I started taking photographs with my mom's Kodak Brownie camera when I was a little boy, and that really sparked something in me with photography. I think we had a few other cameras in the house. I remember a Polaroid camera, but my first real camera was a Pentax K1000 that I bought from Sears picking it out of the catalog. They actually had a photography catalog. I saved my money, and for $99 I got it. And like any other teenager I took photos of family and friends. I kept that camera that I bought in the mid '70s until 1981 when I sold it. I replaced it with the Pentax MX, an upgrade from the K1000. It was produced from 1976 until 1985 and was Pentax's Flagship Professional SLR until the introduction of the Pentax LX. This is a fully mechanical camera and manual camera. It has a button battery that operates the light meter only. This is a great student camera. And it is built like a small tank, much smaller camera than Canon and Nikon cameras in 1976. I have a Canon Canonet 19 Rangefinder camera, and the Pentax SLR is much smaller that it is and about the same size of my Sony A6300 mirrorless camera.
Because I have started my film project this year, I have started using it again and it works as well as it did when I first got it in 1982. I did replace the light seals, but mechanically it is very sound and the best of my film cameras to date. I have an assortment of lenses ranging from 28mm to 500mm, but my favorite is the 50mm f1.7 and a 35-70mm push pull zoom I have for it. This camera just makes shooting fun. You can find them on Ebay now, but they are not the most popular cameras around. But you can find them fairly cheap. Don't think I will ever part with mine.