Following on from my previous post, a couple of weeks after acquiring an old Pentax ES II film camera the perfect opportunity arose to give it a test outing. I enjoy street photography, especially with a group I belong to on Meetup.com, and I stumbled upon another group that looked interesting.
Their next meetup was in Soho, an area I love to wander around with a camera in hand, so I popped along for a natter, a couple of pints and a short walkabout to take a few test shots.
As I wasn’t sure the camera’s light meter was working correctly (I might have had the wrong type of battery, I’ve heard old film cameras can be finicky about voltage) I also took a handheld light meter to check exposure settings and also my Fujifilm X-T3 with the XF 35mm f/1.4 lens to make sure I came away with at least one or two worthwhile shots!
The top image above was the only one I really liked, but this outing was more about checking the camera than achieving great shots (and meeting some new people for a few pints!), so I was more than happy that I managed to get some decently exposed images. I finished the roll off in Richmond Park, here are a few other samples along with the final scan of the top image…Cinestill 800T. It looks like it can deliver some amazing colours with neon lighting, especially the reds.
I’m sure there’ll be a part 3 soon (maybe even more) so stay tuned!
Update: Incidentally, having tested it I’m now selling the camera on eBay (UK only) if you’re interested in trying out film photography, although you’ll need to get a lens as I’m keeping that beauty!