Camera/s

It's that time of year when, I attempt to coax aspiring photographers away from the 'P', 'A' or 'Tv' settings on their cameras. For many many years we at PIC photographic imaging college used the ever trusty Pentax k1000. Simple, solid reliable, durable [even in student hands] an all round great beginners camera. No clumsy interface, no strange dials, one that could take a photo without a battery even.

When pic first bought a digital camera, a Canon 350d, it was ruined beyond repair in it's 1st year of life. By contrast, most of our Pentax K1000's are more than 15 years old and some are over 20 All still going great guns, even after numerous trips to the the camera technician.

The principles of exposure, depth of field, focus, and good picture making, have not changed. All the controls on a camera I need to teach someone how to make good images, are; manual aperture control, manual shutter control, manual focus, [d.o.f of field scales on a lens would be handy too] a tripod mount, and the ability to add a cable release. I care not whether these controls are electronic or mechanical.

Now, call me an idealist, but surely would it not be in the interests of camera manufacturers world wide to make such a camera? We enrol enough students to employ 6 full-time teaching staff and several assistants and technicians year in year out for more than 20 years. We still have over 30 Pentax K100's in our store, we have associated lenses of several focal lengths, filters UV, and coloured, cable releases macro lenses and close-up re-copying facilities, the lenses are all 'K' mounts .

I dream of a digital camera, that has minimal electronics, shutter aperture and white balance controls and no more, with a "normal focal length lens as standard, with d.o.f scales marked accordingly, with the ability to add a cheap cable release, and of course a tripod mount.

Canon, Nikon, anyone?

... crickets....

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