Did you know I have an obsession with cameras? I own 13 of them, really. Not sure if 10 of them work ... but people find them for me and give them to me - I have one as old at the 1930's, but most are around 40 - 50 years old. Besides dogs, and parking tickets, it is the only thing I collect :)
This is where it all started ...
My old school Pentax K1000 is such a wicked camera. I held this camera for the first time when I was 7, it was my mom's at the time. I still have the very first photo I ever took with it - from the window of a train while we were going through Roger's Pass in B.C., on our way to east moving to Toronto. Sure the photo is blurry, but come on I was 7, and we were on a train!!
This camera stayed in use with me until I was 21. It went through 3 years of high school photography - I don't even know how many rolls of film I developed in that dingy darkroom. It went though 4 years of College photography classes and an Independent study for my graduation, again a countless amount of film developed in the darkroom. I bought a clunky old zoom lens for it and a flash too make it more fancy. Then I purchased a NEW Pentax SLR when I graduated College, but still I liked my K1000 better!!
Did I mention I used the K1000 for 10 years with a broken light meter? It's a miracle I got some of the photos I did, but a lot of trial and error made us a good team for all those years. I am going to shoot some film in the next couple of weeks - I am super excited, so I have been reminiscing about this camera, wow we have done a lot together, and I learned so much from this 'old tank'. I was such a film die hard, I remember resisting getting my first DSLR Pentax. Now onto my second DSLR I love it, and I converted to Nikon, but there is something about the surprise of not being able to see a photo before it is developed that I still miss.
They don't make 'em like they used too ...
One time I was at the Fair in about grade 11, and i took it on the "Rock N Roll", a ride that spins you upside down, well my camera came off from around my neck, fell on to the metal platform, then bounced off and fell another 4 feet onto the cement. did it break? NOPE. Would my camera I have now bust into 1000 pieces, most likely!
Sweet baby Jane taken with the original, K1000, in 1999.