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05-23-2009, 03:15 PM   #1
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Pentax MV

MV
Year introduced
1980
Mount
K
Meter range
3 - 19 EV
Meter pattern
c
ISO range
25 - 1600
DX ISO range
No DX coding
Exposure modes
Av, X, B
Exposure compensation
+/-2 EV
Exposure memory lock
No
Shutter speeds (auto)
1 - 1/1000s
Shutter speeds (manual)
None
Shutter speeds (mechanical)
1/100s, B
Self timer
No
Mirror lock-up
No
Auto bracketing
No
Multiple exposures
Yes
Winder
No
Built-in flash
No
TTL flash
No
P-TTL flash
No
Sync speed
1/100s
Flash exposure comp
No
Autofocus
No
Autofocus sensitivity
Not applicable
Power zoom
No
Viewfinder
0.85x, 92%
Viewfinder type
Pentaprism
Diopter correction
No
Exchangeable screen
No
Depth of field preview
No
Image size
24 x 36 mm
Panorama format
No
Battery
2 x S76
Battery grip/pack
No
Size (W x H x D)
132 x 84 x 49.5 mm
Weight
420 g
Comment
A less expensive version of the ME with no optional winder, a smaller view finder whithout shutter speed information


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12-16-2010, 11:26 PM   #2
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Pentax MV Camera Review

Pros good beginner camera
Cons very limited features
Rating 5
Price (U.S. Dollars) do not remember
Years Owned 4

I can recommend this camera: No

Value, Features, Performance & Size
The MV was a value based SLR from the early 80s. It was best suited to those with limited knowledge and experience who needed an automatic camera. It had one manual shutter speed for flash sync. The light meter was a column of dots - adjust your aperture until the center green dot is illuminated.

Camera Review
I purchased my MV in 1980 when I was 15 years old. It was my very first SLR, and I saved up for it too! I know it isn't as useful to a beginner as a K1000 (I was so new to photography then), but I was very satisfied with my purchase! I loved the look of that MV - it kinda called to me in the display case. It's hard to explain, but I think the design had a lot to do with it. It was the perfect size and shape. Not complicated at all, and I guess that's what I needed at the time. It wasn't long before I reached its limitations, but I held onto it for a couple years after I replaced it. I kinda wish I still had it. Not to use, but for nostalgia. As I prepare to purchase my K-5, a lot of what I first liked about my MV comes to mind - the small size, the simple design, the minimal controls - and the excitement of knowing that I had picked the right camera for me. So let's go out and take some pictures!
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