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Latest Review Posted Pentax ES II
I have the typical black version of this camera with the 55mm 1.8 SMC-Takumar, I got it from an estate auction where the previous owner had neither shot with it or bothered to keep it clean for what I imagine has been decades. The mirror was stuck up, the prism had corrosion, and the little switch which activates the meter in automatic when you depress the shutter button partially was broken. After a lot of scrubbing, scavenging, and head scratching it managed to be a fully functional camera once the culprits were replaced (I have heard that the mirror sticking is a very common issue however). Running film through it proved that the meter and shutter mechanism is still as accurate as can be!
The message to get from my story? This camera is incredibly robust and very, very reliably accurate. The improvements on circuitry from the Electrospotmatic and ES do a lot to make sure things are still working and working right 45+ years on down the line.
A lot of newer cameras are as accurate or more, but this allows the use of some truly fantastic M42 lenses with all the native tricks. It is extremely satisfying to use as well, the shutter feels solid when it fires and makes a much more satisfying sound than the mechanical spotmatics, a trivial but experience enhancing feature. For being a slightly less tricked out camera than the K2, I find the placement of the ISO and exposure comp to be in the ideal location (same as the lx, IMO) on the ESii.
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