It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post. I’ve had time to think about what to write, and this time I decided to look back, back to some of the camera’s I now have on display.
The first is my Pentax ME Super. I have owned several Pentax 35mm camera’s over the years. The 1st was a K1000. I didn’t really know anything about photography, but I was interested and really wanted a 35mm. So, I saved some money, and bought the K1000 at JC Penny.
That was a long time ago. I did my best to learn photography on my own and didn’t do a bad job of it.
And during those early days in my photography obsession, I thought I need something a little more advanced than the K1000, so I bought the ME Super.
Here’s one of my ME Super’s with an autowinder. I got it mostly for the grip since it was only good for about 2 frames per second.
I really loved this camera. In fact, I loved it too much. This ME Super is no longer functional. I never mistreated it, I just wore it out.
So, now it sits on my shelf, a reminder of where my passion for photography began.
Next up, a medium format Yashica. This is an interesting camera, and is not an SLR but a TLR (Twin Lens Reflex). One of the other differences between this type of camera and a 35mm SLR is the type of shutter. Most 35mm cameras use a Focal Plain Shutter, where the TLR uses a leaf shutter. The Focal Plain clunks and makes noise, the leaf shutter makes a very small click. A quiet shutter can be an advantage when needing to be stealthy (such as shooting a wedding). The other advantage of this type of camera is that it’s a medium format, using 120 film vs. 35mm. The much larger negative has to potential to hold more detail and yield larger prints.
I have owned and used quite a few TLR’s. All 3 of them were Rolleiflex. A friend of mine has a Yashica similar to the one in the photo. I never actually used a Yashica. This one was given to me by another friend. It’s in very good condition and if I wanted to put some 120 film in it, it would still work.
This particular Yashica has a light meter, something of a nice upgrade from the standard versions. Only my most expensive Rolleiflex had a light meter.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any of my old Rollei’s. It was short sighted of me to trade them for another camera, a Bronica. At the time I was shooting weddings and the Bronica was easier to use, and offered options that the Rollei’s just didn’t have (like interchangeable lens).
So, I don’t have my Rollei’s, but I do have this Yashica to remind me of this wonderful style of camera.