After using almost nothing but my phone camera and the Lumix FZ38 bridge camera for about eight months, I had the urge yesterday to return to a DSLR.
And of course to this Pentax devotee, that means only one option.
Well, only one brand, I should say, I do have four Pentax DSLRs.
One of these is actually a Pentax in Samsung clothing, from the time when the two companies collaborated.
The GX-1S is a clone of a Pentax *ist DS2 I understand, one of the higher end models from Pentax’s first – and still fondly used – line of DSLRs.
Though a mere teenager in years, the circa 2006 Samsung is positively ancient in digital camera terms, and I would guess has had at least 15 successors of some kind from the Pentax stable since.
Essentially I use these DSLRs in two ways.
First, as a modern digital body to enjoy my beloved old M42 lenses, giving them ongoing life as I don’t shoot film with the 35mm cameras they were made for any more.
Second, with newer K mount lenses, sometimes still manual focus and aperture, but more often automatic.
So the GX-1S paired with the SMC Pentax DA 35/2.4 makes a delightfully small, light, and almost point-and-shoot-esque camera, just with more control over depth of field and other factors with the APS-C sensor.
And it’s the latter combination I opted for with my reunion photowalk with the Samsung.
As always, it just performed without fuss, being simple enough to allow me to focus on composition, focus and depth of field, without endless fiddling with options I’d forgotten, or searching for functions buried in menus.
In many ways this approach is very much how I’ve been using the Lumix FZ38 in recent months.
Indeed the two cameras look very similar in shape, just the Samsung is obviously a little bigger and weightier, but with enough extra control to make that worthwhile.
So is this the start of another summer fling with the GX-1S?
I don’t know yet, but for now I’m certainly keen to get out and shoot some more colour photographs with it and the DA 35/2.4 and perhaps explore one or two of those magical old M42 lenses again too.
Which of your cameras is like an old friend you love returning to after a season or two apart?
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