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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-15-2018, 05:01 AM  
Little help picking K-mount SLR?
Posted By Papa_Joe
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The Super A ist the camera I would have recommended instead of the ME Super.

It is the better camera (I have them both) but it has it's own issue.
The A series introduced the electronic contacts in the bayonett. The issue a Super A might have is the malfunction of these contacts (mine has). The result will be unreliable metering when the aperture ring of the lens is set to A. I think it will work if you set the aperture to any other value, but I'am not sure about this. My Super A worked very well when it was my main camera and I found out about the issue just last year, when I tried if it still works.

Of course manual setting still works, but where is the point in a Super A, that only works in manual mode?

Other kown issues are: LCD lighting will not work and yes, there are problems firing the camera as well.

If you get one in working condition I would recommend it over the ME super, as it has the same features plus DOF preview, programm mode, aperture priority, TTL flash.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-17-2018, 09:15 AM  
Little help picking K-mount SLR?
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 66
Views: 4,438
The camera for you seems to be the Cosina CT 3.

Works with dials. Full metal body, built like a tank.

Aperture priority or manualy set shutter speed.


- Electronic shutter. I do not no if X sync is mechanical. Probably not.
- No DOF preview.

I can also recommend the chinon CE-4 which was my first camera (rebranded as Revueflex AC-2). True, it has a plastic top, but that was no issue. Completely reliable camera wonderfull usability (until i dropped it onto an italian piazza). Has Dials, DOF preview, Aperture priority, manual shutter speed, but only works with batteries.

However all these cameras will have detoriated light seals and mirror damper. If you want to have a camera with working seals you have to buy a Pentax P30n, which is all plastic and has NO manualy set ISO. Or you look for newer Ricohs or Chinon, which will have a plastic body too.
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