmas, More Pentax’s
With my new found enthusiasm for film photography alive again, I thought I’d have a go at trying some pot luck on ebay.
I’ve always loved Pentax 70’s/80’s SLR’s and already own a ME/Super ME/Program A x2. I am getting quite good at repairing the common issues with these and my only ME Super isn’t in the best condition. Whilst the Program A’s are my favourite go to, I still enjoy taking the ME Super out and about.
If you haven’t read some earlier posts, I’ve gave up on film compacts and Canon gear, I’m sticking to SLR’s that are either manual or have basic automation.
I therefore set about having a spy on ebay for the usual faulty bodies, sticky mirrors etc. I took and chance and bought 2 separate ME Supers with 1 lens, both for under £12 labelled as faulty or untested.
When they arrived, one just needed new batteries and the previous battery gunk removed. After this it fired straight up. Sadly the other had some serious electronic problems (as alot do) and wasn’t worth repairing. One came with a lens, a junk zoom lens full of fungus, so that got binned.
When looking for these, I stumbled upon an auction labelled ‘Pentax 35mm’ with two grainy pictures. On further looking it was an MX! with a lens I couldn’t make out. At £35 I thought it was worth the risk, if not to keep maybe to sell on.
Anyway I won the auction and after arriving I was pleasantly surprised. The MX was fully working, if filthy. After a good clean all thats needed is some of the vinyl hand grip gluing back on, camera works fine as does the light sensor.
The lens was a tokina 25-50 which sounds great for a general lens until you realise its F4 🙁
Now this is fine for a summer day out and about but I prefer a prime lens on my film cameras. I’ll keep it as its fungus free and not worth anything. How much it’ll actually get used is another thing.
I would normally sell the MX on as I prefer the ME’s but with prices being average at the min (everyone wants plastic MJU’s) I’m gonna hold onto this one. Watch for future images!
Anyway onto images!
My film stocks are low at present, and all I had in the fridge was some 5 month out of date ColorPlus 200. If you haven’t used colorplus 200 before, its like the cheap end of kodaks offerings. Fine for street stuff, but I wouldn’t go using it for a wedding or portrait work. It does give a lovely yellowy tint and a 70’s look to photos with no post processing.
Anyway these are basic scans from the shop (my scanners a bit funny at present), no touch up. Images over xmas of Newcastle Christmas Fair and a trip to Beamish museum with the daughter. Quite happy how the Newcastle ones turned out, but the light was terrible at Beamish so I made do with what I had. Newcastle was took with my normal ME and the beamish ones with the new ME Super in the collection.
Being lazy, they were developed at Jessops on a Fuji c41 machine at box speed. All images were shot at 200 ISO.