Review – Honeywell Pentax SP1000 Camera

Pentax SP1000 Camera ReviewEvery year or so I take a trip out of the country and I am always scrambling on which camera (or cameras) to take with me. It always seems to sneak up on me and I always second guess what I should take. Before the trip I had gone to an American Cancer Society shop and I snatched up this Honeywell Pentax SP1000. It had been siting in the corner for a few weeks just waiting for its time to come. I looked it over and it looked to be working fine, so I just packed it up with some film and off we went to Europe. Surprisingly enough it took brilliant shots. I didn’t have a flash to go with it, so most of my shots are bright outdoorsy type.

Honeywell Pentax SP1000 SLR Camera

The SP1000 was introduced in 1976 and was the budget model to replace the SP500. It was almost identical to the Pentax Spotmatic without the self-timer function.  It was sold as the Asashi Pentax SP1000 outside of the US. The camera is actually entirely mechanical, besides the light meter, and that is how I used it cause I didn’t realize that the battery compartment was seized closed when I packed it (sad face). The SP1000 has the option to change up lenses as it was manufactured with a 42mm Pentax or Praktica screw thread also known as a 42M.  While most photography teacher recommend using a Pentax K1000 for students this camera is a great alternative and was considered a workhorse in its early days.

Pentax SP1000

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Adventures in Black and White Film

Black and White

Recently I have gotten quite a bit of film developed that was taken in black and white with my Holga and Canon SLR AE-1 Program. It just so happens that black and white builds up on me because it’s more expensive to develop than regular color negative film. Both of these sets of film are from last year in 2014 and were taken in the Boston area and during my cross country trip across the United States.

The majority of these were taken on bright sunny days without the use of a flash. It’s 400 speed film which I think added to the amount of grain that some of the photos had.

These were taken during Earth Day where the Neon Trees had a free concert at the half shell near the Charles River.

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Review – Sports 35 Toy Camera

 
I love this camera and not knowing what exactly you are going to get. I hauled it around the San Francisco Bay area while friends were visiting and took it to very touristy places. It was great because I looked just like everyone else taking pictures 😉 These cameras were pretty popular in the 80’s and 90’s and can be found pretty easily on Ebay or Etsy for pretty cheap at an average of about $15.

Sports 35 Toy Camera

The camera is mainly black with different colors around the four lens in the middle of the camera.  I am not quite sure when it made, but I am guessing it was in the eighties and has continued to be made to this day. It went manufactured under many names including the Action Tracker and private branded by corporations as giveaways. It is now manufactured by Lomography and is called the Action Sampler.  The camera takes four pictures on a 24x36mm negative frame.  The shutter spins around to each frame in about 1 sec, this gives each lens about a 1/4 sec shot all with a fixed focus.

Sports 35

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Sporty and Comfy in Rome

Sporty and Comfy in Rome

 

So here is my second fashion like post. I promise to be posting soon about some great 35mm cameras next time.

This outfit was worn on another jam packed day of site seeing in Rome. I decided to dress a little more comfy and wear sneakers and a sweatshirt. I loved the monochromatic look of mostly black and grey with a pop of color found in my sneakers. My Coach crossbody was once again great as it was easy to just have it on and not really have it be in the way.

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Easy Breezy Roman Tourist

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I am in the process of overhauling my website and a part of that is adding a little bit of fashion and lifestyle to the blog. I will still be mainly focusing on analog photography and cameras, but I just wanted to add a little something else to the mix. Hope you enjoy my first attempt at a fashion post.

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Review – Canon Sure Shot Camera

Canon Sure Shot

 

This camera is soooo cute and is small enough for me to put in my purse when I am on the go. I mainly used it to shoot around the neighborhood and I took it on a trip to Lake Tahoe earlier in the year. These cameras can be found pretty easily on Ebay or Etsy, and can be found pretty cheap at an average of about $15.

Canon Sure Shot Camera

This mainly black with red accent cameras was first manufactured by Canon in November 1979. It was the world’s first Lens-Shutter 35mm autofocus camera at the time. It uses a triangulation system with a near-infrared emitting diode (IRED).  The near-infrared beam also enables focusing under low-light conditions, which made the camera a hit product during its time.The lens has a 3.8 mm focal length and a maximum aperture of f/2.8.

Canon Sure Shot

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Review – Lomochrome Purple Film by Lomography

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I know it has been awhile since I put up a post on Lomography having a new film coming out called Lomochrome Purple that changed the color hues in the photos, mainly by turning green ones into purple. I finally had the chance to take quite a few photos using the 35mm film in a number of different cameras and I love the results. I think it gives pictures both a romantic and old world vibe.

My photos started back when I was living in Boston and I had a day off with friends that were visiting from out of town. We wound up walking to Fenway Park and hanging out in the Back Bay area of town. I used my Canon AE-1 Program for these shots which gave me amazing results.

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Review – The Camera Cooler Bag by Polar Outdoor Stuff

Camera Cooler Bag

In my infinite search for the perfect camera bag for finicky Impossible Project Film and various Polaroid cameras I think that I have found the perfect one. This is The Cooler Camera Bag that is manufactured by Polar Outdoor Stuff in Portland, Oregon. It is essentially a cooler and camera bag in one and comes with a removable insert with adjustable compartments. You can take out the insert and use the bag to carry around a six pack or other beverages.

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Holiday Gift Guide for The Analog Photographer

Holiday Gift Guide for The Analog Photographer

 

I thought that this year I should put together a small collection of gifts that an analog photographer may want. They range from all sorts of the analog spectra from bags and albums all the way to film. I know I would love to find these under the tree.

 

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MAGENTA 600 MONOCHROME FILM REVIEW

Magenta Impossible Project Film

Before I moved to California and traveled a bit I managed to  purchase some new experimental film from The Impossible Project. It was a completely pink film, or as they called it a monochromatic magenta. It was very similar to their Cyanograph Film, which was completely blue. I bought 2 packs and I brought them along with me to my trip to Ireland and Spain. The film was made for 600 series cameras, but I used it with my SX-70 folding SLR camera with a Neutral Density filter. The photo above is of Slane Castle in County Meath, Ireland. Many great concerts have been performed on the grounds including U2 and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Camp Nou Impossible Project Film

The above photo was taken in Barcelona Spain in Camp Nou. It was a pretty hot and sunny day, and I was surprised that the photo came out as well as it did without it being completely washed out. You can just make out the stadium seats spelling out MES QUE UN CLUB.

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