Looking out

Looking out
Pentax ME, 35mm f/2 SMC Pentax-FA AL
Eastman Double-X 5222
2018

Recently I mounted this autofocus Pentax lens on my Pentax ME to see what it was capable of. I’d been using it on my Pentax K10D DSLR — with great frustration, as the lens too frequently couldn’t lock focus. So I shot it in manual-focus mode most of the time. If I was going to do that, I reasoned, I might as well just shoot it on one of my manual-focus film bodies.

I spent some time in Crown Hill Cemetery with this combo. I’ve made a dozen or more photographs from this vantage point, the highest elevation in Indianapolis and the gravesite of Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley. I warmed this one up in Photoshop a little; it’s better for it.

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Last updated on 19 March 2020 by Jim Grey

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single frame: Looking out

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2 thoughts on “single frame: Looking out

  1. Pentax cameras are quite forgiving when it comes to lenses I am led to believe. Bit like my Nikon F4 which will take any lens Nikon has ever made; this includes the new aperture ringless ones and will matrix meter in prog/shutter priority mode, with full metering on all the others back to the 1950’s lenses.
    Like the warm tone on the image, gives a great tonality.

    • There are some modern Pentax lenses that aren’t fully backwards compatible I hear but it’s not that many really. It’s nice to be able to mount pretty much any K-mount lens onto any K-mount camera!

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