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Enjoying Some Pentax SLR Gear Acquisition Syndrome

June 22, 2020

I’ve had a bit of Pentax SLR GAS recently. I’m not going to try and sugarcoat it, the reality is, I’ve just let myself fall into the trap of buying kit to solve a problem I don’t really have. It’s even got as bad – at least in some cases – that I’ve buying even more kit before I’ve really even had a chance to try the last bit of kit I’ve added to the pile. At the stage of this path I now find myself at, I’ve just bought camera that I don’t even intend to review. This might not sound like a big deal, but this is pretty much the primary reason I buy film cameras these days… When I get to the stage that I want a camera so much that I have no intention to review it, I know the GAS has really hit a high level!

Sometimes gear acquisition syndrome is an incredibly slippery slope, and it seems – at least for me – the Pentax 35mm SLR GAS slope is a very slippy one indeed. I could probably make some argument around it being because of boredom, or Coronavirus lockdown and not having enough opportunities to go out shooting. But in truth, none of that is the case. The reality is, I’ve broken my own rules by doing the buying bit before the selling bit, and maxed out my credit card just because I wanted to play with some kit I liked the look of. But, whilst all this is quite shameful – and I’m certainly not advocating getting into debt just to play with a few extra cameras – I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been having quite a lot of fun exploring all this new-to-me Pentax SLR gear…

It all started sometime last year when I was in my photography slump. I bought a Pentax MX and decided I was going to just shoot with it for a while. With it I had the Pentax-M 40mm 2.8 pancake lens which I liked for its small size more than its image making ability. The plan to just shoot an MX didn’t work out very well. In fact, I had a little more fun by removing that self-imposed limitation by adding a Pentax P30 and a 135mm lens into the equation. I think it was shooting that P30 and enjoying it so much that made me fall down this rabbit hole.

In fact, I probably could have guessed where this path would have ended up if you’d pushed me for an answer back then as there was a bit of a white whale involved. Whenever I mentioned the 40mm lens on social media someone would mention the Pentax 43mm 1.9 Limited lens. I’ve know of the wonders of this lens for quite a while, and am aware that – alongside the 31mm and 77mm Limited lenses – it has a bit of mystic surrounding it… and me being me, I couldn’t help but be a little intrigued by that. But the path to that lens didn’t seem to be clear of hurdles to me.

One of the standout features of the 43mm is that it’s an autofocus lens that’s designed to work perfectly on both Pentax AF and older MF cameras. It has an aperture ring with an auto setting and a focus control that rotates really smoothly like an old manual focus lens. As someone who was previously quite wedded to Nikon SLR gear, this was very interesting to me. Nikon’s early AF lenses were great, but many of them didn’t feel that nice to use as manual focus lenses, and that’s despite both Nikon and Pentax using a system of controlling the autofocus with a screw-head interface between the body of the camera and the lens. I wanted to know what had Pentax done to make these lenses nicer to use in manual focus.

Pentax Screw Drive AF

Pentax screw drive AF

As I’ve alluded, I hesitated around this bit of GAS for a long time. I’d been enjoying the Pentax M series kit, and didn’t really feel that I needed another autofocus SLR in my life. I have a Nikon F80 for that role, and a couple of Nikon AF lenses that do the job perfectly well. But I couldn’t buy the 43mm if I wasn’t going to take advantage of its autofocus – it’s an expensive lens, so if I was going to be spending that money, I wanted to get the most out of it. So, rather than just put these ideas to the back of my mind, I started exploring Pentax AF cameras.

Unfortunately (or possibly fortunately) I didn’t like the look of many of them. In fact, I think it’s reasonably fair to say that a lot of them look quite crap. I’m sure the likes of the PZ-1P are as good cameras as people seem to say, but they look big and and quite ugly to me. I like smaller, neater cameras. Late 90s / early 00s SLRs are a lot prettier in general than the horrible blobby things of the early 90s.

At some point in all this I discovered the Pentax ist* film camera. It is reputed to be the smallest AF SLR ever made. In discovering this I figured I might like to try the Pentax 40mm DA lens on it.

Pentax MZ-3 40mm DA

Pentax MZ-3 & 40mm DA – this is the ‘XS’ version

This lens was designed for crop digital cameras, but like all the various 40mm 2.8 lenses Pentax makes, it actually covers full frame (albeit with some falloff). These lenses are fairly easy to come by too, so I bought one. As it turns out, the ist* is, on the other hand, quite hard to come by – and when I did find one, it didn’t work. In fact, as well as it not working, I also discovered that it’s woefully unattractive and not particularly nice to hold. That had me looking elsewhere. I still wanted a small camera, but maybe something a little more traditional.

Pentax MZ-5 and MZ-3

Pentax MZ-3 and MZ-5 shutter dials

It was then that my wandering eye was caught by the Pentax MZ series. There are a few cameras in this range but the MZ-5 and MZ-3 with their traditional shutter dial interested me the most. I soon found an MZ-5 in my local camera London camera exchange. In fact, finding this camera sent me down another path of Pentax discovery.

Knowing the 40mm DA worked well on full frame cameras, I wondered which other APS-C lenses would work. I’ve since found a bit of a guide to that thought process on the Pentax Forums website, but prior to that l discovery I did my own bit of experimentation with a Pentax 18-55 DA lens which (obviously) came with a Pentax DSLR stuck to the back. That experiment went ok, you can see the results here. In fact, ultimately it turned out quite nicely as I gave that DSLR and lens to Connie who has had a great deal of pleasure so far. But, none of this slowed down my GAS.

Pentax MZ-5 & 43mm Limited

Connie with her Pentax digital – taken with the Pentax MZ-5 and 43mm Limited and Kodak E100

I quite enjoyed the MZ-5 – it’s a bit plasticky, and the autofocus is a bit pants, but I felt it was going to be good enough to give me a sense of how the 43mm was to use on an AF camera alongside using it on my MX. It was then – after a few drinks – that I bought the 43mm Limited. I must admit, this was the point that I knew I had passed the point of no return. Up until then, I’d been loving Pentax gear for how inexpensive a lot of it is. The 43mm is not an inexpensive lens.

When it arrived, I discovered why. All the reviews about how it feels are quite correct. The focusing is smooth in manual and – though a little noisy – the AF worked quite well on the MZ-5. Of course, now I had an expensive lens on a very cheap camera. It felt better on the MX, but that wasn’t autofocus. I felt like I wanted to try a nicer AF camera – something I justified by talking myself into the idea that slightly quicker autofocus might be nice. Funnily enough, at this stage I hadn’t clocked that the MZ-3 was actually an upgraded MZ-5n. The MZ-5n has better autofocus the the MZ-5 and the MZ-3 has the same AF system as the 5n. Despite not knowing this, I still managed to talk myself into the MZ-3. The alternative was the Pentax MZ-S, and I just didn’t want to spend that sort of money…

Then, I blinked, and somehow Gareth from London Camera Exchange had talked me into buying a 77mm that he’d taken in part exchange. I say talked me into it – what I mean is, I happened to mention to him that I’d finally bought the 43mm and he responded to me by telling me that me he had a 77mm for sale. That was enough to convince me.

Pentax MZ-5 & 77mm Limited

Pentax MZ-5 & 77mm Limited – Shot on Kodak E100

This all takes us full circle back to the comment I made about buying a camera that I didn’t intend to review. The Pentax MZ-S was reviewed alongside the 31, 43 and 77mm Limited lenses by Aivaras back in October 2018. I must admit, I’m quite often put off from buying cameras that have already been reviewed for this website as a lot of my purchasing these days is simply motivated by a desire to explore cameras for the benefit of reviewing them or otherwise writing about the experiences I have with them. It’s this that makes me know I have fallen deep into a very deep gear acquisition spiral, as – despite the MZ-S already being reviewed for 35mmc – and before I even put a roll of film through the MZ-3 – I bought an MZ-S… In fact, more precisely, I’ve now bought two MZ-S cameras! (though the second is yet to arrive)

Now, you might be wondering why two? Well, there’s a couple of reasons. The first is because all of the MZ series – including some, but not all MZ-S cameras – have a known issue with a weak nylon sprocket that moves mirror. Eventually it wears, and the cameras stops working. Some MZ-S cameras have a brass sprocket that doesn’t wear, but short of taking the camera apart, there’s no way of telling of it has a brass or nylon one. So I decided – and this is despite knowing there is a company in the UK that can repair them – that I wanted to buy myself some contingency.

That wasn’t my only justification though. I also wanted one with all of the bits that the MZ-S is supposed to come with. There’s an eye cup and a little cap that covers the flash sync port on the side and a little rubber bit to cover over the contacts that connect it to the accessory grip (that I also wanted). Buying two meant I could have all these extras… And being fair to me, the second one I bought was listed as spares/repair, and was cheap, and came with a lens that I want to try, so that justifies it right?!

Who am I trying to kid..? The point is, I have definitely fallen into a whole world of GAS the likes of which I can’t remember the last time I experienced! But you know what, it hasn’t failed to put a smile on my face. There is often a lot of scorn poured on buying kit – especially when it’s bought and not used. And sometimes, I would agree… I’m just not sure it’s always a bad thing…?

I’ve talked about this on 35mmc before – I am a photographer, I like taking photos, but I also like playing with cameras to the degree in fact that it almost feels like a second hobby. Is there really anything wrong with that…?

And anyway, if nothing else, I’ve just been doing my bit to keep the economy going… … I do need to sell some stuff though now!
(Keep an eye on the shop if you’re interested on what I might be parting with – I’ll be listing stuff over the next few days)

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  • Reply
    Shubroto Bhattacharjee
    June 22, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Deepest sympathies, Hamish, from a Nikon-GAS victim! You’ve described the process perfectly.
    Your transition to Pentax would be easier because those lenses focus/zoom in the Nikon direction.
    Enjoy your sokourn!

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      June 22, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      Hah, yes perhaps! Thanks Shubroto!

  • Reply
    Andrea Bevacqua
    June 22, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Well Hamish,
    I think this is a wonderful post.
    You made the questions and you made the answers. A perfect circle I would say.
    It could not be better 😀


    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      June 22, 2020 at 1:15 pm

      Thanks, Andrea!!

  • Reply
    June 22, 2020 at 10:34 am

    the article runs almost as a confession! I have a self imposed rule of 3 film cameras… works well, and I actually get to shoot all of them regularly as a result.
    – x1 35mm SLR (Nikon FM3a) with 3 lenses. (28mm, 40mm, 50mm)
    – x1 medium format rangefinder (Bronica RF645)with the 65mm f4)
    – x1 point and shoot (contaxt TVs)

    maybe you could do the same but add a 4th slot for a camera you buy to review?!

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      June 22, 2020 at 1:14 pm

      I have too many keepers now – the Leica M4-P and M3, Nikon F2, Rollei 35SE, Minolta Riva Pano, Yashica T5… many more. It’s a good discipline you have there, for sure, but I am in too deep now 😉

      • Reply
        June 23, 2020 at 8:19 pm

        you should have a yellow banner like on the gambling websites…


        I will buy a Leica one day, but it such a slippery slope, Ive done very well not to start slipping already.

        • Reply
          Hamish Gill
          June 24, 2020 at 1:04 pm

          hahaha… that’s a great domain name!!

  • Reply
    Sokol Hazizi
    June 22, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Oh boy, this sounds too familiar! Pentax shooter here, I also have a problem with GAS. I actually own 6 Pentax slrs ME Super, 2 MX, LX, P-30, MZ-5n and a Maginon k1000(a copy of the k1000). The thing with Pentax is like you said, it’s inexpensive, It sometime seems like a crime to overlook certain offers.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      June 22, 2020 at 1:13 pm

      Yeah, it’s a lot easier to buy 10 £50 cameras than it is to buy 1 £500 camera… and therein lies the Pentax hook 😉

      • Reply
        June 25, 2020 at 3:05 pm

        Hamish, that’s the hook I fell into, but with large format lenses. I just bought one for $130. My budget will survive but now I need to use these lenses!

  • Reply
    Wim van Heugten
    June 22, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Hi Hamish,

    Nice writing again! I know exactly what you are going through, as the Pentax GAS caught me also.You should definitely buy yourself an LX (or two!). It’s the finest Pentax SLR ever (to my opinion). Beware of samples with the sticky mirror syndrome.
    I am looking forward to your review of the LX with some fine Pentax glass…

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      June 22, 2020 at 1:11 pm

      It’s on the list. I do like the MX a lot though…

  • Reply
    David Allen
    June 22, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Hahahaha! So you got an MZ-s! I feel entirely responsible 🙂

    I hope the second body is the champagne colored one to properly complete the set! You know you have GAS bad when you start doing that……..

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      June 22, 2020 at 1:05 pm

      Haha, it’s not! You can share responsibility with Aivaras – he spent quite a while trying to loan me his MZ-S… And then there is the little gas monster in the back of my brain, that guy certainly has a lot to answer for!

  • Reply
    Michael Jardine
    June 22, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    That 77mm limited looks lovely. I’ve kept my Pentax GAS to ’80s stuff… well I never progressed beyond the first Japanese SLR I got, which was an ME Super. I’m now on my third body, as they have always been straightforward to replace when destroyed or lost. I recently got the 85mm/f2.8 lens from that period which I love and has become my default lens.
    I will always keep an eye out for a good deal on an LX, and one day I’ll find the one…

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      June 22, 2020 at 1:04 pm

      Well, I hope we don’t end up bidding on the same one! 😉

      • Reply
        June 22, 2020 at 2:18 pm

        You can dodge bidding conflict by going for K2 or K2DMD 😉

  • Reply
    David Allen
    June 22, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Just to be pedantic…… the gear wheel problem is common to the whole MZ series. It’s not nylon its a plastic gear that eventually splits meaning that the shaft rotates inside the gear wheel instead of turning the gear. The repair that Asahi Photo can do is to install a new nylon gear that won’t split. As far as I know there are no brass gear replacements outside of Japan and they have probably faded into myth by now………

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      June 22, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      Ha, I shall allow the pedantry

  • Reply
    Iain Dickinson
    June 22, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Nice little article. Another Pentaxian here and I do try to keep the GAS under control but you just cannot help it with the wonderful lenses that Pentax have made over many many years. But the last piece of kit I bought was last year and it was the 77mm Limited. Such a wonderful lens.
    I may get the 43mm at some point, but having a few 50mm’s and the extremely wonderful 55mm F1.8, I cannot justify it at the moment.
    As for the MZ series cog issue, yes, I have had the same with an MZ-50, my MZ-5n so far is working fine. Another one that had the problem was my SFX body. But my SFXn is so far alright.
    Nice to know about repairs though, as I have had the MZ-5n since new and if the cog goes, I know I can get it repaired. I won’t bin it as there is a certain sentimentality having it since new.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      June 22, 2020 at 10:23 pm

      Which 55mm 1.8 is this then…?

      • Reply
        Clive W
        June 23, 2020 at 7:48 am

        I take this to mean the mid-70s 55mm (there were f/1.8 and f/2 versions) that were evolutions of the SMC Takumar lenses at the beginning of the K-mount era.

        They make a nice portrait lens on the front of an APS-C digital too, where a 50mm is just a shade too wide.

        I lost my 43mm to a burglar 15 years ago. It was great on my MZ-5n, which I still have, but I think it would be a great match for the MX, especially in chrome-on-chrome.

      • Reply
        June 23, 2020 at 8:17 am

        oh hamish, you’re not as lost as me my friend.

        currently i own:

        Spotmatic SPII
        (SMC Takumar 28/3.5, 35/3.5, 55/1.8, 135/3.5, 200/4)

        K1000, MX in silver and Black, KX in Black, ME
        SMC PENTAX 24/2.8, 35/3.5, 55/1.8, 85/1.8, 135/3.5
        Pentax-M 28/2.8, 28/2.0, 40/2.8, 85/2, 135/3.5, 200 f4…

        Debatable, but imho the best camera Pentax ever made was the elusive Super-A European Camera of the Year Edition… Mine is in Black and paired with the A-Series 50/1.4 and has the original straps and caps, I can’t even bring myself to use it.

        The MX never leaves my bag, either the 28/2 or what is (I am pretty sure) the lens you were referring to in this comment, the SMC PENTAX 55/1.8… If you don’t buy that lens for what it goes for and you’re still using any of the 50s you’re missing out. The early K Series have a larger 52mm filter thread and they are special pieces of glass.

        The SMC PENTAX 35/3.5 and 85/1.8 are two other lenses that are so underrated it isn’t even funny. The 85/1.8 goes for $600 all day and it is actually crazy. The 35/3.5 lives on my Fuji X-T3, those Early K and M42 era 35mm and 55mm lenses are in their own stratosphere, I am not joking… The Pentax lenses with the bubble front element are unreal.

        • Reply
          Hamish Gill
          June 23, 2020 at 3:11 pm

          I have played with a Super-A before – I was quite drawn to it, I must admit, though I wasn’t so deep into my Pentax fanaticism at the time… I will dig into some of these older manual lenses, for sure!

      • Reply
        David Allen
        June 23, 2020 at 8:31 am

        Iain, I’m not aware of the SF series having the gear wheel problem? However, I have a pristine SFX with all rubbers/covers, data back and rare AA battery grip. As a fellow Pentaxian you could twist my arm……..

  • Reply
    June 22, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Never owned a Pentax, but have the same relationship to Chinon…which I am weaning myself off!

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      June 22, 2020 at 10:15 pm

      Haha, Chinon weaning… I’m not gonna lie, that sounds quite easy to me. #CameraSnobbery 🤣

  • Reply
    Scott Mackie
    June 22, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Oh man. Pentax GAS is the worst/best. My path into photography was accelerated by my dad’s ME Super and 50mm/1.7 over 35 years ago – which I was forbidden from using so I had to acquire my own ME. I’ve owned (and own) a load of different camera gear but Pentax cameras and lenses always have a special place in my heart. The MZ-5 is a really lovely camera and feels more connected to the preceding M bodies than a lot of vendors attempts at the AF film transition.

    Don’t let it get too out of hand tho or you’ll end up like me. A shelf full of lovely K-mount and M42 bodies and lenses…

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      June 22, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      Haha, that doesn’t sound like the worst thing in the world

  • Reply
    Marco Andrés
    June 22, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    It’s odd, the same day this article about Pentax gas was published, another gas article appeared on Emulsive: Living With Gas, one film photographer’s story so far…
    This author latched onto Nikon gear even acquiring adapters to fit on-Nikkor lenses.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      June 22, 2020 at 10:20 pm

      Ha! I didn’t realise. Me and Em are good mates, but we rarely talk about content crossover

    • Reply
      John Squillace
      June 23, 2020 at 5:32 pm

      Great article and how relatable! So how did you like to 40mm XS as a lens? I’ve been tempted to buy a Pentax AF body just to use that lens…

      • Reply
        Hamish Gill
        June 24, 2020 at 1:05 pm

        Yeah, it’s quite nice – obviously, it’s not designed for “full frame” so it’s not perfect, for my tastes works well enough

  • Reply
    gavin nugent
    June 22, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    After masses of research in to this camera if you’re interested this is what I know.

    As I wanted one for ages but the price v the scary stories of the cog put me off until spoke to a few people in the know

    1) They don’t break that often any way, and like certain other cameras with there power consumptions like the OM4 …it become a bit thing online …not so much in the real world …I also have had several OM4,s …no problem
    2) If you look on the Base and it say’s “Pentax corporation made in Japan” and serial number starts with a 5 then you have one of the last batch that had the the updated cog …that information came straight from Pentax
    3) The Bigger issue is the rubber around the body turns to liquid tar … over the battery connector on the base
    4) They are really worth it .I like most of us has shot bags of cameras the MZ-s is something different the weight and the handling are wonderful …my F100 feel like a tank in comparison ( BTW it the same shutter as in the F100 but limited to 1/6000)
    5) Its super clever not only imprint the exposure info on the negative ( old school meta data) .Check out the program modes
    matched up with the three amigos/Holy trinity 31/43/77 …….all your auto focus need are covered plus you can pop those lens on any Pentax and your good to go ….

    Great camera I have shot hundreds of rolls on mine now and my F100/ Pz-1p and canons gather dust wait for me to EBAY them eventually

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      June 22, 2020 at 10:19 pm

      Thank you, yes that matches my research too. I think the “spares” one I have bought has a high serial number so I’m hoping – at worst – it will have the parts needed to save this one if it dies. I’ve just sold my Nikon F80. I can see the MX and MZ-S with MZ-3 as backup being my SLR kit for a while now

      • Reply
        David Allen
        June 23, 2020 at 8:35 am

        unfortunately, point 2 is not that simple as they were made in different places. Later ones can still be plastic cogs as confirmed by folks on the Pentax Forums……….

      • Reply
        Graeme K
        June 23, 2020 at 2:36 pm

        Discussions on the various Pentax forums has it that those cameras in the MZ series with ‘Pentax Corporation’ on the bottom were produced later (c. 2002+) and have a brass mirror and those with ‘Asahi Optical Co’ have a plastic gear which is often the single point of failure with these cameras so if you have the former you may have a more reliable copy. I’ve never taken a peek inside to check though. No one seems to have found any rhyme or reason to the serial numbers….

        • Reply
          Remy Pascal
          August 21, 2020 at 6:59 pm

          HI, fellow pentaxian here. I haven’t got the mz-s, but I am getting tempted now.

          anyway, my mz5n just failed on me :-(, it’s written Asahi Optical Co on the bottom, so I guess its the issue described above. But it is also mentioned that someone can repair them. Would you care to share some contact details?

          • Hamish Gill
            August 24, 2020 at 8:50 pm

            Here you go:

            Also, I have one of my Pentax MZ-S for sale, if you’re interested 🙂

          • Remy Pascal
            August 24, 2020 at 10:21 pm

            HI, I can’t reply to your comment directly, hence response above.

            Thanks for the link!
            regarding the mz-s, I got a z-1p already :D. A bit of a beast compared to the mz5n, but it feels great with my 24-90. Now, I will soon “need” a 43 ltd to go with it some point, then the 77…

          • Remy Pascal
            August 26, 2020 at 1:43 pm

            HI Hamish,

            thanks for the answer. It seems that I can’t answer directly your comments, but well, that will do.

            For the Mzs, I already got a z-1p. A bit of a beast compared to the Mz5n, but I have a MX for the small format SLR, and you can’t beat it. The z-1p feels solid, powerful AF motor, I like to screen position on top, hyper program mode is nice, and my 24-90 fits it very well. Now I might want a Ltd prime later…

          • Hamish Gill
            September 3, 2020 at 9:34 am

            Nice! and the SFX too now … excellent!

  • Reply
    June 23, 2020 at 1:41 am

    Didn’t Pentax release a ltm version of the 43mm. That would certainly the issue of an expensive lens on an inexpensive camera😂 was surprised to see no mention of the asahi 58mm f2 that was posted on IG a few months ago. Is there still a review for this in the works?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      June 23, 2020 at 3:13 pm

      They did, yes – funnily enough, it was that lens that introduced me to the actual pentax mount version… shows how much of a Leica geek I am I suppose.
      The 58 sits separate. That’s in the sonnar lens GAS world more than the Pentax stuff gas one… 😉

  • Reply
    Michael Kay
    June 23, 2020 at 3:16 am

    You Sir, as they say, have lost the plot. 😂

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      June 23, 2020 at 3:12 pm


  • Reply
    Ian Folland
    June 23, 2020 at 8:07 am

    Interesting article. Maybe I need a 43mm limited?! It would go well with the MZ-S I bought after reading Aivaras’s article…….

    I sometimes use 67 lenses on my 35mm cameras, with Pentax’s 67 to 35mm adapter. Works well.

  • Reply
    June 23, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Now you have to try K-Mount Voigtlländer SLI lenses. Wait until you try the 2,5/125….

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      June 24, 2020 at 1:06 pm

      Shhh 😉

  • Reply
    Lee Butterley
    June 24, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    In February I was lucky enough to be given a Pentax ME-F – no rudimentary AF lens attached sadly, but it did come with the Pentax-A f/1.7 50mm, a Pentax f/1.4 50mm, a Pentax-M f/2.8 28mm and a Pentax-M f/3.5 135mm, so a complete kit totally for free. Been loving it so far, nice light machine with aperture priority shooting and electronic focus confirmation, not touched any of my other film cameras since. I doubt my poor old Zenit TTL will ever get a look in again.

    Anyway I’ve decided that the best way to manage GAS is to only accumulate what you can get for free, otherwise it never ends. Now if I only I can find somebody to give me a nice Super 8 camera…

  • Reply
    Khürt Louis Williams
    June 24, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    After spending nearly two hours flipping between M42 Lens Database and eBay browser tabs, I realised how much Pentax GAS had affected my mental health. 😃

    I fully understand. I’m in recovery, questioning every purchase, and suffering from buyers remorse.

  • Reply
    Michael McD
    June 24, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    Either you need self control or have a very targeted group of cameras you want. I have no self control regarding Minolta. I have self control regarding non-Minolta rangefinders as an example. I was targeted with Pentax and blessed that people wanted to donate four of my targets, Spotmatics, to me. Once I filled in the rest of their M42 cameras I went to the K mount. The K mount group was completed last year when I finally found a reasonable LX and had it sent out to Eric H. to tune up like all my other Pentax models. With them working beautifully I then stopped cold as the auto focus models I have no interest in.

  • Reply
    July 2, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Lovely portrait of your daughter with the 77mm lens. Pentax equipment is nice, indeed. But do warn me about succumbing to GAS. I’ve had GAS for large format recently. Lenses for $130? One day, even 4×5 will become trendy and prices will skyrocket….

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      July 5, 2020 at 8:36 pm

      4×5 is tempting me a fair bit too at the moment. I’m determined to buy a couple of bits of kit right first time though…

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