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06-18-2011, 04:17 PM   #16
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To learn film photography I recommend a Pentax KM, if you can find one.


06-21-2011, 09:40 AM   #17
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I learned and continue to learn on an MX.

I think the KM vs MX argument boils down to what feels good in the hand.

Here are two reasons in favor of the smaller MX: (1) It is more discreet, which is a definite requirement if ever you venture to photographing the human street, (2) it requires slightly better balance to hold. Since you are learning anyway, better not make things easy for yourself.

Go for it. Only be prepared for many, many poor shots. ( If you manage to avoid them, you really are great. ) Still, unreservedly -- go for it. The MX is the last true Pentax -- the most fully evolved one of them all.
06-21-2011, 09:44 PM   #18
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I think it would be a great first camera. My first was a K1000, and I wish I'd just skipped all the stuff I bought in between and had an MX to begin with. Learning on a fully manual is the way to go, and the MX is tops.
06-24-2011, 02:27 PM   #19
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The Pentax MX is, to my thinking, one of the all time great film cameras. I also think it the best model Pentax ever made.

I still own two MXs (one silver, and one black). And I still use both. Eric Hendrickson of can bring your MX back to life should it need any work.

If you buy an MX you might want to also be on the lookout for an extra focusing screen and a winder.

Good luck.

06-26-2011, 04:19 AM   #20
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No question the MX is a fine camera. The KX, K1000 and several others noted above would also serve a novice photographer well. The MX, unlike the others listed above, was a “professional” camera with a wide range of accessories you can add if you really get excited about things. There are several focusing screens, a winder and motor drive, a bulk film back, a data back and possibly a few more I have missed. It is a camera with which you can learn the basics of photography. It is also a camera whose range of accessories, still readily available, can take you to another level. I've got most of this stuff and it just adds to the fun.

Tom G

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