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01-23-2012, 12:23 AM   #1
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Smallest 35mm SLR

Is the Pentax *ist really the smallest 35mm SLR?


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01-23-2012, 12:44 AM   #2
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In terms of weight, depth or height, it definitely isn't, though I had a look through the camera database and wasn't able to find a camera that was less wide than it.

Have a look through the camera database if you're curious:
Film Cameras - Pentax Camera Database and Reviews - DSLR, Digital, and Legacy Cameras

Of course, it doesn't include SLRs by other manufacturers.

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I'll guess that the Olympus Pen-F and Pen-FT were smaller.
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My thoughts exactly, Rico, I learned photography on the Pen... but then these are 1/2 frame. Is the MX heavier but smaller in any dimension?




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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
My thoughts exactly, Rico, I learned photography on the Pen... but then these are 1/2 frame
Ah, what a beauty! I 'learned' photography on a 1934 German Kodak Retina folder, the first 135 camera; but the Pen-FT was my graduate school. I could fit an entire camera system in one pocket of a field jacket. Oh how I miss mine...
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I've read that Pentax *ist the is smallest full frame autofocus film SLR camera.
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I believe that the MX was the smallest ever full-frame SLR - deliberately designed to be fractionally smaller than the OM-1. That they made it strong enough to survive a 5 fps motordrive (and in my case many thousands of miles in a bike frontbag) is nothing short of miraculous.
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The Pentax MX brochure called it both "The world's smallest, lightest, most complete, full-featured 35mm SLR" and "the smallest and lightest professional motor drive camera" - so they left room for something smaller, but not "professional" or motor-drive capable.

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Isn't the ME even smaller than the MX?
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QuoteOriginally posted by p. rex Quote
Isn't the ME even smaller than the MX?
No...very close though. All of the M-series bodies were small with the MX being the smallest.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Geoff H Quote
I believe that the MX was the smallest ever full-frame SLR - deliberately designed to be fractionally smaller than the OM-1. That they made it strong enough to survive a 5 fps motordrive (and in my case many thousands of miles in a bike frontbag) is nothing short of miraculous.
Later Olympus OM-1 cameras were motor drive capable without modification. When I worked in camera repair
at Olympus USA headquarters (1986) Pro Services had to reset many OM bodies out of sync due to motor use.

I wonder how well the Pentax MX worked with that 5 fps motor drive? I have never even seen one in person.

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