The Heiland Pentax H1, Honeywell Pentax H1, or Pentax S1 is a manual, mechanical SLR from the 1960s. It uses M42 screw mount lenses, which gives it cross-compatibility with a variety of lenses from the time period. This camera is paired with a Petri 55mm f/1.8 CC-Auto lens.
This budget-friendly kit does not have a built-in light meter, but could easily work as someone's first SLR paired with an external meter, or a smartphone light meter app (there are many of them). Manually setting each exposure reinforces the lessons of learning to shoot with an SLR if your goal is really to think through each frame and learn how the ISO, aperture, and shutter speed operate to make each exposure.
This fast Petri lens (originally paired with a Petri camera, works on M42 screw-mount systems) is a fun way to get soft, smooth, vintage-looking bokeh. This is a good lens to read reviews of and look at sample photos of online; people enjoy seeking out vintage lenses like this one specifically because of their optical characteristics. This lens has a clickless aperture ring, meaning you rotate it through all possible aperture values without the lens clicking to a stop at each standard aperture.
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