Honeywell Pentax SP1000

There are a lot of reviews about the Pentax SP1000 online, so I do not think I will write another one. I will tell you my thoughts and initial reactions to the camera and my experience using it.

A friend told me she had a camera she bought her husband several years ago, while she was working on her Phd. He was going to take a class and learn how to use it but never did. They have both moved on from the idea of becoming photographers. Typically, when someone says “I have an old_____, do you want it?” it’s usually not anything amazing but I almost always say yes. I grew up working on Vespas, Lambretta, Yamaha and a collection of other old two-stroke motorcycles, you never know what someone has hidden in their garage.

I did not expect to be handed such a clean, well taken care of, SLR.  I started researching the camera as soon as I could. I have never heard of the Honeywell or the SP, like most people, I was much more familiar with the K1000. But, I typically get more excited about a camera if I do not know much about it. I will say, this is the first time I’ve seen a threaded lens but after some research, it is not as uncommon as I thought.

I put a roll of Fuji Film 400 Pro in and took the camera out for a test run.

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One of my favorite shots from the roll, it is a close up of a 3D model of an atom. There are some pictures that I wonder if they would be better if they were shot with my more modern digital SLR but I like the texture and the grain. It adds a little, something something.

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I try to get a shot of my favorite bookstore whenever I am checking out a new camera, it’s a good point of reference. If you are in the Salt Lake City area, checkout Ken Saunders Rare and Used Books, it’s worth the trip. I like that there are so many colors, shapes, and levels of depth.

The camera really does its best when shooting portraits.

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An outdoor cat at my wife’s work. It was friendly and curious until the shutter scared her away.

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My favorite shot of the roll. My wife, Avery, after a haircut.

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Grey Dog is Lavender Vinyl’s big eared test listener. She is available to pets and photos.

I think the Pentax will become become my go-to SLR for the summer. I’m liking the size and usability, and the lens is clean and clear. So, there will be more to come.

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