I keep coming back to Kodak Gold 200 for a number of reasons. Reason 1 is the price. In Canada I can purchase a 24 exposure 3 pack from Walmart for only $12.99, that’s only $4.33 a roll or 18 cents a frame. Now that’s cheap. Reason number 2 is it’s unique look that tends to favour warm tones even in mid-day light. These shot’s were taken on a Pentax PC35-AFM point and shoot camera, a true thrift store gem.
The journey of shooting film after many years of shooting digital sometimes feels like you're starting all over again. Such was the last roll of Tri-X I shot on a very simple point and shoot that I nabbed from the local Mission thrift store. I spotted this camera still in its factory box and noticed right away that it had an f2.8 aperture. This usually means one thing, it was in it's day more of a prosumer than consumer type of camera. I was making a work trip to one of the northern most places I had ever visited and as always I tend to bring a camera with me. One of the great things about a point and shoot 35mm camera is that you can go about your day and not really pay that much attention at all to the settings. This is important to me when I travel for work because I don't have to necessarily commit to anything I can just shoot casually.
The Pentax PC35AF is actually a pretty versatile little camera. It has pretty sharp 35mm f2.8 lens that is concealed behind an 80's style sliding door for protection with a spring loaded release that feels nothing short of snappy. The PC35 sports a selectable ISO range between 100 and a 1000 with an additional switch that pushes an additional 1.5 stops of light should you be in a backlit type situation. What is specifically great about this 80's shooter is that it has a pretty great zone auto focus system to boot.
Over all I quite like this camera. It's not as small and compact as some of the cult cameras people are paying crazy amounts of dollars for but for a $5 thrift store find I was more than pleased. In fact the tiny bit of extra bulk makes this camera much more enjoyable for me to hand hold. Below are selection of images I shot. The film I used was Tri-X 400 pushed to 1000 (Because that's the max the Pentax will go). I then developed it in Ilfosol 3 for 11.5 min with a dilution of 1-9. Check out the grainy goodness below.