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05-23-2009, 06:54 PM   #1
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Pentax A3/A3000

A3/A3000
Year introduced
1984
Mount
KA
Meter range
1 - 18 EV
Meter pattern
c
ISO range
25 - 1600
DX ISO range
25 - 1600
Exposure modes
P, Av, X, B
Exposure compensation
+1.5 EV
Exposure memory lock
No
Shutter speeds (auto)
2 - 1/1000s
Shutter speeds (manual)
None
Shutter speeds (mechanical)
None
Self timer
Yes
Mirror lock-up
No
Auto bracketing
No
Multiple exposures
No
Winder
Built-in
Built-in flash
No
TTL flash
No
P-TTL flash
No
Sync speed
1/60s
Flash exposure comp
No
Autofocus
No
Autofocus sensitivity
Not applicable
Power zoom
No
Viewfinder
0.82x, 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 AA
Battery grip/pack
No
Size (W x H x D)
152.5 x 87.5 x 50.5 mm
Weight
530 g
Comment
The first Pentax with built-in winder


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08-12-2010, 09:50 AM   #2
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Pentax A3/A3000 Camera Review

Pros Auto film advance
Cons No manual mode. Doesn't work without batteries.
Rating 5
Price (U.S. Dollars) Don't remember
Years Owned 22

I can recommend this camera: No

Value, Features, Performance & Size
Value today - none.
Features - Auto film advance, program mode with A-series lenses.

Camera Review
This was my father's camera during my teenage years. The main drawback to this camera is the lack of any sort of manual mode. It is limited to full program mode, with A series lenses, or aperture priority using the aperture ring.

I really don't know why he bought this camera instead of a Super Program or a P3.
12-30-2010, 03:26 AM   #3
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Pentax A3/A3000 Camera Review

Pros Simple, reliable and quite rugged
Cons Noisy winder, no M mode, no exp. lock.
Rating 6
Price (U.S. Dollars) 15
Years Owned 1

I can recommend this camera: Yes

Value, Features, Performance & Size
Collector value is about none. Winder is fast but noisy. Body is larger than the older M-series, mostly due to use of 2xAA batteries. Very easy to use, but not a lot of features.

Camera Review
Arguably a camera targeted at beginners, it offers a similar feature level as the older ME, while also including an automatic winder.

There is no EV comp. wheel as on the ME series (aside from the backlight +1.5EV comp.), but it's easy to achieve by setting the ISO manually (taping the DX contacts on the film canister) and compensating by setting film speed instead.

Probably one of the cheaper choices of older amateur-level SLRs, it even runs off two AA batteries. Also, my sample does not have any light seals at the back, which makes for one less thing to check for. If you are to buy one, check if the camera seems to work normally (shutter, mirror, normal winder noise without loud 'clicks') and see if the meter responds. Move the aperture feeler lever (2 o'clock looking into the mount) if you don't have a lens on-hand.

Personally, I prefer my MX or K2, but for just trying film out, it is a decent choice, even though most of the P-series bodies also are cheap, reliable and easy-operated.
(But then again, considering used prices today, there's not really any bad Pentax SLRs, at least among the pre-AF-series. I got mine practically for free with an A50/1.7 and case, all in mint condition.)

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