Digging out my 12-year-old Pentax K-7 along with an assortment of even older1 manual lenses (among them an incredibly cheap 500 mm behemoth) and manipulating all these delightfully physical and slightly janky2 bits and bobs into taking sometimes-not-blurry photographs and videos of birds has helped keep my spirits up during this seemingly-never-ending pandemic.
Here, in no particular3 order, are some4 of my favorites.
Pentax hasn’t fundamentally changed the lens mount on their SLRs since the mid-70s, which preserves partial compatibility with generations of lenses. ↩
One lens, for example, refuses to stop itself down unless held in a certain orientation. And the camera’s port covering fell off a while ago, renderings it not-quite-as-weather-proof-as-originally-advertised (which is moot, anyway, because none of my lenses are weather-proof in the slightest). ↩
I suppose they are ordered by one criterion: The first’s from a walk, the rest have been taken through my apartment windows during various levels of state-or-self-dictated lockdown. ↩
There’s more on my Tumblr-hosted photo blog (it’s past time to migrate to something self-hosted, and I’ve actually started development on that… but work on it kind of stalled a few months ago) and, occasionally, in my Twitter timeline. I might also update this post if I capture any more good shots. ↩