I shot my first roll of35mm film using a Pentax K1000 I bought on the same day I returned a faulty Yashica Mat 124-G — my first camera ever — but that’s a story for another article about my first 120 film roll. I’m glad I made that decision! The Pentax K1000 taught me a lot about photography and helped me understand its principles more. It’s a joy to use. Just a pure, fully mechanical camera. stripped off of anything that you don’t need, and has everything you’ll ever need to capture great shots! You just need a battery for the internal light meter — and that’s the only electronic part — to work, nothing more.
With the K1000 equipped with a 50mm f/1.7 lens, I loaded my first 35mm roll of film and started shooting! It was a 24 exposure roll of Fuji Superia X-TRA 400. I went and started taking photos of random stuff I found interesting. And of course, I had to take a self-portrait first.
Apologies for the “hairy gorilla” you see in this frame!
Back to the film, shooting it was a nice experience despite me not knowing everything I needed about exposure and how to meter for it properly, etc. I was completely dependent on my K1000’s light meter and it was great in not-so-complicated light situations, to be honest!
As you can see in the images below, a few shots were some attempts at night photography! Without a tripod or a shutter release cable, of course 😀
Honestly, I don’t even know what I was thinking, but that — I believe — is how you learn; you make mistakes and you learn from them!
It’s been a year and a half since I started shooting film, yet the K1000 is still one of the closest 35mm cameras to my heart. I’ve learned a lot using it and it has a huge sentimental value to me. I hope one day I’ll be able to be the “grandad” who’s going to bestow this camera upon his grandkids and let it help them start their photography journey!
Enough with the chitchat, I’ll leave you to the rest of the photos from my first 35mm film roll. Stay safe and keep shooting 🙂
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