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09-06-2015, 04:43 AM   #1
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Pentax Asahi Rotating Angle Finder 2x Magnifier. For LX etc. Rare! Mint!

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Pentax Asahi Rotating Angle Finder, 1x-2x Magnifier. For LX etc. Rare! Mint!

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10-19-2015, 06:22 AM   #4
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I'm just curious -- is this the Refconverter-M or the Refconverter-A ? (A potential buyer might want to know.) I can't tell from your two images -- you need to see the mounting face to tell. (This difference wouldn't matter for use on an LX or an ME Super, for example, but would matter to someone using a Super Program or Super A, etc.)

See http://www.bdimitrov.de/kmp/misc/focus/refconverter-AM.jpg

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Hi Fred:
Would it fit and work on a modern Pentax K3 camera? I would think that it would but I don't know for certain.
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QuoteOriginally posted by XLXW Quote
Hi Fred:
Would it fit and work on a modern Pentax K3 camera? I would think that it would but I don't know for certain.
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Well, I have the Refconverter-A (introduced after the Refconverter-M, to show the digital readout at the viewfinder bottom on the Super Program (etc.) bodies), and it works great on my K-3 (after sliding the built-in eyepiece rubber whatchamacallit off, of course), including showing the digital readout at the bottom of the viewfinder. So, at least for the Ref-A, the answer is "yes". (Perhaps someone with the Ref-M could also try this and see if the digital readout shows.) (I still don't know if the one for sale here is a Ref-M or a Ref-A.)
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I have the REF-M. At 1x magnification you can read the digital readout completely. At the 2x magnification you only can read the middle of the readout, but this doesn't matter, because you can easy switch between the two magnifications, if you want to see the whole line. I think it is no big issue. It works like a charm on my K-5

http://c2b6d376b97bcc466063-5420c200a1f030d1394a9548df6eadbd.r5.cf2.rackcdn....620_manual.pdf

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QuoteOriginally posted by pid Quote
I have the REF-M. At 1x magnification you can read the digital readout completely. At the 2x magnification you only can read the middle of the readout, but this doesn't matter, because you can easy switch between the two magnifications, if you want to see the whole line. I think it is no big issue. It works like a charm on my K-5
Thank you, Pid, for answering the question on how well the Ref-M works with current DSLRs, and that's good news.

AFAIK, Pentax produced 4 "Refconverters" (as Pentax called its right-angle finder accessories), and I do believe the following:

1. The original "Refconverter" fits all Pentax bodies, including most screwmount bodies, up through the K series (KX, K2, K1000, KM), but it provided a left-right reversed mirror image.

2. The "Refconverter-II" fits the same bodies as above, but it provided proper left-right imaging.

3. The "Refconverter-M" fits all Pentax bodies starting with the M series (ME, MX, ME Super, etc.) (with proper left-right imaging), and provides a 1X/2X switch and the option of having 1X or 2X magnification. (The M bodies introduced a slightly different sized flange around the viewfinder window, requiring the new Refconverter coupling.)

4. The "Refconverter-A", which came out with the arrival of the first A bodies (the Super Program in North America and the Super A elsewhere), is exactly like the "Refconverter-M" except that it had a taller aperture, making it easier to see the LCD digital readout display at the bottom of the Super Program/A viewfinder windows. (My hunch is that the Ref-M and Ref-A might be optically identical, and the only difference might be the taller "cut-out" on the coupling face in the Ref-A.)

Oh, and the Ref-M and Ref-A are also a bit trimmer in size and shape than the original Refconverters.

There are a bunch of reviews at https://www.pentaxforums.com/accessoryreviews/pentax-refconverter-a.html

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Thank you both for your very elaborated and helpful comments - I've learnt a lot What I have is Ref M.
 

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