by, 08-30-2008 at 02:03 PM (5293 Views)
I am into collecting 70's SLR Cameras. I started off with the Spotmatic 2, but found changing the M42's a bit of a drag, when I doing my Landscapes. Although the Camera did have those superlative Multi Coated Takamur Lens, especially their standard 55mm lens, I decided to go for compact, and the OM1 was perfect, for my Landscapes and seemed to be packed with everything ie D.O. F, MLU etc, although in due course I hankered to be a Nikon owner, having become fascinated with their brand history. I purchased the Nikkormat FT2. I must have gone full circle, as the Pre AI lens, are at times a bit fiddly attaching, not unlike the M42 lens, but with a secondary light meter, that can be viewed at waist level, the possibilities for Street Photography are abundant, as well as Tripod work now. Also, by now I was used to the shutter , being located in the throat of the Lens Mount (like the OM1). This specific type of design seems more secure and handy to control, compared to the old fashioned shutter dial, i.e Spotmatic. I suppose the moral of the story is there is a bit of Gold in every different make of SLR, despite these three Cameras appearing to be under -going technical evolution i.e, 1971, 1973, 1975
Maybe one day Pentax's KX Mechanical Flagship, with their ingenious dual metering needles, which the subsequent MX attempted to better with their LED Traffic Lights ! The KX also had my favoutite 55mm Lens. Heavy and reassuring, like all things past !