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01-14-2013, 07:37 PM   #1
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Recommand me a fully mechanical K-mount camera

Hi, I'm looking for a K-mount camera that's fully mechanical and it's not necessarily Pentax. Those K1000s and MX are somewhat overpriced due to brand and their popularity. I'm looking for the lesser brand clone type which can be had for peanuts these days. So these are what I'm looking for:

1. Fully mechanical. Battery only for meter
2. Prefer match-diode LED display to needle for meter
3. B-1/1000 shutter at least
4. Plastic body does not matter
5. Self timer and multiple exposure would be cool (but not important)
6. Lesser clone brand variety (Ricoh, Sears etc..)
7. Judas window is not important (it sucks anyway)
8. A decent viewfinder with split screen focusing aid (not too found of the microprism-only type)
9. Most importantly costs peanuts these days

Thanks with regards


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You can find K1000's for less than 100 bucks on ebay, usually with a lens. Bodies are sometimes under 75.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bluestringer Quote
You can find K1000's for less than 100 bucks on ebay, usually with a lens. Bodies are sometimes under 75.
I recently sold one for $30, if that qualifies as "peanuts". I don't think you're going to get a self timer or the ability to do multiple exposures in a cheap vintage camera, but you can't go wrong with a K1000, K2, or KM.

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Obviously the only Pentax bodies that match your requirements are the KX, KM, K1000 and the MX. There are new Vivitar 3800N bodies that meet your requirements except for value/price. I am not aware of any other K Mount bodies that are manual.

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Chinon cm-1?
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Pentax ME Super, Ricoh KR-5 Super, Ricoh KR-30sp Program (both Ricohs have 45 degree split-screens) - pretty good cameras - have all of them and I really like them.
You can even get a winder for the Me Super and the KR-30sp Program.

KR-5 Super will be the cheapest. Managed to score one for $20 in mint condition (hard to find them like that though).
For best focus split-screens, from my experience, Ricoh are the best.

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Thanks for the replies. Actually I'm looking for one non-Pentax brand. Sorry for not clarifying earlier on. Non-Pentax just for the oddity, I already have a truckload of Pentax cameras by now, but none of them are mechanical. Having done some research myself, I found myself leaning towards the Ricoh KR-5 Super II.

mrNewt, The Pentax ME Super and KR-30 are electronic cameras with only one mechanical X mode. I'm looking for a true mechanical system that works at all speed
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Then Ricoh KR-5 Super, KR-5 SuperII, KR-5III KR-10 Super ... or if you want to go rangefinder way ... tons of them.

"Btw, KR-30sp program" is fully manual with program mode if you so want to ... forgot to add "Program" ... sorry.

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QuoteOriginally posted by mrNewt Quote
Then Ricoh KR-5 Super, KR-5 SuperII, KR-5III KR-10 Super ... or if you want to go rangefinder way ... tons of them.

"Btw, KR-30sp program" is fully manual with program mode if you so want to ... forgot to add "Program" ... sorry.
Nah, no rangefinder plans yet. It's K-mount fetish for now .. By the way, are all the Chinon CM series fully mechanical?
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QuoteOriginally posted by weijen Quote
Nah, no rangefinder plans yet. It's K-mount fetish for now .. By the way, are all the Chinon CM series fully mechanical?
As far as I know ... yes
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QuoteOriginally posted by weijen Quote
Thanks for the replies. Actually I'm looking for one non-Pentax brand. Sorry for not clarifying earlier on. Non-Pentax just for the oddity, I already have a truckload of Pentax cameras by now, but none of them are mechanical. Having done some research myself, I found myself leaning towards the Ricoh KR-5 Super II.

mrNewt, The Pentax ME Super and KR-30 are electronic cameras with only one mechanical X mode. I'm looking for a true mechanical system that works at all speed
of the Pentax bodies the K2 worked well in mechanical mode. You could take the battery clear out of it and only lose the light meter and exposure
automation.---but alas they are hard to find.
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Get the KM -- if you're patient $30 will do it.
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The Sears KS1000 is all mechanical. Saw one go for 20 on ebay.
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Like the idea you have of shooting a fully manual camera.I started using a Spotmatic in the 1960's and after a few years quit keeping a battery in the camera as they were hard to find in my area and could guess exposure as well as the light meter.Used a k-1000 and a Canon some but went back to the Spotmatic.Still use manual lens and manual exposure most of the time,never use the green button to set exposure.Camera without a meter is a good learning tool and calculating exposure with your own eyes is actually easy if one will try it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rvannatta Quote
of the Pentax bodies the K2 worked well in mechanical mode. You could take the battery clear out of it and only lose the light meter and exposure
automation.---but alas they are hard to find.
I think the K2 defaults to 1/1000s with no battery.

I think the OP really wants an MX, but doesn't want to pay for it

Ricoh XR-1 and Sears KS-1000 are closest I can think of.
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