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05-24-2010, 02:28 PM   #61
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A Pentax repairman you may know says these are reliable, well-made cameras.
(FWIW he does not say the same about the ZX series.)

If you have doubts about yours you can buy a replacement for next to nothing.

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This thread in general brought a new plan for a P30t currently in Fed-Ex's hands which came with a lens I wanted to try. The whole thing is at the right price and since no one seems to value these, and they sound pretty light and compact, I may just have to keep it as my K mount spare body. It'll be better suited as a spare than the dead Ricoh and ME Super I gifted to my Godchild.

We will see, but now I'm a bit excited over it. Sure is ugly though.
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I think you'll be quite pleased with it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Portland Pete Quote
Don't give up on it just yet. I've been shooting mine for 18 years, and the only hangups took place with weak/dead batteries. It sounds like you changed the batteries in there as a troubleshooting step, is that right? I'm not sure why it would hang up with the shutter partially open like that, but one incident is hardly grounds to junk a camera. I vote for giving it another shot.
Ahh, but the new batteries did not do the trick alone. I had to physically manipulate the shutter curtain. And I'm not the only one this has happened to. I have another P3n I had forgotten about...I won in an auction...but I really wanted the lens it was attached to. So I'll give that copy a try someday. P.S. I put the used batteries back into the camera and kept testing the shutter horizontly and vertically and no more hang up...hmmm maybe I should try it upside down?

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QuoteOriginally posted by tvfd911 Quote
This thread in general brought a new plan for a P30t currently in Fed-Ex's hands which came with a lens I wanted to try. The whole thing is at the right price and since no one seems to value these, and they sound pretty light and compact, I may just have to keep it as my K mount spare body. It'll be better suited as a spare than the dead Ricoh and ME Super I gifted to my Godchild.

We will see, but now I'm a bit excited over it. Sure is ugly though.
Well the P30t feels the same as the P3n, but the shutter sounds completely different!
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Perhaps you have discovered this model's failure mode for nearly exhausted batteries.

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An ad from '86
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
An ad from '86...
I think I may be in the minority, but I really like the styling of the P3, P3n, and P3t series cameras. I even owned one for a short while until I realized that it depended on DX encoding and I may yet buy another one if I see one clean at a good price.

Beautiful cameras.


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The DX coding only is the only downside I've found to the camera. I've been shooting the same one for 18 years and love it. You can get DX stickers from Porters Digital Camera Store | Porter's Camera Store Iowa | Canon Digital Cameras | Nikon Digital Cameras to fool the meter. I have a bunch of bulk loading canisters that are DX coded for 400, but I have 125 Plus-X in them. I just put the sticker on there and I'm good.

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DX Coding...

I don't get the big deal about DX coding. Maybe I should head to the beginners corner. Can someone explain the difference between
ACME Color 100
and
ACME Color 100(DX).

is it so you can set the speed on ACME Color 100 to 50 cause you can't buy 50?

note: ACME is what ACME is. The coyote buys their products all the time.

p.s. JUSSI... love that P3 Ad. I'm right clicking / saving now.
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QuoteOriginally posted by EyeSpy Quote
I don't get the big deal about DX coding. Maybe I should head to the beginners corner. Can someone explain the difference between
ACME Color 100
and
ACME Color 100(DX).

is it so you can set the speed on ACME Color 100 to 50 cause you can't buy 50?

note: ACME is what ACME is. The coyote buys their products all the time.

p.s. JUSSI... love that P3 Ad. I'm right clicking / saving now.
Some of load our own canisters from bulk rolls using film of various speeds. You can get DX bulk canisters and stickers, but the choice of ISO values is limited (100 and 400 IIRC). Some of us also like to shoot at odd film speeds with B&W to match the specifics of developers that we use. I develop my stuff in Edwal FG-7. One of the side-affects/features of FG-7 is somewhat higher film speed than would be encoded on the canister. Edwal recommends shooting at twice the box speed. I shoot my Acros 100 and Rollei Retro 100 at ISO 160. There is also the matter of push processing.


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If you normally shoot at box speed DX-only won't hinder you at all.

These SLRs sell now for less than a point & shoot did back then,
yet they are far more likely to deliver excellent results.

What's not to love about NEd?

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QuoteOriginally posted by chrisplatt Quote
if you normally shoot at box speed dx-only won't hinder you at all.

These slrs sell now for less than a point & shoot did back then,
yet they are far more likely to deliver excellent results.

What's not to love about ned?

Chris
thanks to steve and chris !!
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Old thread revival alert! I just got a P30t and am trying to find out if I want it. A quirk - when the shutter dial is set to A the camera shows you whichshutter speed it is using. But with the lens in A position, I dont see any indication of what F stop is chosen. I guess I can guess from ambient light and DOF previews. but am I missing something?
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That is normal. This model has no aperture indication in the viewfinder.
Exposure modes are manual, aperture preferred AE and Program AE.
A chart of the program is in the instruction manual at pentaximaging.com

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