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02-14-2009, 03:02 PM   #1
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I'm scanning a few camera descriptions from the December 1973 Modern Photography camera directory.

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I wonder what cameras will look like 36 years from now.

One thing's for sure, I won't be around to find out.
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They list an MSRP of $649.50 with the SMC Takumar 50/1.4. That is $2999.97 today according to the inflation calculator I used.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Just1MoreDave Quote
They list an MSRP of $649.50 with the SMC Takumar 50/1.4. That is $2999.97 today according to the inflation calculator I used.
Got my ESII and 50/1.4 for about $50.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Just1MoreDave Quote
They list an MSRP of $649.50 with the SMC Takumar 50/1.4. That is $2999.97 today according to the inflation calculator I used.
Just remember, back then the MSRP was even more of a fiction.

The ES II w/1.4 went for $365 in the kind of store you and I would buy from.

That's still around $1,700 in today's dollars.

And goes to show how consistent the price of a top pro-sumer camera has remained over time.

The most advanced Nikon, F2s with the 1.4 went for $660, which is $3,200 today. Well, the top pro cameras go for more than that these days.
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https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-medium-format-645-6x7/51163-1973-m...grapy-6x7.html


For the 6x7 capsule summary and an interesting Pentax advertisement
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I bought a black bodied ES 11 in May, 1974. It was and is an excellent camera. ...but a battery hound.

I almost bought a Nikon Photomic ..but got the Pentax ES 11. Quite a remarkable camera in it's day.

Mine is black just as in the MP photo. I always thought it was one beautiful looking camera.

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QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
I bought a black bodied ES 11 in May, 1974. It was and is an excellent camera. ...but a battery hound.
There must have been some improvement to batteries since then. I've shot probably a dozen rolls with mine over the year or so I've had it and have yet to change batteries.

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There must have been some improvement to batteries since then. I've shot probably a dozen rolls with mine over the year or so I've had it and have yet to change batteries.
What I meant by battery hound is that it took a lot of batteries...four. The camera I used before my ES 11 was my S1a (still works) and it was the opposite...took no batteries, but then the amount of features the ES 11 has, are many more than the basic S1a.
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I see what you mean now. From the article Nesster posted I learned that the switch to four LR44 batteries instead of a single 6 volt batter (on the ES) was to make space for a self-timer. Knowing that, it strikes me as a somewhat ingenious solution to the problem.

When I want to do SLR with no batteries I use the SV. The SV and the ESII make a very nice film body combination. The ESII for ease/versatility and the SV for that huge viewfinder and light weight. I recently saw an auction selling the two together that went for about $50. If I didn't already have both (or if I had had a spare $50) I would have bid on it.
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Yeah, the batteries cost more than the camera itself!

However, from what I've read, the ES ate batteries, and one of the improvements with the ES II was battery life.

But talk about eating batteries - the Oly OM-2s chows down on em. You can't turn off the current, except by removing the batteries.
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When I first got my ES 11 I was fascinated by it's ability to take night photos. I spent a lot of time with the ES 11 mounted on my tripod with a shutter relese cable attached taking night pictures. Back in those days you didn't see many night pictures.

With my old S1a I had to experiment a lot, using guesswork to get night photoes with the ES 11 it was so easy to get well exposed night pictures.

I took it out in the winter and here the winters go well below 25 below on a regular basis. No shutter freeze up...just nice automatic long shutter actuation's.

That was a long time ago..... 1973 on.
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