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05-23-2009, 03:18 PM   #1
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Pentax ME F

ME F
Year introduced
1981
Mount
KF
Meter range
1 - 19 EV
Meter pattern
c
ISO range
12-1600
DX ISO range
No DX coding
Exposure modes
Av, M, X, B
Exposure compensation
+/-2 EV
Exposure memory lock
No
Shutter speeds (auto)
4 - 1/2000s
Shutter speeds (manual)
4 - 1/2000s
Shutter speeds (mechanical)
1/125s, B
Self timer
Yes
Mirror lock-up
No
Auto bracketing
No
Multiple exposures
Yes
Winder
External winder 2 fps
Built-in flash
No
TTL flash
No
P-TTL flash
No
Sync speed
1/125s
Flash exposure comp
No
Autofocus
Yes (1 point)
Autofocus sensitivity
4 - 16 EV
Power zoom
No
Viewfinder
0.87x, 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
4 x S76
Battery grip/pack
No
Size (W x H x D)
132 x 87.5 x 49 mm
Weight
480 g
Comment
Pentax' first autofocus camera. The autofocus motor was built into the lens. Although it was ahead of its time, only one autofocus lens was ever developed for it: the SMC Pentax-AF 35-70mm F2.8. This lens's autofocus mode can only be used with the ME F.


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Pentax ME F Camera Review

Pros Huge finder
Cons quirkie AF & only 1 lens supported
Rating 10
Price 75
Years Owned 2

I can recommend this camera
: Yes

Value, Features, Performance & Size
This camera has a nice finder.

Camera Review
I had this body reworked by the legendary Eric Hendrickson last summer. It is essentially like using an ME Super when an M series lens is used on it. I have the matching AF 35-70mm lens for collectible reasons. This is part of my working Pentax collection. It will also work with the ME II Winder. This camera is just as nice as the ME Super and is essentially that body with extra electronics to run the lens pictured below.

ME F with AF lens and ME II Winder are pictured above.
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Pentax ME F Camera Review

Pros Bright viewer, Classic Pentax camera (first autofocus)
Cons The autofocus is soooo slow and it hunts
Rating 7
Price (U.S. Dollars) 0
Years Owned 0

I can recommend this camera: Yes

Value, Features, Performance & Size
Heavy lens, glacially slow autofocus, small body.

Camera Review
I never owned this camera, but have used it some. It ONLY autofocuses with the 28-70mm f2.8 F lens. It is very slow, it sounds like you are skinning a live cat when you use it. The lens is quite heavy. But who cares? This is arguably the first autofocus body of any maker (Olympus has a similar claim to fame). The 28-70mm f2.8 is actually an excellent lens, just don't expect autofocus with your other bodies.

Own it to own a piece of history.
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