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02-03-2009, 12:38 AM   #1
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Rank my film bodies....

As I have not shot film in a 35mm since I was a kid in the early 80's. I have 4 bodies that I have acquired in my quest for lenses. How would you rate them from top to bottom, and why.

K1000

Super Program

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QuoteOriginally posted by 7.62lew Quote
As I have not shot film in a 35mm since I was a kid in the early 80's. I have 4 bodies that I have acquired in my quest for lenses. How would you rate them from top to bottom, and why.

K1000

Super Program

SF10

SF1
Super Program

SF10-K1000 (tie)

SF1
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From high to low:

SuperProgram-K1000 (tie)

SF1

SF10

I personally think that the SF1(n)/SFX(n) are perhaps THE most underrated Pentaxen ever. They're actually very nice cameras.

I place the SF1 just barely below the Super Program and K1000 because I've got a HUGE soft spot for MF and manual advance/rewind bodies
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QuoteOriginally posted by Stevopedia Quote
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I personally think that the SF1(n)/SFX(n) are perhaps THE most underrated Pentaxen ever. They're actually very nice cameras.

I place the SF1 just barely below the Super Program and K1000 because I've got a HUGE soft spot for MF and manual advance/rewind bodies
There is a pretty good difference between the SF1 and the SF1(n) though.

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Thanks guys. I am going to make an effort to shoot film in each one. The SF1 looks brand new and was still in the original box, with the original price tag still on the box...$399.
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I wish I could contribute, but I have only had first-hand experience with the K1000. The Super Program seems to be a good camera (I'd happily try one out - even buy - if I found one locally), only that ME Supers, Spotmatics, and K-series cameras get talked about here more.

A quick take on the K1000: solid body, sturdy (at least the ones made outside of China), though lacking some features you might be looking for later on. There's no doubting its place in history, though - 21 years in production and over 3 million units sold will cement that.

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I have no experience with the SF series but the SuperA (Program) is a very good camera.
There is a good thread on the SF1
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-film-slr-discussion/36938-pentax-sf1.html



The K1000 never rocked my boat, after learning phorgrpahy with a Spottie, I do not know why it was so popular.
I turned to the Nikons then and just rediscovered the Pentax line a few years ago ... except for my beloved Spotmatic of course.
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Blue, the only differences I'm aware of between the vanilla SF1 and the SF1n is a slightly higher FPS in continuous and the 1/4000 shutter speed. Oh, and the autobracketing. Is there something else that's significantly different? Honestly, I've only ever used the SF1n and I really like it. It's also the only AF Pentax film body I've ever held, actually. The SF1's ergonomics struck me as being actually pretty good, better in my opinion than the *ist D's (the grip on the SF1 is deeper and chunkier). The AF, though not as fast as a modern camera's and though it has only one focus point that only detects vertical detail, is effective and useable. It only has center-weighted metering, but that's certainly good enough.

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Blue, the only differences I'm aware of between the vanilla SF1 and the SF1n is a slightly higher FPS in continuous and the 1/4000 shutter speed. Oh, and the autobracketing. Is there something else that's significantly different?
Slightly faster flash sync! Maybe something else, I didn't look that close. I've only seen the SF1 in person. The mirror has a cool spiderweb design that must aid AF. The focus screen is replaceable. I have a broken one but I don't know whether to attempt a repair.

The SF10 seems to be a cheaper model with some downgraded features. The price difference is not significant today. Both of these cameras seem huge to me, but handle well despite the size.
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