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08-18-2012, 06:48 PM   #151
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The KX is like the KM + MLU, SPD meter, wider ASA range, 2 X battery just for meter.



08-19-2012, 02:33 PM   #152
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Here are my three most recent film cameras - an MX, SuperA, and PZ70.





The PZ70 is getting most use (by far!) After a couple of films through it, I have complete confidence in its metering. It handles really well too - like a very basic DSLR.

The MX is a beauty, and I've run a film through it (but just a very old expired film to test for light leaks after a DIY seal replacement job). Seems OK. It's such a sexy svelte camera I might use it for B&W, alongside the PZ70 for colour (unless I find another PZ series camera for cheap that is!) It is a bit of a bind, having to turn that rather stiff shutter speed dial to turn the orange LEDs green though.

The Super-A I have yet to get to grips with. I bought it because in theory the Tv mode gives you control of DA lenses. However the shutter speed controls seem a bit fiddly, and the LCD display a bit hard to read? I may sell on.
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The Super-A I have yet to get to grips with. I bought it because in theory the Tv mode gives you control of DA lenses. However the shutter speed controls seem a bit fiddly, and the LCD display a bit hard to read? I may sell on.
The first generations of LCD displays had a very limited lifetime.

I remember German photo magazines were not amused when Canon offered their first (professional?, can't remember) SLR with alphanumeric LCD in the viewfinder. The specification told it has a lifetime of about 8 years, and can be replaced by service only.

But I rather think the reason it's hard to read will be the frosted glass may have darkend over time.

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QuoteOriginally posted by RKKS08 Quote
The first generations of LCD displays had a very limited lifetime.

I remember German photo magazines were not amused when Canon offered their first (professional?, can't remember) SLR with alphanumeric LCD in the viewfinder. The specification told it has a lifetime of about 8 years, and can be replaced by service only.

But I rather think the reason it's hard to read will be the frosted glass may have darkend over time.
The more sophisticated a camera is, the less likely I am to want it. Too many things to go wrong; most were brought out with the latest technology which gets its first use there. True I bought a K5, but for me it is a camera which has an expiry date about the time it needs a fix that costs more than a new one. Then it becomes a paperweight. A friend of mine has an early Nikon DLSR that has not been worth repairing; the technology and reliability are not worth it. This is the second time the sensor failed on it.
If a camera cannot take a picture without a battery, I leave it for others to enjoy.

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My first SLR was a Pentax MG but it was stolen and replaced by an insurance funded MZ-50. I recently found a replacement MG body and have started shooting with it again. Really enjoying it.

So, current Pentax film bodies.

MG
K1000 (Made in China)
A3
MZ-50
Auto 110

I really loved shooting with the 110 as well although having it totally auto was a shame sometimes.
08-21-2012, 06:35 AM   #156
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I've got only an MZ-S left. I'm all out of 35mm film, though, and as I didn't use my darkroom through moving house twice, I off-loaded the enlarger etc.
08-28-2012, 08:51 AM   #157
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K1000
MinoltaDynax 9
Minolta Dynax 7

Am in love with all 3.. more so with K1000 for it being fully manual !!!Lately have been using 9 , my latest acquisition .. !!! If only they keep on making film . I dont need any DSLR ever !!! as Dynax 9 will last a lifetime not that K1000 won't .. but shutter would give way ..., dynax 9 is class apart !! .. havent seen that kind of build quality in any other camera.. !!! FF 1/12000 Shutter speed ,5.5 FPS , mid roll change , Weather Resist , fits into hands so well.. Rock Solid what else do I need.
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Pentax MZ-10 (black)
Pentax MZ-3 (black)
Pentax ME (black)
And on a side note, Canon eos 50e
Centon DF-300


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08-29-2012, 07:39 AM   #159
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KX, K1000 (that I can't find, probably stashed in a box somewhere) 3 or 4 ME and ME Supers, A 3000 and a MZ I think it is, all auto except for focus. I got that one for my sister, so she could have a 35mm and not have to deal with technicalities she didn't understand, aperture/shutter speed/ISO and so forth, so she could just load film, focus and shoot. Got it out a couple of months later when I went to her place and the electronics refused to crank up. I tested it, did everything but load film and take pictures before I bought it, everything worked perfect, same batteries as my ME Super. Electronics worked, shutter worked, everything was good... With a good 50mm lens, $20. Never did get the damn thing to work again...Also have a Pentax IQ Zoom instamatic 35mm, can't remember the model, but it works quite well and takes surprisingly good pictures for an instamatic.

Oh, I also have a Minolta SRT 101, it's sitting beside me right now, till I can get the K-x fixed. (long story, I won't go there) Great camera, I like it almost as much as my Pentax gear, and no shortage of lenses. 45mm, 55mm, 135mm and two 80-200mm zooms. 2x and 3x teleconverters, I suspect those will be gutted for use as macro tubes...and a couple of older flashes that work great with all. As a side note, I read an article a while back about one of the National Geographic photographers who used the SRT 101 for years in the 70's to 80's shooting for them, he still used it even after all the camera companies had started making auto focus and auto everyting 35mm cameras, but before digital existed. Still used his old SRT 101...I guess if it's good enough for National Geographic, it's good enough for me...
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Pentax PZ-1P with focusing screen from broken MZ-M
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08-30-2012, 01:06 PM   #161
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Pentax stuff:

AsahiFlex IIa needs work
K1000
3 ME-Supers, one operable
2 MX, both need some work, meter problems
LX
PZ-1P

645n

Other stuff:

Canon T50
Olympus OM-10
Praktica LTL
Komaflex S

If we include non-SLRs:

Retina 1
Retina IIIc needs work
Voigtlander Vitessa L w. f2 Ultron
Busch Pressman C, 2 1/4 x 3 1/4
Somewhere an ancient Taron

And of course a variety of lenses and "stuff"

I think I need to look into some repair funding. Is there a grant for that anywhere??
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Been shooting Pentax since the 70s and now use a K-5 as well as occasionally, the film cameras indicated below. I still have my MX from 1977 so started collecting a few years ago, this is where I'm up to (body plus matching lens):

AP/Tak 58/2.4 (as mint as is possible for a 55-year old camera! Serviced, occasionally used)
S/Tak 55/2.2
K/Tak 55/1.8 'zebra' (almost mint, occasionally used)
H2 (Heiland)/AutoTak 55/2
H2/AutoTak 55/2
Super S2/AutoTak 55/2
S3/AutoTak 55/1.8
S1/AutoTak 105/2.8
S1a (early)/"SuperTak" 55/2 (reversed aperture ring)
S1a (black)/SuperTak 55/2 (occasionally used)
Honeywell H1a/SuperTak 55/2
SV/meter/SuperTak 55/1.8
Spotmatic/SuperTak 50/1.4 (one of the first off the production line, serial 1028439, almost mint, occasionally used, meter provides correct exposure)
Honeywell SP SuperTak 55/1.8
SL/SuperTak 50/1.4 (excellent condition, regularly used, hand-held meter)
SP500/SuperTak 55/2
SPII/SMCTak 55/1.8
ES (black)/SMCTak 35/3.5
Honeywell ESII (chrome)/SMCTak 55/1.8
SP1000/SMCTak 55/2
SPF/SMCTak 55/1.8
KM/SMCP 55/1.8
KX (black)/SMCP 50/1.4
K2/SMCP-M 50/1.4 (excellent condition, occasionally used, metering good)
K1000/SMCP-M 50/2 (out on loan, being used)
ME/SMCP-M 50/1.7
MX+winder/SMCP-M 50/1.7 (occasionally used, metering good)
MV1/SMCP-A 50/1.7
MV/SMCP-M 50/2
MZ-M/SMCP-A 35-80 zoom

All work, the vast majority in good/very good condition, although only the AP has been recently serviced. The AP is pretty much mint, the SP and K2 are not far behind, and my dear old MX looks good too, although with the marks of 28 years' use on it. I used the MX between 1977 and 2005, when I got the *istDS, now superseded by my routinely-used K-5. The film camera collection takes a little dusting!

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QuoteOriginally posted by microlight Quote
Been shooting Pentax since the 70s and now use a K-5 as well as occasionally, the film cameras indicated below. I still have my MX from 1977 so started collecting a few years ago, this is where I'm up to (body plus matching lens):

AP/Tak 58/2.4 (as mint as is possible for a 55-year old camera! Serviced, occasionally used)
S/Tak 55/2.2
K/Tak 55/1.8 'zebra' (almost mint, occasionally used)
H2 (Heiland)/AutoTak 55/2
H2/AutoTak 55/2
Super S2/AutoTak 55/2
S3/AutoTak 55/1.8
S1/AutoTak 105/2.8
S1a (early)/"SuperTak" 55/2 (reversed aperture ring)
S1a (black)/SuperTak 55/2 (occasionally used)
Honeywell H1a/SuperTak 55/2
SV/meter/SuperTak 55/1.8
Spotmatic/SuperTak 50/1.4 (one of the first off the production line, serial 1028439, almost mint, occasionally used, meter provides correct exposure)
Honeywell SP SuperTak 55/1.8
SL/SuperTak 50/1.4 (excellent condition, regularly used, hand-held meter)
SP500/SuperTak 55/2
SPII/SMCTak 55/1.8
ES (black)/SMCTak 35/3.5
Honeywell ESII (chrome)/SMCTak 55/1.8
SP1000/SMCTak 55/2
SPF/SMCTak 55/1.8
KM/SMCP 55/1.8
KX (black)/SMCP 50/1.4
K2/SMCP-M 50/1.4 (excellent condition, occasionally used, metering good)
K1000/SMCP-M 50/2 (out on loan, being used)
ME/SMCP-M 50/1.7
MX+winder/SMCP-M 50/1.7 (occasionally used, metering good)
MV1/SMCP-A 50/1.7
MV/SMCP-M 50/2
MZ-M/SMCP-A 35-80 zoom

All work, the vast majority in good/very good condition, although only the AP has been recently serviced. The AP is pretty much mint, the SP and K2 are not far behind, and my dear old MX looks good too, although with the marks of 28 years' use on it. I used the MX between 1977 and 2005, when I got the *istDS, now superseded by my routinely-used K-5. The film camera collection takes a little dusting!

Impressive collection!

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QuoteOriginally posted by microlight Quote
Been shooting Pentax since the 70s and now use a K-5 as well as occasionally, the film cameras indicated below. I still have my MX from 1977 so started collecting a few years ago, this is where I'm up to (body plus matching lens):

AP/Tak 58/2.4 (as mint as is possible for a 55-year old camera! Serviced, occasionally used)
S/Tak 55/2.2
K/Tak 55/1.8 'zebra' (almost mint, occasionally used)
H2 (Heiland)/AutoTak 55/2
H2/AutoTak 55/2
Super S2/AutoTak 55/2
S3/AutoTak 55/1.8
S1/AutoTak 105/2.8
S1a (early)/"SuperTak" 55/2 (reversed aperture ring)
S1a (black)/SuperTak 55/2 (occasionally used)
Honeywell H1a/SuperTak 55/2
SV/meter/SuperTak 55/1.8
Spotmatic/SuperTak 50/1.4 (one of the first off the production line, serial 1028439, almost mint, occasionally used, meter provides correct exposure)
Honeywell SP SuperTak 55/1.8
SL/SuperTak 50/1.4 (excellent condition, regularly used, hand-held meter)
SP500/SuperTak 55/2
SPII/SMCTak 55/1.8
ES (black)/SMCTak 35/3.5
Honeywell ESII (chrome)/SMCTak 55/1.8
SP1000/SMCTak 55/2
SPF/SMCTak 55/1.8
KM/SMCP 55/1.8
KX (black)/SMCP 50/1.4
K2/SMCP-M 50/1.4 (excellent condition, occasionally used, metering good)
K1000/SMCP-M 50/2 (out on loan, being used)
ME/SMCP-M 50/1.7
MX+winder/SMCP-M 50/1.7 (occasionally used, metering good)
MV1/SMCP-A 50/1.7
MV/SMCP-M 50/2
MZ-M/SMCP-A 35-80 zoom

All work, the vast majority in good/very good condition, although only the AP has been recently serviced. The AP is pretty much mint, the SP and K2 are not far behind, and my dear old MX looks good too, although with the marks of 28 years' use on it. I used the MX between 1977 and 2005, when I got the *istDS, now superseded by my routinely-used K-5. The film camera collection takes a little dusting!

Holy smokes, you'll have a better collections than Pentax at this rate
need to put some focus on the medium format cameras and the 110 system though to get complete i think
When do you start collecting the old digital bodies , some of the older ones are cheaper than many of the film bodies you have
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QuoteOriginally posted by microlight Quote
Been shooting Pentax since the 70s and now use a K-5 as well as occasionally, the film cameras indicated below. I still have my MX from 1977 so started collecting a few years ago, this is where I'm up to (body plus matching lens):

All work, the vast majority in good/very good condition, although only the AP has been recently serviced. The AP is pretty much mint, the SP and K2 are not far behind, and my dear old MX looks good too, although with the marks of 28 years' use on it. I used the MX between 1977 and 2005, when I got the *istDS, now superseded by my routinely-used K-5. The film camera collection takes a little dusting!

Great! I don't feel quite so guilty now; not the only one with so many. I also have passed the thirty mark, although about half are Retinas.
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