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01-08-2021, 06:24 AM - 1 Like   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by ismaelg Quote
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN...

PRESENTING...

MY FULLY FUNCTIONING...



$21 PENTAX MX!!!




Hello,



Before we continue, I just want to clarify, I'm NOT a camera repair guy. Just a tinkerer with a bad habit of taking things apart. I don't have specialized equipment to do calibrations or stuff like that. But I've been lucky that in most of my projects there have been no broken or missing parts.

So I got this MX for $21 plus shipping (~$35 total). When I started working on it I honestly thought it was going to be a learning experience but it would never be a working camera again. But persistence paid off and I now have a fully working MX!

I have tested everything: shutter speeds, meter, hot shoe, Judas window, "FP" and "X" flash ports, self timer, etc. By the way, the self timer just had a loose spring.

The camera shows some wear; minor scuffs, scratches and even a few tiny dings, all contributing to a nice patina. The ultimate test will be a roll of film and I hope that will happen soon.



So here it is:

























But of course, this camera was made to pair with the best lens ever made in the history of lenses! The mighty M50 f1.7















Just noticed in the pics a few dust particles left and some fingerprints. I'll get to those.

To say I'm happy is an understatement.

What do you think?



Thanks,
Great job.



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QuoteOriginally posted by ismaelg Quote
What do you think?
Awesome! Congratulations

The MX is really something to behold - smallest mechanical film SLR in the world (my understanding is that even the OM-1 is bigger) with one of the biggest viewfinders out there (or biggest?) - and a nice selection of fantastic yet affordable lenses, including that 50mm f1.7 (hard to beat the price/quality ratio of that lens). And those sleek looks. Yep, it's a nice camera alright.
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To say I'm happy is an understatement.
What do you think?

Thanks,
Great job done right!
01-08-2021, 09:10 AM - 1 Like   #34
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Absolutely exceptional camera. I've just had two serviced and they cost a fair few more than $21 as a result, let me assure you!
Looking forward to seeing the shots from it.

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Looks fantastic..... well done. Hope the test roll goes ok.
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Beautiful work Ismael!

So how many camera resurrections does this make now?
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Good job. No buggered screws (on the outside anyway ).
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QuoteOriginally posted by ismaelg Quote
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN...
PRESENTING...
MY FULLY FUNCTIONING...

$21 PENTAX MX!!!


Hello,

Before we continue, I just want to clarify, I'm NOT a camera repair guy. Just a tinkerer with a bad habit of taking things apart. I don't have specialized equipment to do calibrations or stuff like that. But I've been lucky that in most of my projects there have been no broken or missing parts.
So I got this MX for $21 plus shipping (~$35 total). When I started working on it I honestly thought it was going to be a learning experience but it would never be a working camera again. But persistence paid off and I now have a fully working MX!
I have tested everything: shutter speeds, meter, hot shoe, Judas window, "FP" and "X" flash ports, self timer, etc. By the way, the self timer just had a loose spring.
The camera shows some wear; minor scuffs, scratches and even a few tiny dings, all contributing to a nice patina. The ultimate test will be a roll of film and I hope that will happen soon.

So here it is:

But of course, this camera was made to pair with the best lens ever made in the history of lenses! The mighty M50 f1.7

Just noticed in the pics a few dust particles left and some fingerprints. I'll get to those.
To say I'm happy is an understatement.
What do you think?

Thanks,
Remarkable. Well done!

I was thinking, "wow, that is an enormous fingerprint... wait... it's on my monitor..." It looks clean to me... I'd shoot with it...

-Eric

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Great job!
And yes, the MX is such a beautiful camera. It is almost a pain because every time I shoot with it, I spend as much time looking at it than looking around me...
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Brilliant job. Congratulations! The MX is my second favourite SLR. You'll love it.

K.
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And we have pictures! WOHOO!

Hello,

In mid January I loaded my last Kodak Gold 100 roll in my stash (expired almost a decade ago) in the MX and off I went...

Straight scans downloaded from Wayne's. No PP whatsoever other than resize and signature. Negatives are in transit and as usual I will try to scan my own to see if I can improve on these. But Dwayne's color scans are usually very good.

















I'm happy!

Thanks,
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DC6 or Electra?
That is a cool plane
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It is a DC4. I think it was involved in a taxiing accident in the early 90's
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Awesome work Ismaelg, I would never attempt to tackle something like that...
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