It’s a full frontal view of my K1000 – otherwise known as the Beast. It’s about twenty pounds and made of steel. Not really, but it is heavy and most of the parts are steel. It’s still got some old beauty and a retro feel to it that makes me love it. There’s no molded hand hold, no battery/auto rewind pack, no zoom lens. Just a prime lens (with a great aperture of f1.7) and a light meter that tells me if I have too much or too little. Beautiful.
On the left is the place where the photographer set the film speed (apparently, the last time I used this camera I was shooting a roll of ISO 200 film) and then, according to the light being allowed through the aperture, I set the shutter speed to 1/30 of a second. The smaller, round, silver thingy is the shutter release. It triggers the shutter and the shutter makes a satisfying “ka-chunk” when it is released. The thing on the right is the “film-wind lever” and it moves the film forward, and the numbers inside that show how many exposures I’ve taken.
This is the way people used to take photos. This is the way some people still take photos, although I would guess that many people will not recognize this in any way. Oh well, it’s retro.