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07-06-2011, 07:34 AM   #1126
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QuoteOriginally posted by unixrevolution Quote
I don't understand why Pentax or anyone else can't make a decent D-SLR the size of an M film body, unless they just don't think it'll sell.

Even my relatively light K100D is huge compared to an M-series.


I don't know if you have noticed this or not, but our friendly consumer electronics companies are actually remarkably adept at making products smaller and smaller and smaller.

You can put faith in the fact that if & when it becomes feasible to shrink a DSLR, they will in fact do just that.

- Sam

PS: I, too, would love a DSLR in the shape of a ME or MX.

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QuoteOriginally posted by sameagle Quote
I don't know if you have noticed this or not, but our friendly consumer electronics companies are actually remarkably adept at making products smaller and smaller and smaller.

You can put faith in the fact that if & when it becomes feasible to shrink a DSLR, they will in fact do just that.

- Sam

PS: I, too, would love a DSLR in the shape of a ME or MX.

I played around a little with an OLY E420 and that thing is surprisingly close in size to a K1000.

E420= 130x91x53

K1000= 143x91.5x49

To bad the Oly has a small viewfinder and isn't K-mount.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Swift1 Quote
I played around a little with an OLY E420 and that thing is surprisingly close in size to a K1000.

E420= 130x91x53

K1000= 143x91.5x49

To bad the Oly has a small viewfinder and isn't K-mount.
The old *istD is 129 x 95 x 60 and 550 grams and had a mirror box for a full frame system. Of course it didn't have the SR which is part of the reason the later bodies got bigger.
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The old *istD is 129 x 95 x 60 and 550 grams and had a mirror box for a full frame system. Of course it didn't have the SR which is part of the reason the later bodies got bigger.
True enough, I have the grip on my *istD so I think of it as big compared to a K1000.

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A few new K Series additions to the family!

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QuoteOriginally posted by unixrevolution Quote
I don't understand why Pentax or anyone else can't make a decent D-SLR the size of an M film body, unless they just don't think it'll sell.

Even my relatively light K100D is huge compared to an M-series.
On the top cover, you can see a marker indicating the location of sensor plane. The sensor is mounted on a circuit board with SR device. Behind it, there is another circuit board to run the camera and then LCD screen. There are motors for focusing and for operating mirror/shutter, and the battery and SD card in the hand grip. The mirror is not completely silvered to allow some light to transmit through and then reflected to a CCD detector for focusing. Further miniaturization is possible. My MZ-5N and MZ-6 are probably smaller and lighter than the M-body.

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I found this K1000 with lens in a thrift store for 10 bucks, with fungus in the rear group, Further digging found an identical lens with fungus in the front group, and I paid 5 bucks for that one. The lens I put together from both isn't spotless but it's functional. The meter wire had been dissolved by a leaky battery so I spliced in a short length using Permatex defroster grid repair compound. The meter is accurate and the shutter speed seems close, it takes nice pictures. I installed new light seals. I haven't had a chance to use it much but it's ready to go..


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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
A few new K Series additions to the family!

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Lovely gear there, as we would expect from you, Phil.
That black K2 looks awesome...I saw a "K" 85/210 "3.5"on ebay recently....had a $500 bid on it I think, last time I saw it....Did you get that one?
Regards, Martin.

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Lovely gear there, as we would expect from you, Phil.
That black K2 looks awesome...I saw a "K" 85/210 "3.5"on ebay recently....had a $500 bid on it I think, last time I saw it....Did you get that one?
Regards, Martin.
Thanks Martin! No I missed that item, though the f3.5 version of the 85-210 is on my "wish" list. I think KEH also had one a few weeks back.
It might take awhile to find a clean one with the case, hood and close-up attachment. I'm getting pickier with old age.

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My Spotmatic SP500. First film camera. Just got through the first roll of film with it. Light meter doesn't work and is currently awaiting light seals.



I know it isn't a Pentax, but my Ricoh Kr-5 Super II just came in. Feels really cheap compared to the Spotty. It's in really good condition though.

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Wow Phil, those look like they did new. I love seeing the K series boxes...
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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
Thanks Martin! No I missed that item, though the f3.5 version of the 85-210 is on my "wish" list. I think KEH also had one a few weeks back.
It might take awhile to find a clean one with the case, hood and close-up attachment. I'm getting pickier with old age.

Phil.

I nominate Phil "King of the K series". You must has every K lens ever produced by now Phil. Nice to see them in such pristine condition.

Come to think of it there is another forum member, Jim King, who seems to have every lens from every series Pentax ever made. I guess we shall demote Phil to Prince.

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My Spotmatic SP500. First film camera. Just got through the first roll of film with it. Light meter doesn't work and is currently awaiting light seals.



I know it isn't a Pentax, but my Ricoh Kr-5 Super II just came in. Feels really cheap compared to the Spotty. It's in really good condition though.
The K-mount Ricoh cameras are nice. I have an XR-7, and my Fiancee has a XR-1S, and they're both wonderfully PACKED with features, like a diagonal split ring and a real multi-exposure function. The XR-7 has shutter speeds all the way to 16s on the shutter dial!
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QuoteOriginally posted by unixrevolution Quote
The K-mount Ricoh cameras are nice. I have an XR-7, and my Fiancee has a XR-1S, and they're both wonderfully PACKED with features, like a diagonal split ring and a real multi-exposure function. The XR-7 has shutter speeds all the way to 16s on the shutter dial!
By today's standards, those Ricohs were pretty spiff: by the standards of the *time* they were kind of cheaply-built, (by brass-and-glass standards where people were accustomed to the idea that if they bought a serious camera, it would work as designed for their grandchildren) quirky and gimmicky, but they're actually a pretty decent choice by now. (Don't expect a whole lot of brains behind any auto exposure modes, though: that's why.
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QuoteOriginally posted by 8540tomg Quote
I nominate Phil "King of the K series". You must has every K lens ever produced by now Phil. Nice to see them in such pristine condition.

Come to think of it there is another forum member, Jim King, who seems to have every lens from every series Pentax ever made. I guess we shall demote Phil to Prince.

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Thanks Tom and Steve.

Sure Prince Philip works for me.

I got lucky finding the two K2s & a couple lens hoods at the same camera store. They came from a collection the store got in. The collection also has a mint K1000/8, K500/4.5 and K400/5.6 (new & boxed), which are still available.

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