I was inspired recently, after reading Chloe Sutcliffe’s blog, to take some photos of my old SLR camera. I shot with this Pentax K1000 for a couple of years before I bought a DSLR. I love this camera, but have largely neglected it since getting a Pentax K20D.
So, here’s a few endearing facts about this camera. I bought it from the school at which I used to work as they were phasing out their traditional photography program in favor of a digital program. Bad for tradition, good for me. The camera, as I’ve been researching, comes out nearly as old as me, which makes me ever so in love with it. It thrills me to know that it’s over thirty years old.
The best part is that it is entirely manual; this thrills me because if the photo that is taken is good, it is because of me. It the photo is bad, it is because of me. It made me a better photographer. In fact, if I take good photos at all, now, it is because this camera made me learn how to take, compose, conceive of better photos to take.