My Pentax K1000 is probably one of my favourite cameras to use. I find it a good, sturdy SLR. What is even better about this bad boy however is that is was totally free and second hand when I got it!
When I started at Leeds College of Art to mainly learn about developing film and making prints, I didn’t have a lot of cameras. There was a box at college which intrigued me, however, as it seemed to be a place where cameras retired to. There were loads of bits of cameras and flashes in there, and one day, I asked my tutor what they were for. “Spares and repairs,” he replied, before explaining that if I needed any bits to fix cameras I could essentially help myself as they were all donations. I got digging in this box and saw a beautiful SLR that I knew nothing about. It’s called the Pentax K1000.
Although the wind on seemed to be a bit stiff, I took the camera home, gave it a little TLC and started shooting with it right away. It quickly became my standard go-to camera when I wanted to guarantee good quality photos. I found it so user-friendly and easy to get good results with that it was almost the only camera I used for ages (apart from another SLR). Sadly, this camera has now broken again and I have so far been unable to mend it but I am always on the lookout at car boot sales and in vintage stores for a replacement for this little beauty. I literally cannot wait to get my hands on one that I can start using again.
When I held the Lomo LC-A 120 in my hands for the first time, I immediately noticed its good feel and beautiful design. The LC-A 120 obviously, is truly, related to the queen of all Lomo cameras, the LC-A.
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Today’s featured member, Herbert, gives the impression that he is interested in people as much as he loves cameras—and he has many vintage treasures. Even a casual snapshot of his has a story that suggests curiosity about the people he photographs.
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He will respectfully ask for a photo session. He does not outline why, and if you are shy, you will wonder what he has seen in you. He greets reluctance with understanding and a resounding yes with an equal amount of enthusiasm. When the day comes, he will treat you like a collaborator. And whenever he talks about the outcome—comely photos of what looks like your most confident self—he will always call you a muse.
Yamato, a 25-year-old photographer based in Japan, is an active Instagram user with over 4,000 followers from all over the world. He also takes highly stylized photographs with the Petzval 85 Lens, giving his images a distinct and slightly moody look.