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Pentax LX Camera Review – The Best Professional 35mm SLR Around

I’ve spent the past few months shooting an amazing and beautiful 35mm film SLR from Japan. This camera has it all – a complete system with detachable prisms, backs, winders, focusing screens, choice of attachable handles, and even limited releases in Titanium. Most important among these accoutrements are the ones containing glass – the camera couples with a complete range of lenses capable of unsurpassed image quality in their price point. It’s a well-made camera, robust and ergonomically excellent, and…

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SMC Pentax M 40mm F/2.8 Pancake Lens Review

Lilliputian. Svelte. Teensy and weensy, and of course, teensy-weensy. All words I’d never expect to write in a lens review, yet here we all are and I might as well get these silly synonyms for tiny out of the way. Because today we’re talking about one of the smallest legacy lenses I’ve ever used, and the smallest SLR lens that Pentax ever made – the Pentax-M SMC 40mm F/2.8. Produced from 1976 to 1984, this full-frame lens offers an incredibly…

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Pentax K1000 – Camera Review

A plump, chunky camera stares at me from across the room. I avert my eyes and glance back at the computer screen, my stomach growing queasy with anxiety. Writing about this camera is proving tiresome, and I start to question whether I’m up to the task. I glance back nervously at it for inspiration, its awkward figure and vacant lens offering none. Again and again I hear the quick clickity-clack of the keyboard under my fingers, but the sound is…

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Pentax SV – Camera Review

Life has a way of giving you exactly what you need when you least expect it to. So when I came across a Pentax SV for the first time, I knew life was throwing me a bone. It sat in a glass case at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, its accompanying sign proclaiming it the chosen tool of Ishiuchi Miyako, a photographer from postwar Japan whose photographs happened to be on exhibit that day. The photographs were gritty, stark,…

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Five Best Cameras for Photography Students

There’s a certain question that I get asked virtually every single day. People need to know what camera they should buy for their upcoming high school or college photography class. It’s a great question, and one that I’m always happy to answer, as it means that someone’s about to begin a process of discovery that often grows into a lifelong passion for the medium. After fielding this question three times today, I’ve put together a quick article showcasing what I believe are…

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Pentax – A SMC 35mm F/2.8 – Lens Review

I’m back from a brief vacation and I’ve brought with me a treasure trove of material for my photophile friends! First on the docket is a review of a pretty rare and rather wonderful legacy lens from Pentax. It’s the SMC Pentax-A 35mm F/2.8. During my journey up and around Maine’s rocky coast, I shot this hard-to-find lens in a variety of stereotypically autumnal New England situations. I peeped leaves and hiked trails, I strolled through colonial fishing villages and sipped nutmeg-infused beverages, I basked in fleeting sunshine…

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Pentax ME – Camera Review

Well, it’s finally happening. We’re reviewing a Pentax. It’s the Pentax ME, an entry-level 35mm film SLR that entices with its promises of creative photographic controls, exceptional optics, and adequate build quality, all joined with the ease of a point-and-shoot. But does it deliver on these promises? That’s what we intended to find out when, yearning for a break from over-saturation in needlessly-complicated cameras, we decided to head for the beach, alone, with the ME. This outwardly simple camera’s semi-automatic…

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The Ultimate Camera Battery Compendium

We field a lot of questions here at CP. Whether they come by way of post comments, our online shop, our social networks, or via direct message, there’s a never-ending supply of inquisitive photo-geeks seeking answers to hard questions. And one of the most common questions we field almost every single day gets right to the heart of the hobby. It’s an important, existential question. A question that, were it to go unanswered, would invariably bring the world of photography to a…

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5 Best Japanese 35mm Film SLR Cameras

The last time we compiled a “Top Five” list we were focused on the simple joy of point-and-shoot cameras. The automated nature of the five cameras we chose was perfect for those photo geeks interested in making beautiful photos with ease. But today we’re going to talk about something a bit different. Today’s top five is all about vintage SLR (single lens reflex) cameras. Back in their heyday, these machines were the diametric counterpoint to point-and-shoot cameras, and for more than half a…

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