Provenance... Things that somehow survive (What you can find when having a clear out!)


Jetsam1

Link Posted 25/01/2011 - 16:53
It turns out the Spotmatic F I always thought was my Grandad's was actually my Dad's! I found a load of paperwork including original receipt with serial numbers, manual and guarentee card with the plastic wallet. An original set of everything...... Just missing boxes.

Anyway on a whim did a check of serial numbers and both the Spotmatic F body and the the 55mm Super Takumar lens correspond to the bill of sale. And there we go...... This kit cost my Dad 139 in 1975........

I just find stuff like this interesting...... Don't know if anyone else does!
K5, K200 and several film Pentax cameras!

johnriley

Link Posted 25/01/2011 - 16:56
In 1975, that would have been more than I could have afforded. I just managed an SP1000 for 97.50 about a year after that.

That SP1000 set me on my photographic road properly - prior to that it had been much cheaper cameras with much inferior results.
Best regards, John

Dangermouse

Link Posted 25/01/2011 - 17:01
I also find it intriguing. My Dad still has his K2 with M 50/1.7 and original manual, and is under strict instructions never to sell it even though he has a K7 now.

I recently bought a black Pentax ME which came with original strap, case, lens cap (these usually go walkabout) and manual. In the back of the manual was a slip recording the camera serial number which matches that on the body. I guess it must have come from a house clearance or similar (the seller apparently sells items on behalf of other people), but it'll be used carefully and very much appreciated here.
Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.

Jetsam1

Link Posted 25/01/2011 - 17:03
My Dad probably couldn't really afford it at the time either! He would have been early 20's or so. Getting obsessive about things....... Makes me want to use this kit more and more, seeing as my Dad is no longer with us and he got got years of use out of this camera, seems fitting that I aim to get at least 40 plus years out of it.

Edit. It has the "10 million" red and black strap as well, I believe this is unusual too.
K5, K200 and several film Pentax cameras!
Last Edited by Jetsam1 on 25/01/2011 - 17:05

Mannesty

Link Posted 25/01/2011 - 17:10
In a similar vein, but not photography related, when I moved house in 2006 I came across the original receipt for the first PC I had bought for my business.

It was a Panrix something or other with a very fast 133MHz Pentium III CPU, 512Mb RAM, a big SCSI disk (of it's time), SCSI CD-ROM, a modem for dialup internet, and the usual screen, kbd & mouse.

It cost 3500.00, but very soon paid for itself.

I showed the invoice to my son, who promptly fell over.
Peter E Smith

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petrochemist

Link Posted 25/01/2011 - 17:13
Jetsam1 wrote:
It turns out the Spotmatic F I always thought was my Grandad's was actually my Dad's! I found a load of paperwork including original receipt with serial numbers, manual and guarentee card with the plastic wallet. An original set of everything...... Just missing boxes.

Anyway on a whim did a check of serial numbers and both the Spotmatic F body and the the 55mm Super Takumar lens correspond to the bill of sale. And there we go...... This kit cost my Dad 139 in 1975........


Sound to me as if the story about it being your grandad's might have been because he couldn't afford it either! If my wife find out how much I've spent on photography, it could make it expensive in other ways...
Mike
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Pentax:K7, K100D, DA18-55, DA10-17, DA55-300, DA50-200, F100-300, F50, DA35 AL, 4* M50, 2* M135, Helicoid extension, Tak 300 f4 (& 6 film bodies)
3rd Party: Bigmos (Sigma 150-500mm OS HSM),2* 28mm, 100mm macro, 28-200 zoom, 35-80 zoom, 80-200 zoom, 80-210 zoom, 300mm M42, 600 mirror, 1000-4000 scope, 50mm M42, enlarger lenses, micro 4/3 cameras with various PK mounts, Zenit E...
Far to many tele-converters, adapters, project parts & extension tubes etc.

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Jetsam1

Link Posted 25/01/2011 - 17:30
petrochemist wrote:
Sound to me as if the story about it being your grandad's might have been because he couldn't afford it either! If my wife find out how much I've spent on photography, it could make it expensive in other ways...

Heh heh! My Grandad had one as well, and we had both until my Dad sold my Grandad's to fund his first digital camera..... I got confused over which Spotmatic F was kept!
K5, K200 and several film Pentax cameras!

greynolds999

Link Posted 25/01/2011 - 17:48
Mannesty wrote:
In a similar vein, but not photography related, when I moved house in 2006 I came across the original receipt for the first PC I had bought for my business.

It was a Panrix something or other with a very fast 133MHz Pentium III CPU, 512Mb RAM, a big SCSI disk (of it's time), SCSI CD-ROM, a modem for dialup internet, and the usual screen, kbd & mouse.

It cost 3500.00, but very soon paid for itself.

I showed the invoice to my son, who promptly fell over.

A few years ago,when a 500Mb hard drive was still pretty big I was working for a small software company. I found an old invoice for the annual lease on a 10kb (yes, 10 kilobyte) hard drive from around 1980. It was 1,000 a year!
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Mike-P

Link Posted 25/01/2011 - 18:10
Mannesty wrote:

I showed the invoice to my son, who promptly fell over.

To be fair those Canon bodies are quite heavy.
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Dangermouse

Link Posted 25/01/2011 - 20:50
I still have a few working 500mb drives. Can't bring myself to chuck them as they've lasted this long.
Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.

cabstar

Link Posted 25/01/2011 - 21:45
I have a receipt for 4 megabytes of memory for my Amiga 1200 135 & it included an fpu unit of all things

I also had a 20 megabyte hard drive for my amiga 500 circa 1988, cost me 300 I was earning 70 a week back then
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Concert photography

Currently on a Pentax hiatus until an FF Pentax is released

Dangermouse

Link Posted 26/01/2011 - 21:32
Interestingly some early computer hardware is now climbing in value again. Look at the price of a good BBC B on ebay.

I've been given two over the past few years, the first came with some slightly rare extras and spare add-ons which were fitted to the second. Both now have a blistering 64k of RAM!
Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.

cabstar

Link Posted 26/01/2011 - 22:21
oh i loved the bbc b, had a speech synthesiszer in mine which was amazing in 1983
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Concert photography

Currently on a Pentax hiatus until an FF Pentax is released

Clarky

Link Posted 27/01/2011 - 06:11
I was fishing around in my attic a few years ago and found an old Sydney Newspaper, Daily Telegraph Dec 10 1965, while having a browse through it I found the weekly "Photo Page" It had an advert for a Spotmatic, Describing it as the new concept in photographic design. Selling for the grand sum of 105, We changed over to decimal currency in 1966.

What is strange is my house was built in 1980 so I don't know where the newspaper came from or who put it there.

here's a few pics






Camera:|K-7|
Pentax Lenses:|DA12-24/f4 ED AL|DA35Ltd Macro|FA31Ltd|FA77Ltd|FA50/1.4|F70-210|FA20-35 f4/AL|A*200/f4 Macro ED|A50/1.7|A50 Macro f2.8|1.7xAF adapter|
Voigtlander|125/f2.5SL Macro APO Lanthar|
Sigma Lenses:|EX DG 100-300 f4|2X & 1.4X TC|
Flashes:|AF540FGZx2|RingFlash AF160FC|

Algernon

Link Posted 27/01/2011 - 09:09
It doesn't mention if it comes with a lens. If it does it's
probably cheaper than in the UK. I paid about 120 for a
Spotmatic and f/1.8 in about 1969. With the f/1.4 it would
have been about 160 (Jessops)
Half Man... Half Pentax ... Half Cucumber

Pentax K-1 + K-5 and some other stuff

Algi
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