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09-04-2013, 11:27 AM   #1
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I have a Pentax SLR 35mm film camera that I have had for about 30 years and have lost the documentation. Is there any way to identify the model number. I can not find any marking on the outside or inside that look like a model number. There is a serial no. 3078868 stamped on the bottom, but that is all.

09-04-2013, 11:35 AM   #2
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Please post a photo of it or try to match it with one of the cameras in our database:

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Is there a way for you to post a picture or a link to a picture?
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Once you have identified it, you might find the manual here: PENTAX MANUALS

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OK, I just noticed the MV on the front, so I guess that's the model.
I have three good lenses with the camera and would like to upgrade to a Digital SLR. Will the lenses that fit this MV fit any newer digital cameras?
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QuoteOriginally posted by robertd202 Quote
OK, I just noticed the MV on the front, so I guess that's the model.
I have three good lenses with the camera and would like to upgrade to a Digital SLR. Will the lenses that fit this MV fit any newer digital cameras?
Yup, that's definitely a MV. All your old lenses will work with Pentax DSLRs, so have no worries Just follow these instructions once you get the camera:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-lens-articles/110657-how-use-meter...k-x-k-7-a.html

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QuoteOriginally posted by robertd202 Quote
OK, I just noticed the MV on the front, so I guess that's the model.
I have three good lenses with the camera and would like to upgrade to a Digital SLR. Will the lenses that fit this MV fit any newer digital cameras?
Yup.

You can use any K-mount lens with a modern Pentax DSLR, albeit with some extra steps to stop down meter and the like.

If you have a screw mount lens, you can get an adapter that will allow you to use it as well. One of Pentax's strong points is the fact that the lenses that worked on your new camera in 1983 work on your new camera in 2013.

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And here's the manual: http://www.pentax-manuals.com/manuals/mf/pentax_mv_manual_s.pdf

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QuoteOriginally posted by robertd202 Quote
I just noticed the MV on the front
Aye, you've cracked it.
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Just remember that a lens made before AF was invented will never have AF. Though, Pentax DSLRs do allow catch in focus, so you can still use AF confirm.
You should take a look at the K-30 and K-50 (practically identical, main difference is in how they look. K-50 is newer) Pentax cameras. A K-500 if you are on a budget, or a used K-r maybe.
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Out of curiosity what lenses do you have?

From the photo looks like a 50mm f2.0.

I would guess the others are probably a 28mm or 35mm and a tele or zoom like a 135mm or a 80-200/70-210mm zoom.
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