THESE ARE SHOT ON ULTRA-CHEAP, ULTRA-GRAINY AGFA 200ASA FILM. NOW YOU AND I BOTH KNOW THAT GRAIN IS A VERY, VERY ,GOOD THING. CLICK THE PICS AND SEE THEM GROW…GRAINIER, GRAINIER, GRAINIEST. YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE.
Now you know how much I love my recently acquired WERRA 3 East German rangefinder film camera….Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous !!! In fact, truth be told, you’re probably getting a little bored by my enthusiasm and constant harping on.
But…Between you and I, Dear Reader, I have on occasion been slightly frustrated by my lens shortage.
My WERRA has just the one 50mm lens, and so far I’ve been unsuccessful in tracking down either of the 2 other focal lengths available at anything like a reasonable price.
The crux of the issue is, I’m simply not enjoying shooting digital at the moment, and the only other film camera I’ve got, A 1980’s Ricoh XRX that I’ve had from new really just doesn’t appeal anymore…It’s an ugly out-dated lump, trying far to hard to be clever, (the camera, not me)…and it’s quite honestly a pain in the arse to use.
SO…What’s a newly fired up retro film enthusiast to do?
Well, for once in my life, I decided to try to be sensible and do some research.
I wanted a fully manual, Pro quality, 35mm film SLR that accepted a huge range of easily available top quality prime lenses, AND, most importantly I didn’t want to take out a mortgage.
The internet was full of pages called ‘Top Ten Best Manual SLR’s’ and though they all differed in their recommendations, there were a few cameras common to most. Two that stuck out were the Pentax LX and Pentax MX, and given the fact that I’m a tight-fisted SOB I decided to go for the cheaper MX.
It’s impossible to find a bad word about this camera, and they are available incredibly cheaply if you shop around.
Mine came with a £149 service receipt from last October, strap, box, manual, a fast 1.7/50mm Pentax Prime, and I have a 135mm and 28mm Prime currently on route….Total cost £87….LUDICROUS!
I shot all of the pics in the gallery at Dudleys ‘Black Country Museum’ within two hours of the postman bringing the camera.
Not to put too fine a point on it, It’s AMAZINGLY GOOD.
I’ll probably tell you more when I’ve got a few more rolls under my belt…But here’s a pic, (digital), to whet your appetite…Ain’t she lovely?
All Images Copyright Stuart Allan Hyde