Camera Speed Dating – Pentax KX

Those that know Meghan and I know that we have what appears to be an on going camera acquisition “problem”. Really all it is, is a desire to try all of the cameras!!!

We have started collecting many vintage cameras now over the past few years, but in an effort to not let our collection get out of hand we decided to only collect cameras that work and can actually be used.

However, not all are winners and some are just easier or more fun to use but you have to shoot with them first to find out! Thus, we decided if we run a roll through every camera we are interested in, not unlike going on a 5 minute date with a bunch of strangers at a singles night, we can quickly see which are worthy of being added to our collection. Camera speed dating!

Here is most recent camera I had the pleasure of a quick date with…The Pentax KX 35mm camera.

A few quick facts about the Pentax KX…in 1975 as Pentax moved away from the M42 screw mount lens they introduced the KX, K2 and KM as the first cameras using the new Pentax K bayonet mount cameras. It has a high shutter speed of 1/1000 and its dial goes to 6400 ISO.

I quite liked using the Pentax KX, as its predecessor, it’s very similar to the infamous Pentax K1000. This particular KX’s light meter wasn’t functioning so I used the ‘my lightmeter’ app on my iphone. It is easy to do so because the dials on this camera are very straight forward. There is a shutter speed dial and the aperture ring is on the lens, once those are both set you’re good to go! After shooting it quite a few times in succession, together the camera and I decided I’m no longer into outdated C-41 film the way I used to be. All my B&W rolls looked splendid, however all my outdated color rolls were less than impressive.

 

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