AP and Pentax


womble

Link Posted 15/10/2020 - 12:53
In response to the latest copy of Amateur Photographer, I have written the following letter. I suspect it won't see print, so here it is:
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It was salutary to note (AP 17 Oct) that the history of AP publishing snarky comments about Pentax goes back at least as far as 1977 (I suspect Rex Hayman put the batteries in the review copy of the MX upside-down, an easy mistake). The MX is a superb film camera that was backed by an impressive array of accessories (power wind, motor drive, interchangeable view finders, data and bulk film backs and so on) and yet can be operated entirely without batteries if necessary. I have never understood the iconic status of the K1000 which is the photographer's version of wearing a hair shirt. When I went around the world a few years back, my MX came with me on the basis that if everything else failed, it would carry on. APs attitude to Pentax is leading me to seriously reconsider my subscription to the magazine, and if it were not for the fascinating columns by Tony Kemplin, John Wade and Professor Newman I would have jumped already. Perhaps my cash would be better spent buying film to feed my MXs, which after 40 years are still going strong.


Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

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smc

Link Posted 15/10/2020 - 13:38
I am amazed you still read AP. It was fun in the 80s just for the multitude of adverts and classifieds.

Mike-P

Link Posted 15/10/2020 - 13:40
I'm guessing there is an article in the latest AP that you disagree with Kris?

I don't read it any longer as I jumped long ago.
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womble

Link Posted 15/10/2020 - 14:34
Amazingly, it was their "From the archive" column looking at old issues of the magazine, in this case from 13th September 1977. As I said, if it wasn't for Tony Kemplin and John Wade I'd give-up too. I do, however, rather like their articles on old camera gear.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

womble

Link Posted 15/10/2020 - 14:37
smc wrote:
I am amazed you still read AP. It was fun in the 80s just for the multitude of adverts and classifieds.

I deliberately avoided it in the 1980s because it was on the top-shelf next to the girlie mags. We used to call it "amateur pornographer" when I worked in a newsagent in the early 1980s.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

smc

Link Posted 15/10/2020 - 16:06
There was a reason it was on the top shelf...

smc

Link Posted 15/10/2020 - 16:08
I took a look at the AP Pentax forum - most of the talk on there is about Nikon.
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womble

Link Posted 15/10/2020 - 17:28
smc wrote:
I took a look at the AP Pentax forum - most of the talk on there is about Nikon.

There's an AP Pentax forum? Who knew...
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

oldhat

Link Posted 15/10/2020 - 20:45
AP just can help themselves. They will no doubt be already busy sharpening their pencils for a negative review of the new camera.
I used to be a regular buyer but got fed up with rehashed articles, loads of sponsored "reviews" etc.
My son showed me a recent article about Olympus by their Editor.
The article concluded with this pathetic sentence "It would be tragic if Olympus were to go the way of Pentax, a brand with a once proud heritage that now exists in name only and is more associated with spectacles than cameras."

ilovesaabs

Link Posted 16/10/2020 - 00:00
Nigel Atherton clearly has his heart set on MILC - whichever brand is flavour of the month.

Damien Demolder, on the other hand, was keen on Pentax IIRC.

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was on the top-shelf next to the girlie mags. We used to call it "amateur pornographer" when I worked in a newsagent in the early 1980s.

I remember once going into a newsagent in Denbigh asking for an AP (or an OP), it was run by two old biddies before it eventually closed for good. I looked and there was none there and got a filthy look when I asked.... but when I glanced at the top shelf it was truly lined up with filth....
AKA Welshwizard/PWynneJ
Assorted Pentax/Nikon/Mamiya stuff

vic cross

Link Posted 16/10/2020 - 00:59
Many moons ago I read AP. BUT I left it and went to PP which as you all know by now is gone. SO I tried AP again on a 6 issues offer. I promptly stopped it and as some of you may have read I started asking about others. I got a lot of answers but still haven't made up my mind. AP is not what it used to be in the days of Ron Spillman.
CHEERS Vic.
Born again biker with lots of Pentax bits. Every day I wake up is a good day. I'm so old I don't even buy green bananas.
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