1970's Pentax Film Camera

June 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

So my Aunt and Uncle in Sweden sent me a package the other week that had in it an old 1970's Pentax MX camera with 4 lenses and a 2x Teleconverter. The lenses are Pentax-M 28mm F2.8, Pentax-M 50mm F1.7, Pentax-M 135mm F3.5 and a Sigma 70-210mm F4.5.  Absolutely amazing lenses. They had sent me this package in the hopes that I would take up Black and White photography, little did they know that I have been dying to do just that, but with actual Black and White film. No conversions from color!

Now to start this, the camera is completely manual, the only thing 'auto' on it is the battery! No auto focus, no auto ISO, No auto exposure, nothing to even tell you if the photo will expose correctly or not. So there is method called the "Sunny 16 rule" that can help you figure out what exposure to set your camera to. 

  • On a sunny day with ISO 400 film / setting and aperture at f/16, set shutter speed to 1/400 or 1/500.

So since I am using 400 ASA film (have to stick to similar film so i can get it developed at a 1 hour photo using the C-41 chemical system) i can use this rule to sort of get a base line on my photos. 

My first experiment was with the Ilford XP2 400 black and white film, know that none of these are cropped, edited or modified other than the watermark!

BW FlowerBW Flower




My next experiment was with some Kodak 400 ASA Color film since i have to specially order the black and white film online and i ran out! On my way back from a German Bakery out in the middle of nowhere Howey-in-the-hills Florida LOL! (which was fantastic!) My Girlfriend spotted a fire engine on the side of the road, i just HAD to get a few shots of it and see what the camera does with color and these awesome lenses, I was not disappointed! None of these photos have been cropped, edited or modified other than watermark.

Fire Engine 3Fire Engine 3

Fire Engine 4Fire Engine 4





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