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02-06-2013, 02:45 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by RKKS08 Quote
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The ME Super has a film advance indicator, showing whether film transport is still working.
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Which I don't see the point with. At first I thought this was clever, but when I thought about it, if I see the rewind knob rotating, the film advance works. Are there examples of the rewind knob rotating and the film advance still not woriking?

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ok. now i found a kx with a 50 1.4... is $80 a fair value for the package?

is this a good enough deal? or might as well look for another one. thanks!
Yes, but it depends on the condition of both. You will still have to factor in the cost of a CLA for the KX.

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02-06-2013, 09:08 AM   #18
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K1000 are OK, but was the watered down version of the KX which sells cehaper

I would recommend you test a MX or try to finds a ProgramPlus or a SuperProgram
Those are a joy to use, and since you do not have any "bagagge" from previous experience you can;t go wrong
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Yes, it should be...
if the 50/1.4 is clean and in good condition it should be worth the 80 bucks

QuoteOriginally posted by ponggo Quote
ok. now i found a kx with a 50 1.4... is $80 a fair value for the package?

is this a good enough deal? or might as well look for another one. thanks!


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I bought my KX for $25 ($36.13 shipped) with an M50/1.7. But that was before things started to get out of hand on shopgoodwill. Plus, both the camera and lens need a CLA.

Just for comparison, my three latest camera purchases from goodwill:

Sears TLS w/ Sears 55/1.4 - $61.75
Asahi Spotmatic F w/ Super Takumar 35/3.5 - $69.81
Ricoh KR-10 w/ XR 50/2 and Kiron 28-70/3.5-4.5 - $37.81

Those prices all include shipping.

I was bidding on 3 Super Taks, a 200/4, a 135/2.5, and a 35/3.5 but that has gone way past what I would pay. The 200/4 looked like it had a fur coat on.

Now for a little thread hijack...

I bought and paid for the TLS and Spotmatic on the same day 1/29. The TLS was shipped the next day USPS from Illinois and I received it on 2/4. The Spotmatic just shipped today. The goodwill in Arizona uses UPS so I won't get it for at least 7 days...

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That's a good price for what you are getting

I just bought a spotless KM with a "CLA'ed by Eric" Invoice included for the $50 BIN price.on ebay.

Clean 50/1.4's Exc condition in the US are running as:
  • K50/1.4 - $79 - $89
  • M50/1.4 - $89 - $99
  • A50/1.4 - $109 - $129
I always have a new-to-me mechanical camera CLA'ed by Eric right away as part of my purchase decision. It usually costs $65 unless there are major parts necessary. Since Eric does his estimates on approval (and return ships at his expense even if you decline the estimate) I could only be out the cost of the camera. I've never refused an estimate that Eric gave me, though some were more than I expected (I have a K2DMD that about choked me,. but that's a special camera).

I have three bodies in his shop right now.

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I like the K-1000. It's built like a tank. In a pinch you can use is for self defense. I bought two Vivitar K-mount bodies and a Promaster K-mount body (used) all of which are completely manual cameras like the K-1000 but smaller & lighter. They all work great with my Pentax lenses and I didn't pay more than $30 for any of them. They are of course plastic and won't last forever but that's why I bought three of them (for under $100). I also bought a Pentax ZX-30 with a 28-80 zoom lens for $40. This camera has all the bells & whistles including AF but works great on manual too. You just can't shoot with manual lenses on this one. Anyway, my point is there are some great deals out there for Pentax film shooters.
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
I just bought a spotless KM with a "CLA'ed by Eric" Invoice included for the $50 BIN price.on ebay.
Yep! Better than the K1000, not as much money as either the K1000 or the KX...just right!!!


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I am quite fond of the Ricoh KR 5 Super II and the XR-10. The former is a very small, black fully manual camera, sort of a sleeper MX clone and the latter is a aperture preferred mode camera with a manual mode that uses a shutter dial, not buttons. I had a CLA'd MX that I gave to my daughter and have two ME Supers but keep reaching for the Ricohs instead. Neither Ricoh needed new seals or mirror foam, a pleasant surprise.
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I am quite fond of the Ricoh KR 5 Super II and the XR-10. The former is a very small, black fully manual camera, sort of a sleeper MX clone and the latter is a aperture preferred mode camera with a manual mode that uses a shutter dial, not buttons. I had a CLA'd MX that I gave to my daughter and have two ME Supers but keep reaching for the Ricohs instead. Neither Ricoh needed new seals or mirror foam, a pleasant surprise.
is it a consensus that the k series is tougher built than the m series?
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QuoteOriginally posted by ponggo Quote
is it a consensus that the k series is tougher built than the m series?
The Pentax K Series film bodies are bigger, but have a smaller viewfinder window than the M Series. So each series has its own set of viewfinder accessories. The M Series film bodies are still very well made, just smaller. The newer film bodies after the M Series are where the plastic parts start to take over.

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The viewfinder in the MX is absolutely massive. I find it a little too big, to be honest.
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My vote would be for the MX... But my eye is wandering over to the slightly bigger K2...

Any view on the K2 folks? (The DMD version is outta my league!)
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I personally avoid k1000's. The only thing that they are better than is an me. I think the mx is a good choice and reasonable in price. I think the k series was to big. I think the mx will always be one of my favorites and the winders are reasonable. I have an me super which is nice, but I don't think made as well. I guess my vote would be mx, super program or if money is no object Lx.
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