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12-22-2015, 05:26 PM   #3061
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Nice of your friend to give you that.

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My beloved MX and 55mm f1.2 combo. After experimenting with KX, K2, ME and SP I came back to the MX. Deadly accurate light meter, changeable screens, gloriously bright viewfinder with aperture readout. But the best part is that it never draws attention to itself. It's just about business.

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I have a number of film Pentaxes - an SV, four Spotmatic models, ME Super, ME-F and an MX. The MX is my clear favourite - not just my favourite Pentax but my favourite camera altogether (although my Voigtlander CLR comes a close second).
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QuoteOriginally posted by RR84 Quote
My beloved MX and 55mm f1.2 combo. After experimenting with KX, K2, ME and SP I came back to the MX. Deadly accurate light meter, changeable screens, gloriously bright viewfinder with aperture readout. But the best part is that it never draws attention to itself. It's just about business.
After buying a Pentax MX in 1977, I remember thinking how I now had the best possible camera system. The latest light meter chemistry, the smallest lightest professional package, the finest lens technology, and a bright view finder. I still feel the same way although I have great respect for others of the era. My MX has never been serviced other than by me replacing door seals and mirror bumper. The follow-up automatic series MV, & MG were too compromised in quality and ability to ever attract me. Opening the bottom revealed too much stamped tin parts. Are there any others who think the ME has a more solid feel than the ME Super?

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QuoteOriginally posted by arnold Quote
Are there any others who think the ME has a more solid feel than the ME Super?
Well I did notice the shutter button on the ME is metal, while the ME Super is plastic. That would be in line with what you're saying. Even so I would still prefer the ME Super of the standard ME mostly due to the 1/2000th shutter speed.

Here's a pic of my 'double trouble' MX and SP.

01-02-2016, 03:25 AM   #3066
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Pentax 645

Pentax 645 with 80-160mm zoom lens and Sunpak 522 flash unit attached.
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Looks like a laser gun from the 70s!
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Pentax 645 with 80-160mm zoom lens and Sunpak 522 flash unit attached.
Are those 35mm film packs? I would love to have one of these 645s

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QuoteOriginally posted by RR84 Quote
My beloved MX and 55mm f1.2 combo. After experimenting with KX, K2, ME and SP I came back to the MX. Deadly accurate light meter, changeable screens, gloriously bright viewfinder with aperture readout. But the best part is that it never draws attention to itself. It's just about business.
I find that I now have a good selection of Pentax gear from almost everry era. I have an SP II, SP 1000 and an SP F, a KM, KX and K2, an LX and a 67. But the one Pentax I don't own and really wish I did is the simple yet elegant little MX. It's probably been 25 years since the last time I shot with one, but I still remember what a natural extension of my senses it was. I hope to end the drought -- very soon.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cooltouch Quote
But the one Pentax I don't own and really wish I did is the simple yet elegant little MX. It's probably been 25 years since the last time I shot with one, but I still remember what a natural extension of my senses it was. I hope to end the drought -- very soon.
That's a great way to put it - "extension of my senses". That's exactly what makes the MX so charming. I just wrote up a review for the MX in the review section. It's pretty hard not to give it a 10... 9 just doesn't do it justice.
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Black K2, bought a few days ago with the pictured lenses. The lenses came with their original cases and the 135mm came with its original hood too. I like all three a lot. The complete package is in pristine condition. The camera is in such a good condition that it does not suffer from the infamous stiff ASA ring. It turns very smoothly. Awkward design, but works as new.

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Are those 35mm film packs? I would love to have one of these 645s
Yes, those are 35mm packs. I tried to fit them in the 645, but I guess you have to have a different film holder to make it work. :>) They do work better in my MZ-S film camera!
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...how...does...this work?

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So I was thinking having this thread as an introduction to which body is your main body. Also, what lenses do you use? What film do you use? In addition to that, give a reason for why you chose your setup.
Please share your cameras and views/reasons!
My favorite camera: Pentax 645
My second favorite camera: Nikon F3HP

My favorite lenses: Pentax 645 SMC A 35mm f/3.5, 75mm f/2.8, 200mm f/4
My second favorite lenses: Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AI-S, Nikkor 85mm f/2 AI-S, Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 AI-S

My favorite color neg film: 120 Kodak Ektar 100
My favorite color slide film: 120 Fujichrome Velvia 100
My favorite b&w film: 120 Ilford Delta 100
My favorite extinct film: 120 Kodak Kodachrome 64
My favorite 35mm film: Ilford XP2+ Super

Why 645? I can easily see my contact sheets without a loupe. The medium format real estate allow much greater enlargements while retaining resolution and detail, the ability to crop more, and beautiful bokeh with shallow depth-of-field. The camera and grip are well-balanced and the thunder clap of mirror, shutter curtains, and film advance motor and gears boldly screams that I made a decision, captured the light, and am storing the past for the future.

Why primes? Durability, size, speed, image quality, shallow depth-of-field, brighter viewfinder and weight. It also forces me to move in my environment to discover the potential angles, perspectives, and a consistent look or style. They are not jack of all trades, and masters of none. They are masters of the one thing.

Why film? I love digital, but when I shoot film, I feel like I have the potential of creating Art. I don't have a virtual digital negative with infinite copies; I have one unique analog negative. Film has a flatness, almost canvas like quality, that demands care and craft. Each digital sensor has a quality, but you only get one of those. Each film has its own qualities of tonal or color rendition, grain structure, dynamic range, and then depending on how and in what it is developed will alter unique results. The latent image forces intent and vision and patience and something that feels like poetry.
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Here are a couple of quick shots of my MX with K 50mm f/1.4. Taken with the K3 and K 28mm f/3.5. The MX, which I was using at the weekend, is currently loaded with Tri-X at 1600.


MX with K 50/1.4
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MX with K 50/1.4
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