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09-30-2010, 07:22 PM   #1
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Should i buy this??

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I'm new to film photography. I will be developing and printing black and white film/images.

I am currently trying to purchase a Pentax. I want a camera mostly for everyday scenes, portraits, some landscape. nothing fancy, just to document the world around me.

I found this for sale for $55:

Pentax MG SLR camera with Pentax-m 50mm f2 lens

HOW IS THIS CAMERA/ LENS, AND WILL IT BE SUITABLE FOR MY BASIC NEEDS?

ANY SUGGESTIONS APPRECIATED.

thanks!

09-30-2010, 07:29 PM   #2
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Here are the specs for the MG: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-manual-focus-film-slr-camera-revie...pentax-mg.html

Since it pretty much only supports Av mode, you'll likely be better off just getting a K1000, so that you have full manual control when needed!

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I would go with an ME Super if you want auto and manual, or an MX or KX if you are happy with manual only. I share Bojidar Dimitrov's view of the K1000.

The auto only cameras (MG, MV, MV1, ME) are a bit like having a P&S with interchangeable lenses. Nice and small, but not all that flexible.

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I've noticed that both recommendations are for K-mount cameras. While a K1000 or KX is great for manual exposure, you may be able to purchase a Spotmatic or similar M42 (Universal) screwmount camera for less. All of these cameras are fully manual, but if that's not an issue or is considered a plus, than you might find that M42, with it's large selection of cheap lenses from great companies such as Pentax, Mamiya-Sekor, Ricoh, Vivitar, Zeiss, and many, many, others, is for you.

There's nothing wrong with K-mount, but for a budget-conscious photographer who is comfortable with fully manual equipment, the older M42 systems are worth looking at.

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