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Broken Asahi Pentax Spotmatic

Aperture—ƒ/5.6Credit—Khürt L. WilliamsCamera—NIKON D5100Caption—Asahi Pentax SpotmaticTaken—4 November, 2017Copyright—© 2017 Khürt L. WilliamsFocal length—35mmISO—160Keywords—Asahi Pentax Spotmatic, BrokenShutter speed—1/250sTitle—Broken. When I was a kid growing up in the St. Vincent & the Grenadines1 my dad would take us on road trip out to the countryside. Note, this was on an island that is 345 kilometre 2 (133 miles2). A road trip isn’t more than a 10-15 minutes drive. But as a kid, it felt as though we were traveling for hours over great distances. Sometimes, these trips were to the top of a part of the volcanic ridge that bisects the island. Other times it was to a previous unexplored beach along the coastline. For me, it always felt like an adventure. My father often brought his camera, an Asahi Pentax Spotmatic II film camera. The Spotmatic was introduced by Asahi in 1964 and was the first camera to sell well with Through-the-Lens light meterinIn many ways, my dad is the first photographer I knew personally. My dad was an aloof father so I can’t say he taught me about photography but watching him take photos of us during our mini adventures left me with some pleasant memories. The camera in this photo is the same Asahi Pentax Spotmatic my dad used when I was a kid. My mom found it a few years ago while cleaning out for a move. I was excited to have it. But … it’s broken. I replaced the battery but stripped the screws on the battery compartment in the process. The shutter works …

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