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11-11-2019, 07:13 AM - 2 Likes   #1
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An article on the Pentax MX

The Pentax MX - My Nuts and Blots Review - 35mmc

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11-11-2019, 08:01 AM   #2
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I had one back in the '80's

Mainly used for slide film, documenting my artworks. The images in the article remind me of why I left 35mm behind...I think I replaced my screen with a grid? One of the nice things about the camera was that it was the LX's little brother in spirit.


The MX was a very solid, simple camera. No frills. Sort of the poor man's FM/FM2.
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Thanks for posting.

I grew up using my MX in the 80's and 90's. To me it had everything I needed in a camera. The traffic light metering system is very intuitive. Being able to see the shutter speed/aperture through the viewfinder was very useful. Run out of batteries ....no problem just read the inside of those cardboard film boxes and follow the (sunny 16) rule of exposure.

He doesn't mention the (undocumented) Mirror Up shooting mode
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I'm pretty sure the amber LED means half a stop out and not a full stop (I don't have my MX to hand to check).

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QuoteOriginally posted by johnha Quote
I'm pretty sure the amber LED means half a stop out and not a full stop (I don't have my MX to hand to check).
Amber LED is a half stop. Red LED is one or more stops.
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Pretty well sums it up, though I personally found the LEDs hard to read in the bright sun.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pschlute Quote
Thanks for posting.

I grew up using my MX in the 80's and 90's. To me it had everything I needed in a camera. The traffic light metering system is very intuitive. Being able to see the shutter speed/aperture through the viewfinder was very useful. Run out of batteries ....no problem just read the inside of those cardboard film boxes and follow the (sunny 16) rule of exposure.

He doesn't mention the (undocumented) Mirror Up shooting mode
Is that the tap the shutter release quickly for mirror up method?
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Yep, that was the 'tap the shutter bottom' method. I did a little of it on my lost sample.

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The tap the button method also works with the Spotmatic through K1000.
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My photography has been at a bit of a low ebb recently, and as such, I’ve felt that I needed a camera that gave me a sense of connection to the process of taking photos.
I read that and the will to continue started ebbing away. Not another gear head, I thought! Thanks for posting, even though it’ll have to wait for later.
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Nuts and Blots?
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QuoteOriginally posted by jcdoss Quote
It would seem he has a left eye problem and hasn't quite got the knack of loading it with film . . .
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I read that and the will to continue started ebbing away. Not another gear head, I thought! Thanks for posting, even though itíll have to wait for later.
Hey... Isn't our forum here filled with gear heads? Or is that just the digital shooters?

/from a supposedly 'reformed' gear head who still likes to play with toys..
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QuoteOriginally posted by texandrews Quote
The MX was a very solid, simple camera. No frills. Sort of the poor man's FM/FM2.
I always kinda thought the FM was a clunky manís MX 😁
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Blots?

I've always wanted an MX (I have a KX). Someone just gave me one, and it turns out the shutter is knackered... although it might just need a good cleaning and lube. Will have to take it to the camera doc to see. I had an MG and I loved the size, so it'd be cool to have full manual control in a smaller size camera.
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