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08-30-2018, 03:43 PM - 1 Like   #1
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A rare pair! MF and MF-1

Here's a shot of a couple of rare beasts in my collection...



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No worries, they are lovely wherever they land!
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Very nice. Out of curiosity...do auto modes work?
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Good question - as I recall yes, but as you can imagine they are more collectors items than for everyday use (unless I open my own medical clinic but I doubt that would go well lol).

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I am asking because I had the MF-1 and I think the auto mode didn't work.
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Fair question. Iíll try it when I get a moment.
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I have an MF and a number of questions, maybe you can help? Do you happen to have a manual for either of the cameras?

The auto exposure seems to be a bit all over the place; maybe it is spot-metering, can you confirm?

Also, there might be something wrong with my aperture lever on the camera, or maybe that is how it is supposed to work? It seems to not have the full deflection that a normal Pentax would have, at least on some lenses, and I wasn't sure if this was a difference due to the intended lens & usage of the camera, or if it needs service?

I also have an MF-1, but I haven't really investigated that one much. Perhaps comparing the two could help me answer my questions as well.
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If I am not mistaken they were used for medical purposes so it wouldn't surprise me if some of the features were different to those in regular MEs

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It would be interesting to find out more about these. What differs between them?
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MF is half-frame, MF-1 is full frame, which may be the only difference?


And the obvious difference from the ME seems to be the viewfinder and metering, and the manual shutter speed is 1/4 instead of 1/100.


Plus the indicators in the viewfinder are just lights and you can't see the labels for them, because the viewfinder image is masked to be circular (or half-frame-cropped circular).

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They did not come with manuals. They are in my collection, I have to confess I've never shot with them. Sorry!!

QuoteOriginally posted by leekil Quote
I have an MF and a number of questions, maybe you can help? Do you happen to have a manual for either of the cameras?

The auto exposure seems to be a bit all over the place; maybe it is spot-metering, can you confirm?

Also, there might be something wrong with my aperture lever on the camera, or maybe that is how it is supposed to work? It seems to not have the full deflection that a normal Pentax would have, at least on some lenses, and I wasn't sure if this was a difference due to the intended lens & usage of the camera, or if it needs service?

I also have an MF-1, but I haven't really investigated that one much. Perhaps comparing the two could help me answer my questions as well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by leekil Quote
MF is half-frame, MF-1 is full frame, which may be the only difference?


And the obvious difference from the ME seems to be the viewfinder and metering, and the manual shutter speed is 1/4 instead of 1/100.


Plus the indicators in the viewfinder are just lights and you can't see the labels for them, because the viewfinder image is masked to be circular (or half-frame-cropped circular).
It would be really interesting to see a listing of these specialized (and rare) camera variants.
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Here's a newer model of the same type of thing:

MM-2, based on P3
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