This has long been the standard camera for film students, as it is incredibly simple, no -frills, and solidly built. The lenses I have for it are superb and I got several very sharp pictures as a result. Unfortunately, I had a mishap when rewinding and ended up opening the camera before the roll was all the way re-wound. So, several pictures are now fine examples of light leak....
In the past year, I've been collecting vintage cameras and lenses, these are almost all of them. It's a lot of fun, but they do take up a bit of space.....
I took a few minutes the other night to try some HDR using the built in function on the Sony NEX-3N. It allows you to specify whether you want a 1.0/2.0/3.0/4.0/5.0/6.0 stop spread of the 3 exposures. I generally found the 3 or 4 stop spreads to give the best balance of the effect without looking garish. I then edited them in the computer to further enhance the dynamic range while still avoiding the obvious "HDR look" that so many have come to despise.
I had a chance to do the old "slow shutter waterfall" trick. I used my EF-S 18-135 at f/25, ISO 100, and a 2 sec. shutter. Of course to keep it from overexposing I used my variable neutral density filter set to its darkest setting. It also helps when the setting sun is nice and golden!
Generally, I prefer the two-tone silver and black SLR's but along the way I have collected a few all black ones. So, I thought I'd feature them in pictures taken with the two-tone Pentax SP500. The cameras shown from left to right are:
1. Yashica FX-3
2. Minolta X-700
3. Nikkormat FT
4. Konica FP-1
5. Chinon CM-5
The only one I have plans to shoot is the Minolta X-700. That one was the top dog in Minolta's lineup in it's day.