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08-30-2014, 07:26 PM   #1
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Hello from Miami My name is Ana Maria

Hello everyone!
I wanted to join in order to gain knowledge on my Pentax P3n from you out there the "experts". No disrespect. I want to know if this Pentax is a completely manual SLR 35 mm camera? The reason is also I am taking an Intro to Photography class black and white only. The Professor only allows fully manual. ( he has a Canon AE-1). Any thoughts ??
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I think you can consider a pentax k1000, it is a classic student's camera, all manual, cheap and easy to find.


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"Hello" back atcha from a former Maimian. My parents brought me home from Hialeah to live in "Little Havana" in 1963.

This is the place to get Pentax answers and the one above this is a good one. The K1000 is a classic manual student camera. I would go so far as to say "the" classic student camera. I understand they were a bit overpriced several years ago but you should be able to find one pretty cheap these days. Try KEH camera and look for BNG samples. The K1000 with a 50mm, f1.7 lens is the classic combo.

This is your camera: Pentax P3N/P30N - Pentax Manual Focus Film SLRs - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications

This is the K1000: Pentax K1000 - Pentax Manual Focus Film SLRs - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications

Developing your first roll of B&W film is gonna awesome.
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K1000, KM, KX, or MX, are the best bet.

If you want something cheaper then the ME super (ignore the non super variants), or program A / super program. (ME super is nicer though imo).

There are a few autofocus bodies that would be ok (z-20, z-50, z-70, sfx, mz-6, mz-7, z1-p). They won't win any awards for styling though...

In all cases you want a pentax-m 50mm f1.7 or pentax-k 55mm f1.8 lens to go with the camera. It's also worth asking about the condition of the light seals on the camera prior to purchase.

If you want something ridiculous, a pentax 645 + 75mm f2.8 lens + 120 film back. Overkill for a beginner maybe, and will cost a lot more (only 15 shots on a roll of 120). The larger negative size does however mean you get very nice scans from home developed negatives.

I'd also recommend picking up a red filter (high contrast shots), and yellow/green filter (for portraits). The exact size you need will depend on which lens you get (49mm for most pentax prime lenses).

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ana Maria Quote
from you out there the "experts"
Welcome to the forum, I guess that rules me out then, I'll just sit quietly in the corner.
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"Hello" back atcha from a former Maimian. My parents brought me home from Hialeah to live in "Little Havana" in 1963.

This is the place to get Pentax answers and the one above this is a good one. The K1000 is a classic manual student camera. I would go so far as to say "the" classic student camera. I understand they were a bit overpriced several years ago but you should be able to find one pretty cheap these days. Try KEH camera and look for BNG samples. The K1000 with a 50mm, f1.7 lens is the classic combo.

This is your camera: Pentax P3N/P30N - Pentax Manual Focus Film SLRs - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications

This is the K1000: Pentax K1000 - Pentax Manual Focus Film SLRs - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications

Developing your first roll of B&W film is gonna awesome.
Thank you my former neighbor!
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Welcome to the forum, I guess that rules me out then, I'll just sit quietly in the corner.
Very funny. Ya never stop learning!

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QuoteOriginally posted by robthebloke Quote
K1000, KM, KX, or MX, are the best bet.

If you want something cheaper then the ME super (ignore the non super variants), or program A / super program. (ME super is nicer though imo).

There are a few autofocus bodies that would be ok (z-20, z-50, z-70, sfx, mz-6, mz-7, z1-p). They won't win any awards for styling though...

In all cases you want a pentax-m 50mm f1.7 or pentax-k 55mm f1.8 lens to go with the camera. It's also worth asking about the condition of the light seals on the camera prior to purchase.

If you want something ridiculous, a pentax 645 + 75mm f2.8 lens + 120 film back. Overkill for a beginner maybe, and will cost a lot more (only 15 shots on a roll of 120). The larger negative size does however mean you get very nice scans from home developed negatives.

I'd also recommend picking up a red filter (high contrast shots), and yellow/green filter (for portraits). The exact size you need will depend on which lens you get (49mm for most pentax prime lenses).
You are awesome and I will rake your advice RTB!!!

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QuoteOriginally posted by MD Optofonik Quote
"Hello" back atcha from a former Maimian. My parents brought me home from Hialeah to live in "Little Havana" in 1963.

This is the place to get Pentax answers and the one above this is a good one. The K1000 is a classic manual student camera. I would go so far as to say "the" classic student camera. I understand they were a bit overpriced several years ago but you should be able to find one pretty cheap these days. Try KEH camera and look for BNG samples. The K1000 with a 50mm, f1.7 lens is the classic combo.

This is your camera: Pentax P3N/P30N - Pentax Manual Focus Film SLRs - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications

This is the K1000: Pentax K1000 - Pentax Manual Focus Film SLRs - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications

Developing your first roll of B&W film is gonna awesome.
Yessir, I am looking forward to doing so!

---------- Post added 08-31-14 at 07:58 AM ----------

QuoteOriginally posted by blacklens Quote
I think you can consider a pentax k1000, it is a classic student's camera, all manual, cheap and easy to find.


Pentax Manual Focus Film SLRs - Pentax Pentax Film Cameras - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications
Thank you for taking the time to help me decipher. Photography is all new to me, therefore as a beginner I appreciate your comment.

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QuoteOriginally posted by blacklens Quote
I think you can consider a pentax k1000, it is a classic student's camera, all manual, cheap and easy to find.


Pentax Manual Focus Film SLRs - Pentax Pentax Film Cameras - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications
Thanks my new friend I will take that advice!
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Bonjour from France and welcome to PF, Ana Maria ... Hope to see some images soon. Salut, J


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Bonjour from France and welcome to PF, Ana Maria ... Hope to see some images soon. Salut, J
Saludos from Miami Jean. Merci!
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I recommend either the K1000 SE or ME Super. Both excellent fully manual cameras with split image screen!
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going b&w and fully manual is a good idea. it will be harder at first but will pay off in the long run
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Thanks to all of you! I have confirmed the DX issue. Learned how to clean my camera, and as soon as I receive the Canon AE1 I am shooting away the rolls of film.
Ana

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Hello Alcazar, that is basically how I feel.
How is Stuttgart? I hear a lot of great things about it. And I know the economy is doing very well!
Thanks.
Ana
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Very funny. Ya never stop learning!
Unfortunately I'm now at the age where "you can't teach an old dog new tricks"

If you can... I can't remember you did shortly afterwards.
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