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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-21-2019, 02:23 PM  
SV advice and 'market of origin'
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
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That's what I was hoping, something simple and mechanical without any circuits.

Big call! We'll see :)

I also have a Spotmatic F (which admittedly probably needs a good clean), which is much grainier than my LX/MX. Is the VF and focussing screen comparable? I agree that the dimmer/grainier screens often make focussing easier. Similar issue with the really bright Hasselblad Acute Matte screens.

Interesting, a 55/f1.8 is coming with the SV and I have a SMC 50/f1.4 from the Spotty, so I'll be able to compare.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-20-2019, 09:20 PM  
SV advice and 'market of origin'
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
Replies: 5
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Hi all,

So my search for a pre-Spotmatic Pentax has finally born fruit (after a recent, highly traumatic classifieds miss on a black-paint S2 Super :( ) and I have a mint single-owner SV (red R) and assorted goodies on their way :)

In the meantime, can anyone suggest any tips, tricks and issues to watch for? Most of my Pentax experience is with the MX/LX. I have a Spotty F, but I've never even held a 'S' series... Is a SV much like a Spotmatic (sans electrics) with regard to reliability?

Also, is it possible to tell the camera's 'market of origin' from the body itself? It belonged to the seller's late father, and she wasn't sure if he purchased it new in Australia, or if a friend had bought it for him while on holiday in Japan. Is there any difference between SV's for the Australian and Japanese markets?

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