Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Design Aesthetic

Presenting my newest toys, a 2012 camera on a 2012 tripod and a 1972 lens. It struck me that someone in the design department at Pentax must have had a fondness for the old gear. Not only does that lens work with the new camera, but it also looks as if it fits, a perfect match of styling between the eras. Recent years have not been kind to the Ashai corporation, they put out a spate of cheap and ugly plastic cameras in the `80s and the `90s when it was beginning to look as if the world of photography was passing it by. When digital hit even their mighty 6x7 workhorses fell out of favor.

My new camera is about 2/3 the size and twice the quality of my old one (also a Pentax) and my "new" lenses (all 40 years old) are also very compact. I have a couple of monster plastic zooms but I never warmed up to the concept of toting around an outfit the size of a toaster just to take a few pictures. Most of the new pictures you see on this blog were done with a compact Point and Shoot (albeit with manual controls), but there are times when a higher quality image just can't be beat. I'll have plenty of opportunities to use this new rig in Iceland when I go back—IN SIX WEEKS! SIX WEEKS! SIX WEEKS! OMG! OMG!

I'd better get packing.

By Professor Batty


Blogger Jono said...

These "toys" are loads of fun. Scoring an inexpensive but excellent old lens makes it even more so.

Do you at least have a packing list and its revisions?

Blogger Professor Batty said...

The lens, while excellent, was hardly inexpensive—it was absolutely dead stock mint.

The camera gear list is complete, but the clothes list will take some figuring. I'll be gone two full weeks, but Reykjavík does have a laundromat now, so I won't need so many socks!

Blogger Jono said...

You wear socks?!?

Blogger Professor Batty said...

Socks, yes. Underwear, no.

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