|Commemorative medal from the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation|
I took these photographs in 1984 with a Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic camera with 55mm f/1.8 Super-Takumar and 28mm f/3.5 SMC Takumar lenses. The 55mm lens is one of the late-1960s production with a thorium element, which has turned slightly yellow with time. The film was the ultra-fine-grained Kodak Technical Pan film, which I exposed at ISO 25. This was an emulsion developed for the military or for microfilming purposes. It was very contrasty unless you used the special Kodak Technidol developer, and even then was hard to use. I only experimented with Technical Pan one more time, and that was in Greece (another set of negatives to scan one day...).
I scanned the negatives with a Plustek 7600i film scanner using Silverfast software.
The Spotmatic is still in good condition, and I recently used it in Vicksburg with Tri-X film. As always, I am amazed at the superb quality of these mid-century optics.