Well, I just had to get a Pentax K-1000. This camera has had a remarkable history. It has the distinction of being the longest in production film camera- ever. Here's an interesting account of it's features and history.
Last updated 10/27/09
[Update Sept 26, 2009] I really should say more about this great camera. As you can see below, it takes great pictures. There's a story behind this combo with the zoom lens. I bought the camera body at the Camera Shop (as shown below - with the Kodak sign). That camera came with the standard lens. Later, I bought another camera on eBay. That camera body arrived DOA but the lens is such an excellent find that I decided to keep the whole combo. Note the second set of photos below. I think the macro feature does a great job. The other pics on that set really tells the story. The whole combo really takes great pictures.
The nice thing about the K-1000 is that the shutter is completely mechanical -- that is, you do not have to worry about the battery going flat. The battery only runs the match-the-needle light meter.
[Update Oct 25, 2009] I got another K1000! This one was hard to pass up. It's like new. There are no marks on it -- at all. I have already taken it for a test shoot and the results are really great. See below -- the drama of the killing of a young oak tree.
BTW: that stuff in the background is my other hobby -- Amateur Radio. The 'rig' is a Yaesu FT-301S. Enough blabbing for now -- Here are some pictures of my 'test run' of the zoom lens, taken from a trail in front of my home along a hiking road going by the Massabesic lake, Manchester, NH. Click on the image to view a larger image. Oh yeah -- to get back from viewing the larger image, hit your back button.
Test run with my K1000. Taken in 2005.
Test run with my 'new' 35 - 70 Tamron lens.
My second K1000 - a test shoot.
I'll add a picture of the second K1000 soon. I went along the same trail as above - October 25, 2009. It was a windy day but I wanted to get a test roll off to Ritz before the end of the day. Late in the fall afternoon, I'm surprised at the results. The wind made some of the macros difficult.
2007 Fall Near-Fest flea market