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10-10-2009, 05:31 PM   #1
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The A3000

I have a Pentax A3000 that my father gave me a few years ago, as he had one since before I was even born, and wanted us to have the same camera. (He did photography before I was born, kinda like how I'm doing it now too).

What can I do with this camera?

These are a few pictures I took with the A3000, all with Fuji Film (I prefer the warm color of Fuji over Kodak)

These pictures were taken several years ago when I started experimenting with photography, proably about 4-5 years ago.

(They were all digitized from a film scanner I have, back when it was working before the lamp failed)

10-12-2009, 09:15 AM   #2
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The A3000 is nicely made, and the built in winder is cool. But it is limited to program mode with A lenses & aperture priority mode otherwise. No manual mode, so the only exosure adjustments you can make are with the aperture ring. That said, it can still be a good grab & go camera.
10-13-2009, 03:37 PM   #3
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Exposure adjustment

QuoteOriginally posted by bobore Quote
No manual mode, so the only exosure adjustments you can make are with the aperture ring.
This is a common misconception. Any of the bodies with the manual ASA (ISO) setting feature has de facto exposure override capability -- the A3000 and most M-bodies are good examples. Some make it easier than others

It's relatively easy to off-set exposure by tweaking the ASA ring. Some -- for example, the ME Super and MG even have a dial calibrated for that capability as a convenience and describe that process in the manual.

Also, some bodies with only auto-ISO sensing could be tricked into using odd-ball films or pushing exposures by using tape or nail polish on the cassette matrix pattern. I've long since forgotten the specific tricks but it could be done.

10-15-2009, 12:15 AM   #4
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Pacer - Yes, very true about the ISO dial, and I do recall using it to override auto exposure settings. Unfortunately, there is no way to lock in a shutter setting on the A3000. The only thing you have full control over is the aperture.

10-15-2009, 12:51 AM   #5
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It has Bulb, so you can always control the exposure, the old fashioned way
Although I'd probably over expose everything if I tried it

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