Pentax SFXn sample pictures

When we recently when on holiday to Gloucestershire I took some film camera’s with me as well as my Pentax K-5, and these are some of the pictures I took with one of those cameras – a Pentax SFXn 35mm slr.

Because I was using the K-5 as my main camera for the trip it made sense to make sure the film cameras I took were also K mount cameras  so the lenses could be shared. For that reason I took the SFXn loaded with Fuji Superia 400 and an MZ-M loaded with Kentmere 400 B&W film (as it happens, I picked up a Minolta Dynax 505 Si Super just before we went so I sneaked that into the luggage as well). Although I’ve owned the SFXn for a couple of years I’d not shot any film in it other than an initial test roll which turned out poorly.

I mainly used it in Aperture priority mode and had the 28 – 80mm zoom fitted most of the time, although a couple of the shots below were taken using my Tamron 10-24mm super wide angle. I was interested to see that when the Tamron was fitted, once the focal length was above about 14mm the image circle was larger than the full frame SFXn and looked ok. The macro shots were taken with a Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro lens.

All the shots relied on the internal metering of the SFXn and were auto focused. I had them developed by Photo Express in Hull and had the scans saved as Tiff files rather than Jpeg to see if there was any improvement in the quality of the files. All the images were imported into Lightroom and had a very small amount of exposure and clarity adjustment before they were exported as jpegs. (Full size pictures here – navigate with arrow keys)



Categories: film, holiday, Pentax, Photography, Reviews, Takumar/Pentax, Vintage

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5 replies

  1. Hi Simon, I too own a second hand Pentax SFXn and love taking photos with it. I am using some out of date Ilford FP4 with a shutter speed of 50 and the results have been excellent. I have developed them using a Caffenol recipe (see hopaboard,wordpress.com).

    I have a question for you. I would like to create some double exposures in camera using the Pentax. Is this something you have ever tried or know how to go about doing?

    • Hi

      It’s not something I’ve tried although when I looked back at my original article about the SFXn I found that I wrote that it’s possible with the camera. I guess the real problem with film double exposures is the registration between the first and subsequent pictures – although perhaps that isn’t a problem, perhaps that’s the fun part !

      Good luck with your attempts.

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