I briefly referenced this camera in a recent post stating:
Have created images I am happy with using film cameras costing less than a memory card.
And adding a sample image.
As stated in the title I was referring to the Pentax *ist, below paired with the FA 50mm f/1.4.
One should underestimate this camera and lens combination. It does not have the cache of many storied cameras, but that does not stop it from producing wonderful images. But what I find amazing about this is that this camera:
- Is very affordable.
- Has AF performance, by way of speed and accuracy, that meets or surpasses nearly any film camera I have ever used.
- That has access to some of the best lenses around.
- That is so compact that it can easily slip into a spare bag pocket or even a jacket pocket.
It is a camera that is so capable and so easy to use that it is the ultimate get out of the way image capturing device. As a result, I will often bring the camera along with me as was the case when I was testing a lens calibration recently.
The film of choice was once again Kodak Gold 200…
…which was developed at home with Cinestill CS41.
Here are almost all of the images taken.
A fine bit of analog therapy.