This week I was given a beautiful Pentax Spotmatic SP kit. Hard as I try, film cameras seem to gravitate this way. I am immensely grateful for this beautiful camera. I have come to love camera history and the Spotmatic has a grand place there, being the first camera to have through the lens metering. Unfortunately the meter on this one does not work, but a hand held meter fills in the gap. The shutter speeds seem to be accurate from my negatives. I am especially glad to have this camera given the wonderful work my friend Kali Herdman performs with it using her mother’s passed-down Spottie. The kit came with three beautiful Takumar lenses, a 50m F 1.4, 28mm F3.5 and 135mm F3.5. These images were shot on April Fools Day usurped by cold rain salted with a smatter of snow. I used the 50mm lens. It is a jewel as is the camera. The camera is smooth and sure. I like that I can rest my thumb on the winding lever for stability. I did little to no editing of these images but for removal of dust on some. This camera was a joy to use and I foresee using it often in the future. Hard as I try, dust glues itself to negatives, perhaps someone can suggest a remedy for this. The 50mm lens is sharp and contrasty and the 1.4 gives lots of low light flexibility caveated by the paper thin depth of field. Film used was Ilford HP5+ and it was developed in Kodak HC 110 Dilution E. I used my trusted Sekonic L398M meter, a great accurate tool. This week I visited Peter Carvelli and we fiddled with 4 X 5 cameras in his basement, photographing some flowers. I will probably use them for my next post regardless of the quality of the images. I don’t have any acumen with large format, movements, etc., but I am keen to learn. Until next week, Me.