netcurmudgeon (netcurmudgeon) wrote,

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Lights, camera, w00t!

After a couple of years of tossing the idea back-and-forth we decided to pick up a new camera. Both Asha and I are fans of the die-hard Pentax K1000 -- an utterly manual SLR from the late sixties/early seventies. All you need to do is feed them a new battery every year for their light meters and away you go. From the used shelf of our beloved and now departed SnapShack we put together a pretty nice collection of wide-angle, zoom, and telephoto lenses (including a 130mm lens that's just da bomb for getting candid shots at a distance).

We went digital in 2001 with a Kodak two megapixel point-and-shoot. It's a great little camera (and tough too), but it's a point-and-shoot with all the limitations that that implies. All along we've been digging out the Ks for "serious" stuff (like Asha's trip to Arizona this spring). What we both have wanted is a digital SLR. But, until recently the prices have been show-stoppers.

Last month American Photo ran a roundup of digital cameras, including a brace of lower-cost six megapixel SLRs. And what do you know, a Pentax (the istDS) came out on top! After some virtual shopping around we found a great deal on a camera body and lens (here). They showed up on the doorstep today.

I think I'm in love. The full auto "let the camera figure it all out" mode is pretty nice, but the manual mode is even better. Total control. Huge, crisp images. And, it will work with any of the more modern K1000 lenses. Of course, that means that only one of our lenses will play ball with this camera (and it's not that ancient 130mm treasure) but, hey that means we have two lenses for the new camera instead of one.

Having a new camera to play with has certainly turned around an otherwise stress-filled and anxious day. Hopefully there will be some good light tomorrow so I can really give this thing a workout.

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