Analog Therapy: Another roll through the Pentax *ist. Running errands with Ilford HP5. 36-1 images.

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Roll 7. This camera has been a joy. I expected the Pentax *ist to be good, but it has been excellent. Already wrote a review, but here is a high-level recap.

  • One of the most compact cameras I have used. Especially impressive since it is an SLR.
  • Great ergonomics and an intuitive control layout.
  • The fastest focusing AF film camera I have ever used. Extremely accurate also.
  • Great lenses are available.
  • An affordable camera with affordable lenses.
  • Combined they produce image quality that rivals anything out there.
  • Does nothing for IQ, but I also like the way it looks.
Pentax *ist

So ease of use is teamed with stellar IQ. Cool.

As I mentioned in my last Pentax *ist post I had skipped a roll. Roll 5 specifically. Was trying to develop a film with Cinestill df96 that was not meant to be. Fuji Acros II. No more. I traded the two remaining rolls I had for three rolls of an old favorite. Ilford HP5.

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And it plays just fine with Cinestill df96.

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Back to the star of the show. The last Pentax 35mm film SLR ever produced, from 2003 to 2006, the Pentax *ist.

Pentax *ist

.Once again for lenses I mixed it up between two lenses. Mostly the 28mm f/2.8

SMC Pentax-FA 28mm F2.8 AL

…but I took a few with the 50mm f/1.4.

Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4

Why 36-1? I mistimed one shot and the subject was just at the tip of the frame.

50mm f/1.4

Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus

28mm f/2.8

Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus
Pentax *ist - Ilford HP5 Plus

I will end this post the same way I ended the last. This camera has earned the top spot as my current favorite 35mm film camera.

Pentax *ist

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