While standing on a chair in my basement storage room to make tweaks to my Shelf Of Technology, I was distracted by an aluminium case that I’d been carrying from abode to abode for about fifteen years without opening it as far as I could recall. Nestled snugly inside the blue foam padding within was my first proper camera, a Pentax ME Super.
It’s been a while since I’ve handled it, and it felt heavy, solid, and just a delight to hold. After fifteen years, did it still work?
Away to a local store for a pair of LR44 batteries and the smallest roll of film available. Straightaway more memories came back. The batteries go in “+” side down, and they always try and flip themselves over. The little white button that has to be pressed to change the shutter action is fiddly. Little LEDs in the view finder tell you the shutter speed it will choose on the Auto setting. And it still feels heavy, especially after a few years with my Sony Cybershot digital.
The first roll of file flew by. It was really too dark for an ISO100 so I had to find kids at their most stationary, which any parent can tell you means that they were just sitting mostly still but vibrating slightly with surplus energy — on average, they were not moving. The light was artificial so it had a warm cast to it that the flash on the digital camera would have obscured.
So here’s the results so far.
The photo CD does not give great resolution and the 35mm aspect ratio is a little different, but so far it’s encouraging enough for an investment in three rolls of faster black and white film. Some of the reviews I’ve read of this model mention its strength with black and white in particular, so now I need a chance to get up into the mountains to try it out so my creative urges have outlets other than endless images of the cat, the kids and the strata of detritus on my desk.