The technical stuff:
Type: Single Lens Reflex
Lens: Asahi Super Takumar f1.7 55mm
Shutter: Focal Plane Cloth Blind 1sec -
An original Asahi Pentax pre-Spotmatic
manual camera with accessory clip on light meter.
Such excitement when I spotted this in a
charity shop window for £10. Sadly when I checked it out, apart from
needing a major clean, the shutter was sticking. The first blind fired ok
but the closure blind sauntered across the gap as if
it had all the time in the world. I pointed out the fault to the staff in
the shop who said they would withdraw it until the manager had a look.
Anyway, 2 days later I look in the window and it's back but reduced to
only £5. Naturally I snapped it up straight away and took it home for
some tlc. After a little encouragement the shutter woke up and the rest of
the camera was given a good clean. By now I had become a bit suspicious
about the lens but decided to go ahead and try it out.
Just north of Banbury is a small village
called Cropredy with the Oxfordshire Canal running through it and it
looked like a good target for some shooting. I was right on that count it
was a beautiful little village and very photogenic. Unfortunately my
suspicions about the lens were founded, it appears to have spots on one of
the inner elements and produces numerous small white blobs on the
pictures. However with a bit of cropping and some post
processing I have managed to produce some decent images. I'm now on the
lookout for a replacement Takumar lens, meanwhile I have others including
the wide angle Hoya used here.
It's not the lens after all. I have
now used other lenses with it and have had the same effect, this is
I have now moved to the possibility of stray light
bouncing around inside the chamber, the kick down lever is a bit polished
and shiny and there were one or two scratches in the paint. So I have
blacked everything and am ready to try again. I have isolated the
problem, it turns out to be a perforated shutter blind. I have treated the
offending blind and, hopefully, now I will get better results.