6th PENTAX DAY (PART I)
By Ermanno Barchiesi
The 6th Pentax Day took place on the nice west coast of Liguria, at the
Grand Hotel di Arenzano, about 20 Km from Genoa. The Grand Hotel is an impressive and
elegant building featuring early 20th century architecture. It can attract the most
distinguished customers, offering them top-level services. As an example, during the
Pentax Day, the Genoa football team was there.
Setting up the event was truly demanding for member Gianfranco Chesi,
who was practically alone in managing all the activities. He was also short of luck, as he
broke his heel just before the event. However, his dedication continued, so that
Gianfranco was able to carry out the job with some help from the club.
As planned, the opening to the public was at 9 a.m. Members and their
companions started crowding the nice hall we had.
On both sides of the admission corridor, some captivating images by
Arnaldo Calanca introduced visitors to the main hall. There, to your left you could see
the club registration and meeting table, while on the right the club showcases were there
to show you this years one-day museum.
On sides of the hall were the tables of Manfrotto to the left and
Ferrania and Il Fotografo magazine on the right. Protege was opposite the entrance,
together with Tecno 2000, the service center checking visitors cameras and lenses.
Manfrotto also set up a nice photo set with backdrops and lights for model shooting.
Display panels in the central area of the hall were showing the many
pictures of AOHC group exhibition and two individual exhibitions of the underwritten. In
fact, I wanted to show images of two different places being far in space and even more in
time. I wanted to highlight how different our world can be, without you need to go so far
from your living area.
The first series concerned the Defence in Paris, the modern district
where architecture casts into the future. The second series was made in a village in
Salerno province, abandoned by its inhabitants one century ago so that it remained as it
At the welcome table members could get some gifts like the Pentax
Calendar and the meal voucher offered by Protege. In addition to Issue 28 of Spotmatic,
the gadget the club made this year was distributed: an AOHC embroidered badge that you can
stitch on your photo vest or bag.
The day museum was celebrating 25 years of the K1000 and 20 years of
the MEF, the first 35mm autofocus SLR put on sale.
Many variations of the K1000 were present: the standard model, a
cornerstone of SLR photography, and some special versions like the SE for the
North-American market and the K1000 Anniversary, maybe the only exclusive SLR for the
Italian market only. Made by the former Pentax importer in 1994, it was intended for
celebrating 25 years of their partnership with Pentax. We do hope we wont have to
wait so long to see another special version of a Pentax SLR from Protege.
Then, you could see the rare K1000 Post (made for the French Postal
Service without the shutter speed dial, hence with just one shutter speed) and some
Chinese clones of the K1000: the MINGCA and the GALILEO, featuring black finish,
self-timer and meter readouts via LED in place of needle.
The MEF, a derivative of the ME Super, was made in a single variation.
However, we also had on display a camera complete with its 35-70 f/2.8 autofocus zoom lens
which was perfectly sectioned along its optical axis.
All of the M-series cameras, which started in 1976 with the MX and ME,
were on display: ME Super, MV, MV-1, MG, and their descendants Super A and Program A. A
K2DMD, a KX MD, an LX and a curious transparent PZ1 completed the showcase of recent
The section dedicated to screw mount cameras saw the Tower 23
(Asahiflex IA), the Asahiflex IIA and the Asahi Pentax AP, K, S2, S1A, SP, SP500, SP MD,
SP1000, SPF MD, Electro Spotmatic, and the Heiland Pentax H1.
Of course there were also many lenses, both in screw mount and bayonet.
Among them you can spot the 500 f5 for the Asahiflex, the 15 f3.5 and the 17 f4 Fish-eye,
and the 70-150 f4.5, 45-125 f4 and 85-210 f4.5 screw mount zoom lenses. Among the bayonet
mount lenses on display, it is worthy to mention the 120 f2.8, the 85 f2.2 Soft, and the
400-600 f8-12 mirror zoom lens.
The camera display also saw a complete Auto 110 outfit and the medium
format 645. This year we wanted to show a wide selection of accessories. Among them, the
flash units Super Lite II, Autorobo and AF080C, clip-on meters and the rare Dial Data back
for the MX.
Quite a lot of this equipment was supplied by Dino Fadelli, hence a
special thanks goes to him, without forgetting all the other members who contributed to
put together a nice historical display.
6th Pentax Day Report (Part II)
6th Pentax Day Report (Part III)
6th Pentax Day Report (Part IV)