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12-28-2009, 08:15 PM   #1
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Description of Pentax manual shooting capabilities

Please critique this description of Pentax manual shooting capabilities for accuracy. I'm into Pentax apologetics & this is for an old Praktica manual-everything user:

Pentax cameras have a lot of features to suit the manual shooter. All Pentax DSLRs work well with 1960s-1975 M42 (screw-mount, requires adaptor), 1975-1983 Pentax-K & Pentax-M (MF & ME) and 1983-1987 Pentax-A (MF) lenses. The cameras have a green hexagon focus confirmation indicator in the viewfinder (with audible beep) and they have either a green button or multi-purpose AE-L button that performs this sequence of operations:

1. Stops down an old lens to the manually-set aperture ring value.
2. Determines the exposure.
3. Sets the required shutter speed.

With lenses that have an "A" setting on the aperture ring, the aperture can be set from controls on the camera body.

With most models you can also switch the preview between:

1. Live View – sensor output in real time.
2. Digital Preview – result of a temporary shot shown for up to 30s – can be zoomed in on and saved, if required.
3. Optical Preview – aperture stopped down to see the actual DOF (requires a Pentax-A lens or later because it uses the "A" aperture setting) or shows exposure meter and allows shutter speed adjustment (M42, K, M).

You can also get 3rd-party micro-prism focusing screens for MF lenses:

The M42 Super Takumar 50/F1.4 is widely available and very popular:


Last edited by dosdan; 12-28-2009 at 08:45 PM.

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