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04-07-2016, 07:51 PM   #3106
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OMG -- camera porn!

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Gorgeous indeed!
+1 for the lovely black KX.

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Lovely!
QuoteOriginally posted by chickentender Quote
Gorgeous indeed!
QuoteOriginally posted by cooltouch Quote
OMG -- camera porn!
QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
+1 for the lovely black KX.

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Thanks guys. Just acquired my second AP-K with 83/1.9 and an AP with 58/2. Stay tuned for more Penta-Porn..
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Class of 1976!

Picked up a nice ME from a local PF member, so decided to do a group photo of the four Pentax cameras released 40 years ago along with a couple disco albums from that same year.



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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
Class of 1976!

Picked up a nice ME from a local PF member, so decided to do a group photo of the four Pentax cameras released 40 years ago along with a couple disco albums from that same year.



Phil.
Lovely set. I have the feeling that the ME is a better built camera than the ME Super. My impression may be unsupported, but I think they cut corners with the later model. It has winding weaknesses. Sure the ME is limited to 1/1000 and no direct manual control of speed, but the indirect control is faster anyway. As for high speeds, I survived a decade on the 1/250 maximum. Even today I seldom need more than that.
04-11-2016, 12:38 AM   #3111
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QuoteOriginally posted by arnold Quote
Lovely set. I have the feeling that the ME is a better built camera than the ME Super. My impression may be unsupported, but I think they cut corners with the later model. It has winding weaknesses. Sure the ME is limited to 1/1000 and no direct manual control of speed, but the indirect control is faster anyway. As for high speeds, I survived a decade on the 1/250 maximum. Even today I seldom need more than that.
Since wrapping my hands around a 1958 K, every other succeeding Pentax has felt consumerised and cheap. Still love the MX though. It can get away with it 'cos it's so damn cute..
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Since wrapping my hands around a 1958 K,
My 1958K is too special for being an everyday user, but the last of these early series, the SV, (HV3 in USA?) still has that special hand made quality and a smooth advance. I have three of them, two recently serviced and they are suitable for regular use. One can use super and SMC lenses on them in the auto mode. This is not feasible on earlier models, even on the H2. The self-timer can also come in handy at times, as can the accommodation of the Pentax light-meter which came after the S2 (H2) model. The H1A is good too but no timer, and speeds max 1/500. As you can see in the picture, the H1A can also use the meter.
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04-11-2016, 05:23 AM   #3113
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Mine - ME-super, MZ-5 or MZ-7

Well, my favorites...

ME-super. Much better in use then the ME. Just does the job.
Because of the size of the body, easy to take with me. Also very sturdy. Works although dented and someplaces even a bit rusty. No problem, it works fine and the batteries are very long lasting!

MZ-5. Very handy, also with AutoFocus and works very well with zoomlenses. Also nice and light.
The body is a bit big though (yes, you need room for the flash and the batteries). Very handy for lenses without an 'A' on the aperture-ring.

MZ-7. Lot like the MZ-5 but less handy to work with with older lenses without the 'A' on the ring. Very practically though also for lenses with 'only A'. It can handle both systems.
Thus, some lenses I have that cannot work with the ME-super and the MZ-5 can be used. These can also be used on the digital bodies.
Actually I have a couple of lenses that do have a 'not-A'-aperture-ring but the ring can hardly be used in practise because my hands are to big to fit between tripot-holder, body and lens on this ring. So it stays at 'A' and is only used on the MZ-5 or merely the MZ-7.
With the MZ-7 the aperture can be changed on the body, on the MZ-5 this can only be done with turning the ring.

So, which body I use depends on what I'm taking pictures of. With birds with a Sigma 150-500 mm this can only be done (aperture-ring almost inside the body although the lens is heavy and long) with the MZ-7 but on more 'normal occasions' I tend to use the MZ-5 or ME-super.
With primes the ME-super is best, with zooms like the Tamron 28-250 that is the MZ-5 or MZ-7 ... the ME-super simply cannot calculate the right aperture with that lens.

Most used lens:
wide zoom like the 28-250 or a 35-80 of Pentax, also depending on weather-conditions.
Prime 50 f/1.7 or 28 mm and many time used facing the oposite direction for macro (with a reverse-ring)
Tele 500 mm or zoom 170-500 for bird-photography.
Many times 2 times teleconverter

Most used films:
* B&W: Rollei RPX-400 (developed with RPX-D so it can be well pushed till 1600 ASA)

* Color or B&W: Rollei CN-200 film (standard development or pushed 1 stop)
The CN-200 film can be used as well for B&W printing in the darkroom so I can make the selection for the print in colour or B&W after development (standard C-41 process or 1 push to 400 ASA).

* Sometimes: Fuji 800 ASA colour film. this is pretty rare for me nowadays as in higher ASA with colour I use the DSLR more often.

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QuoteOriginally posted by arnold Quote
Lovely set. I have the feeling that the ME is a better built camera than the ME Super. My impression may be unsupported, but I think they cut corners with the later model. It has winding weaknesses. Sure the ME is limited to 1/1000 and no direct manual control of speed, but the indirect control is faster anyway. As for high speeds, I survived a decade on the 1/250 maximum. Even today I seldom need more than that.
Would not surprise me with the ME's, same thing happened with the latter K1000's. More plastics started showing up in the non MIJ versions and they just felt/looked cheaper.

Your H1A & meter reminds of the 6x7 & TTL meter setup, looks like Pentax "borrowed" the 6x7 design from the 35mm cameras.

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The H1A is good too but no timer, and speeds max 1/500. As you can see in the picture, the H1A can also use the meter.
A new H1a was my first SLR in 1965. I've always found its 1/1000 shutter speed works fine - it just isn't marked.
The shutter and adjustments were identical to the H3v, just a different dial for marketing reasons, to make the higher priced model more appealing.
My H1a still feels great when I return to it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TomB_tx Quote
A new H1a was my first SLR in 1965. I've always found its 1/1000 shutter speed works fine - it just isn't marked.
The shutter and adjustments were identical to the H3v, just a different dial for marketing reasons, to make the higher priced model more appealing.
My H1a still feels great when I return to it.
For a time my H1a was my favorite camera, but I eventually let it go when I got the SV. They just have a sublime mechanical feel and shutter sound - can't really explain the appeal.

My K is The only camera I own that I am afraid to actually use since there isn't a mark on it anywhere.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
Class of 1976!

Picked up a nice ME from a local PF member, so decided to do a group photo of the four Pentax cameras released 40 years ago along with a couple disco albums from that same year.
That's some sweet dynamite right there, Phil.
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QuoteOriginally posted by arnold Quote
My 1958K is too special for being an everyday user
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My K is The only camera I own that I am afraid to actually use since there isn't a mark on it anywhere.
The K is my go-to 35mm for the street. I think it's important to use whatever feels most satisfying to shoot, as that will ultimately result in better photos.
04-11-2016, 03:57 PM   #3119
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My K is The only camera I own that I am afraid to actually use since there isn't a mark on it anywhere.

I had a pristine black Nikon FT3 that was just too nice to use, so I sold it.
Later I had a perfect black Pentax KM camera body that I gave away.
There's no room for glass display cases in our small place...

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The K is my go-to 35mm for the street. I think it's important to use whatever feels most satisfying to shoot, as that will ultimately result in better photos.
Part of my enjoyment of the hobby is to use as many different Pentax 35mm cameras as I can get my hands on. Every so often one of them stands out and finds a permanent place in my drawer. Then the goal changes to learning that particular camera and improving my images with it.

The K has stuck with me - I'm just exceedingly careful using it.
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