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02-22-2017, 02:03 AM   #1
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35mm Film Manual Focus Camera

hey guys

looking for Manual SLR 35mm camera, body only.

Something with manual asa, shutter and aperture control. Must be function. Not wind issues or meter issues.

ideally a functional and working k1000 would be perfect to get me started on film.

I have a p30t, but it seems to have a winding problem.

Don't really want to spend more than 50-75 dollars and would need shipping to New Zealand.

Thanks

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I have two K1000 bodies that I am keeping due to the fact that they are both working but could do with some light seal replacement and I am screwing up the courage to have a go myself. It looks relatively simple but I'm a bit of a pessimist where my abilities are concerned.
Following dcshooter's comment, I have some Chinon bodies (bought cheap) that work quite nicely but find that I like the Ricoh KR-5 with a 50mm F2 lens more and at least one of the 50mm F2 Rikenon variants might even be better than the Pentax-M 50mm F1.7 (apart from the F1.7 aperture) as far as sharpness is concerned. I don't know how cheap Chinons and Ricohs are in your area but worth thinking about while waiting for the right K1000 to purchase.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
If you don't mind another brand, the Chinon Ce-4s and CeE-5 are both excellent K mount bodies with full manual control and can typically be found for a song. The Chinon kit 50mm lenses are excellent as well, performing just as well (and in some cases better) than their Pentax counterparts.
Ya at the moment I have been looking on ebay and the quality seems to be better but still bidding has gone above $100NZD % $50 Shipping NZD.
Which for my first film camera is a bit too much, especially since I cant test it first and I dont have the set up for repairs. I have my eye on a k1000 purely because of how classic it is and every Pentax user who speaks film always says the k1000 to start. I have heard the MX are quite good.

Funny you mention Chinon CM5 that looks to be in good functional condition. Being sold on trademe in NZ for pretty cheap.

I'm also watching a few Cosina CT1 Super, C1s & CT1ex.

Although Cosina and Chinon look to be a similar company or something.

thanks for that advice.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Skodadriver Quote
I have two K1000 bodies that I am keeping due to the fact that they are both working but could do with some light seal replacement and I am screwing up the courage to have a go myself. It looks relatively simple but I'm a bit of a pessimist where my abilities are concerned.
Following dcshooter's comment, I have some Chinon bodies (bought cheap) that work quite nicely but find that I like the Ricoh KR-5 with a 50mm F2 lens more and at least one of the 50mm F2 Rikenon variants might even be better than the Pentax-M 50mm F1.7 (apart from the F1.7 aperture) as far as sharpness is concerned. I don't know how cheap Chinons and Ricohs are in your area but worth thinking about while waiting for the right K1000 to purchase.
I feel like i'm not equipped for doing repairs. I am doing a big road trip in two months through NZ before going back to Canada and the U.K and I had this idea having a film camera and a few rolls of film would just be something fun and new while on the road trip. So would prefer something fully functional I can get and use right away. That being said there are options out there that arent k1000 and much cheap. I could propably find a much cheaper film camera to do the job. K1000 just seems like an iconic starting point.
I am watching a few other p30's and a few Cosina's and Chinon for less than $50NZD

At the moment I have a Pentax-A 50mm 1.7 which I love and know it will look fantastic on film.
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Try looking around for a Promaster branded camera, they are essentially a modern K1000, and since they were produced so recently and marketed to students they likely will be in perfect working order with good seals. They're mechanical so don't require batteries as well. They're often sold for peanuts if you keep a look out.

 

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