My nerdy film camera collection… Pentax K1000


I love film cameras. I have… like… 20 of them. One of my all time faves has to be the Pentax K1000. For £45 I got the body and four lenses. Now that’s a gorram bargain.

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Now, let me disclaimer this by saying that Max Spielmann have the world’s shittiest scanner. All the digital prints came back noisy as hell. However, the original prints are so heavenly I hear a choir of virgins harmonising every time I take a look at them.

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I love film cameras. More specifically, I love the manual focus, built-like-tanks type. The K1000 is officially me proof.

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So, this bastard is like… thirty five years old. Minimum. It could be forty five, but there’s just no way to tell. I can’t imagine the ridicule my Pro SLR (Sony a77) will get in thirty five years: 24 megapixels? You cretin! 5000k megapixels is the future! We want our prints to be as big as the MOON. Nothing else is worth having!

But a decent 35mm camera is timeless.

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And cheap – did I mention cheap? My latest “modern” lens set me back 600 bloody quid and it’s riddled with purple fringing and it hunts like a bastard in anything worse than a mild shade. The 120mm f1.9 prime portrait lens for the K1000? SIX POUNDS.

Let me repeat that: SIX POUNDS for twenty year old pristine glass, heavy metal build quality and an aperture to die for. My 600-quid-money-pit-lens? Plastic, rickety, and makes me feel a bit sick in my mouth.

That’s erm *scratches head* 600/6… ONE HUNDRED TIMES THE PRICE!

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I always have a film camera with me, whether it’s my Pentax K1000, my Olympus OM30, or my Instant 300 Polaroid. But lord please don’t call me a hipster. I’m just a nerd with an appreciation for days gone by. And above all else, I’m a sucker for a gorram bargain. I’ve got so many old lenses I use two as perches in my reptile tanks.

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Look at that. A light leak. A legit, not tacked-on-in-post-production light leak. There’s just something lovely about that, isn’t there? Something that couldn’t ever be shot again. Up yours, Instagram. Up yours.