Category: Museum

  • Pentax KX

    1975 saw the introduction of the KX as the advanced-amateur model in the Pentax K series lineup, seen as one step up from the KM. As with all the K line, the body is essentially a bayonet mount development of the Spotmatic line, and physically very similar. Metering is of the match needle variety, and […]

  • Pentax MV1

    Surprisingly, given it’s decidedly amateur auto-only positioning, this MV1 was “rode hard and put away wet”. It’s one of the most used models in the museum, and was filthy when received. I’ve included it as an interesting reminder that even supposedly beginner friendly cameras can earn their keep through hard work. Introduced in 1980, the […]

  • Pentax MX

    Introduced in 1977, and produced until 1985, the MX represented the flagship of Pentax’s 35mm line. Unlike the ME and derivatives, it features a mechanically timed, cloth shutter. It’s smaller and lighter than the KX, which it succeeded, but other than the overall body form factor it shared little with the ME range. Only light […]

  • Yashicaflex A-II

    I believe this to be an A-II model, first introduced in 1954. The Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) had gained popularity between the wars due in large part to the German Rolleicord models, much loved by press photographers. They were relatively light and simple, compared to cumbersome plate cameras that had preceded them. This TLR represents […]

  • Pentax MG

    Pentax introduced the MG in 1981, as the successor to the MV1 and in the line of simpler, automated, bodies going back through MV and ME of 1977. The MG is aperture priority automatic, with no manual shutter speed other than the flash sync of 1/100th second. The metal focal plane shutter is electronically controlled […]

  • Weston Master II

    I have to admit it was a particularly stubborn streak in me that lead to buying and using this meter. I’d been reading lots of material by my idol Ansel Adams, and was going through a phase where I equated results with equipment – hence a Weston Meter that wasn’t even calibrated in ASA/ISO!

  • Pentacon Six TL

    Produced in Communist East Germany by a company sometimes known as Practica, this is a clunky beast of a camera.

  • Eastman Kodak Vest Pocket Model B

    These were churned out by the hundreds of thousands, especially the cheap and cheerful version I have here.

  • Pentax Spotmatic SP

    This was quite a find, body and lens serial numbers match to the original documentation from Pentax!

  • Pentax K-1000

    The camera that launched a million hobbies. If you studied photography in School from the mid ’70s onwards, you probably used a K1000.