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Pentax S1a
[Pentax S1a]

by Dave Murray Date Added: Saturday 07 July, 2012
I bought a Pentax S1a secondhand in 1976. This was a seminal purchase for me as, apart from ancient \'Morse\' Jaguar cars that I started buying in 72, this was the first good quality item I had bought. I did not use the camera until 1979 as I did not understand the settings. A chap joined my office and I took it to show him. He explained about \'rule of thumb\' a variation on sunny 16, and away I went, estimating my exposures. I still do this today with a Leica M3. My camera had 55mm f2. Lens, case strap and cap. I still have the cap. I found the camera a delight to use, beautifully engineered and completely reliable. I did not bother with another lens. It became my companion everywhere I went. Pix were razor sharp. During 1981 I passed the shop in the town centre where I had bought it and saw a Nikkormat FT in the window. No lens and a leather strap wrapped round it. I went in and \'fingered it.\' I had to have it. I bought a 50mm f1.8 lens for it and began shooting in a different style. A friends dad asked about the Pentax, and bought it. When he died a few years ago, it could not be found. We think Vin took it with him. When I cleaned my old Jaguar out to sell it after buying a Rover, I found the lens cap for the Pentax S1a. As I said, I still have it. If I look in the old brass tobacco jar on my fireplace mantlepiece one day and the cap isn\'t there, I know that Vin will have called for it while I was asleep. I hope he gets on ok with the many ghosts that inhabit my old cottage

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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