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12-20-2012, 12:25 PM   #1
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PENTAX SF1N camera data back?

Hi,

I recently got a SF1N camera from a box of PENTAX glasses.
The camera is in good working condition. I was lucky that it come with the "optional AA battery grip" so battery is not a problem. It also come with a "data back F" - I cannot find any information on the camera manual and later I realize this is also "optional" accessory for the camera. I was surprise to find out this is an auto focus SLR. it's ugly but it seem to be pretty 'advance' SLR, that you can do shutter priority and aperture priority shooting with it.

So did anyone know what exactly this data back do? Also, what kind of battery this data back use (need to button size batteries)? I plan to use it to shoot couple rolls.

Much thanks,
Lee

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The data back will optionally print the time/date on the negative. It uses the coin-size batteries, I believe. It is not necessary that it work to take pictures.

You can find a manual for it at Digital Cameras by PENTAX - Waterproof Digital Camera - Digital SLR. Click on Support and follow the links to get where you want. The data backs are listed under "Camera Accessories" and "MIscellaneous".

The SF1n was, at one time, Pentax's flagship camera. I have its immediate predecessor, the SF1 and I can tell you its built like a tank and works very well. Any Pentax lens should work with it.

As with any Pentax AF camera, watch out for lenses with the dreaded Ricoh pin. This is an extra pin that Ricoh added for some of their cameras. Unfortunately, it can become jammed in the AF drive mechanism of the camera, making it difficult to remove the lens.
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12-20-2012, 01:31 PM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by noblepa Quote
The data back will optionally print the time/date on the negative. It uses the coin-size batteries, I believe. It is not necessary that it work to take pictures.

You can find a manual for it at Digital Cameras by PENTAX - Waterproof Digital Camera - Digital SLR. Click on Support and follow the links to get where you want. The data backs are listed under "Camera Accessories" and "MIscellaneous".

The SF1n was, at one time, Pentax's flagship camera. I have its immediate predecessor, the SF1 and I can tell you its built like a tank and works very well. Any Pentax lens should work with it.

As with any Pentax AF camera, watch out for lenses with the dreaded Ricoh pin. This is an extra pin that Ricoh added for some of their cameras. Unfortunately, it can become jammed in the AF drive mechanism of the camera, making it difficult to remove the lens.
Thanks! Great to know! I only have PENTAX lenses, so I should be fine.

Thank you! thank you!!

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You are right it is a ugly camera, you should give it to me
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Ricoh pin

What do you do if it happens ? More important what are you looking for to spot that pin before you mess up a sf1 or sf1n?
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