Honeywell Pentax

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  1. Steve Mack

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    About a year ago my brother-in-law gave me a 35mm camera since he knew I still use film, and he's gone completely digital. I took the camera, with thanks, brought it home and promptly forgot I had it until yesterday, when I went to scavenge the lens for my late son's K-1000. Surprise, surprise! It's not a bayonet mount, it's a 2.0 55mm Super Takumar, 42mm Pentax screw mount! I have a whole new (old) camera to play with. Everything seems to be working just fine, I use the Sunny f/16-11-8 Rule to guestimate exposure on a sunny day, and I'm going to run a roll of Ilford SP4 + through it and see what happens.

    I don't plan to sell it; I really want to see what happens when I use it. I think it's going to be FUN! I really like these old working-order cameras, I think they're neat and many are esthetically pleasing, as well as goo working cameras for amateurs like me, who don't need to deliver the bacon but can indulge ourselves with free or inexpensive older cameras.

    BTW, I didn't know I was supposed to shoot B/W: my Muse told me so, and she's always been right so far. (My Muse is not to be confused with my Significant Other, AKA She Who Must Be Obeyed, AKA The Ultimate Mater Of All Living Things At Our House). They are two entirely separate entities.

    Cheers, and best regards to all.

    Stephen S. Mack
     
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    Mu best advicce: make sure that your Ultimate Master of All Living Things at Your House doesn't find out about your Muse. That could get ugly in a hurry.
     
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    My Muse is internal; she's not a girl-friend.

    With best regards.

    Stephen S. Mack
     
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    You have a very wise Muse, and the Spotmatic is one of the very best of the old school SLR's, you will have fun with it. Trouble is, there are so many great screw mount lenses about that this may become an addiction, be warned, as significant others often don't understand this!
    Tony
     
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    A lot of photographers have 'delivered the bacon' using that camera. Enjoy!

    -30-
     
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    For some reason I forgot to mention that the camera is a Honeywell Pentax. Model H1a. Don't how I managed to neglect that detail:confused:.

    With best regards to all.

    Stephen S. Mack
     
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    Ah -- pre-Spotmatic then with no meter. Nice. In case you are not that familiar with that model, on the rewind knob the color of the "R" will indicate whether it is the earlier (green R) or later (orange R) version. This only makes a difference in collector status (somewhat) and the ability to mount some lenses (probably more important). This chart lays it all out for you.
     
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    That's the one I have. :smile: I borrowed it from my dad when I was a kid and he still hasn't gotten it back. It's a great camera. I learned more from using it than from any other.
     
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    Hi, Bethe!

    That sounds like *my* daughter: she borrowed my Canon AE-1 and kept it for 12+ years. I got it back about 2 years ago!!:D

    With best regards.

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    Well, I've offered "mine" back to my dad, but he says he needs autofocus now (trifocals). And it's been over 20 years, too. Though mom always reminds me that it's still dad's camera.
     
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    I am still a fan of the classic screwmount Pentax gear. Other
    than a homely Kodak Signet 35 and a tidy little Petri rangefinder in the
    50s, my first good camera was a Pentax H3v. I lost that in a fire about 30
    years ago and, after a lengthy search (pre-eBay), found another in mint
    shape. I have added a couple Spotmatics and a mint H1a. I have numerous,
    new, modern autofocus whizbangs that I use for some paying jobs, but when I
    want to really feel the joy of making pictures, I carry the Pentax stuff.
    There is nothing quite like the sensory joy of using a well-made camera with
    a lens that focuses like butter. The optical results equal anything else,
    too, with those splendid Takumars.
     
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    Your on the right track! the point is to have fun and experementing with (new) old cameras are a great way to go.
    One request is that you post your pics at the end of this thread!
     
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    Most Spotmatics no longer have a meter either, nowadays. At least not a working one.
     
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    The S1a is essentially the little brother to the SV (aka H3v). It has a different focusing screen. However, there is a detent beyond 1/500 shutter speed that is actually the same as the 1/1000 shutter speed on the SV. If set there, your body will work at 1/1000.
     
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    There are a lot that work as well.
     
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    I'm 0 for 6 personally - and 4 of those looked pretty clean and worked otherwise.
     
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    I am having as much fun (out of necessity since my other camera has been packed away for our move next week) with an old Minolta SRT 101.
     
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    My Pentax died that afternoon that I was doing street photography in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. Shutter got stuck, and I'm not going to pay to have it repaired...

    With best regards to all.

    Stephen S. Mack