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Any P30 fans here ?

mph555l
Posted 08/10/2009 - 11:22 Link
I dusted off my late fathers old P30n at the weekend and loaded it with some Velvia 50. Finally had a break in the weather and so I stopped on the way into work this morning and took some shots of the sunrise. Hopefully I'll get some of the sunset on the way home too.

Anyway, just thought I'd give a plug for the little camera. Its a joy to use and often seems to be over looked by most people.

Any other fans here ?

Cheers,

Ian
K10D & Super A user.
RobE17
Posted 08/10/2009 - 11:37 Link
Well I haven't got a P30N but my first SLR which I still have and was a 21st birthday present was a P30T and that was a cracking little camera!

Rob
Edited by RobE17: 08/10/2009 - 11:38
Hardgravity
Posted 08/10/2009 - 12:50 Link
I have all threee, P30, P30n and P30t.

All are a pleasure to use and still produce good results.

For info see this link regarding using modern lens.
Cheers, HG

K110+DA40, K200+DA35, K3 and a bag of lenses, bodies and other bits.

Mustn't forget the Zenits, or folders, or...

PPG entries.
Streiflicht
Posted 08/10/2009 - 13:10 Link
Iīve got a P30T as a former backup for my ME. I never enjoyed to work with this plasic thing. Technical it isnīt worse in comp. to the ME - just the feeling! I canīt sell the P30T, because nobody wants one.
Paul
Pentax since my good old Pentax ME
K3II, K5, DA 18-55 Mk2, DA 55-300, Tamron 90 macro, Pentax DA 35 Ltd., Pentax DA 15, manual lenses + some utensils

http://paul-gerhardprien.blogspot.com
K10D
Posted 08/10/2009 - 16:45 Link
Streiflicht wrote:
Iīve got a P30T as a former backup for my ME. I never enjoyed to work with this plasic thing. Technical it isnīt worse in comp. to the ME - just the feeling! I canīt sell the P30T, because nobody wants one.

But Nov 5th isn't far off and it would make a good picture if the guy on your bondi was holding it????... unless you donate it as a prize for something here if the winner pays P&P??
Inspiration is rarer than a plate glass camera.....
Hardgravity
Posted 08/10/2009 - 18:54 Link
Streiflicht wrote:
Iīve got a P30T as a former backup for my ME. I never enjoyed to work with this plasic thing. Technical it isnīt worse in comp. to the ME - just the feeling! I canīt sell the P30T, because nobody wants one.

To be honest, the focus screen in the P30T is the only bad thing about the camera!

Try selling through ebay, one I watched started at 99p and sold for around a tenner+postage
Cheers, HG

K110+DA40, K200+DA35, K3 and a bag of lenses, bodies and other bits.

Mustn't forget the Zenits, or folders, or...

PPG entries.
ambient housewife
Posted 10/10/2009 - 12:29 Link
My second SLR was a P30N which served me very well till I bought a K100d in 2007. I gave it to my brother in Australia who still uses it. I was given a MZ30 not long ago, but I miss the DOF preview, the ability to shoot without a battery from the P30N. Strangely, I also miss the winding lever on these newer cameras!
Daniel Bridge
Posted 10/10/2009 - 20:00 Link
If only Pentax would make a DSLR where the 'winding lever' was actually spinning a dynamo that produced enough charge to take one photo...

Dan

P.S. Welcome to the forum Ambient Housewife.
K-3, a macro lens and a DA*300mm...
RayB
Posted 14/10/2009 - 11:48 Link
I've still got my P30 (metal bodied), it was only retired in 2006 when I got my DL. At the time, my P30 was the most expensive thing I'd ever purchased (Ģ275) in 1987!

I've got it, the stock 50mm and various other lenses all in a Tamrac bag - don't really know what to do with it all but I'm sure I'll never use it again.
iceblinker
Posted 15/10/2009 - 15:55 Link
I was a fan of the P30 until I gave up film photography. Nice little camera.

Would have preferred a P50 though to get Aperture Priority rather than just Program or Manual.
~Pete
womble
Posted 15/10/2009 - 16:01 Link
RayB wrote:
I've still got my P30 (metal bodied), it was only retired in 2006 when I got my DL. At the time, my P30 was the most expensive thing I'd ever purchased (Ģ275) in 1987!

I've got it, the stock 50mm and various other lenses all in a Tamrac bag - don't really know what to do with it all but I'm sure I'll never use it again.

Firstly, don't leave them in the bag, put them somewhere dry and airy. Secondly, try the lenses on your dSLR. You might be pleasantly surprised.

K.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website
mire
Posted 15/10/2009 - 20:06 Link
Good to see some P30 owners (and previous users). I have two P30's both bought recently from car boot sales. The most recent was purchased for Ģ2.50 with a Tokina SD 28-70 lens. The condition of was terrible, the camera was on the stall with the film compartment door open and rusting. There was mud on the camera and lens, which was carefully removed with a tooth brush.
To cut a long story short I repaired the door catch, cleaned of the body and rust and repainted the metal on the door. Held my breath, put a set of batteries in and IT FIRED UP! Today I've been using the camera in PROGRAM mode in Exeter with a FP4 film. To the person who doesn't know what to do with their P30 - use it.

Mike
mph555l
Posted 16/10/2009 - 11:36 Link
mire wrote:
To the person who doesn't know what to do with their P30 - use it.

I could not agree more.

/Ian
K10D & Super A user.
spinno
Posted 21/10/2009 - 12:06 Link
My first Pentax SLR was P30n. I've just acquired a P3n which I believe was US version from ebay. It's good to use and it's great fun too
David
Dangermouse
Posted 25/11/2009 - 17:52 Link
I have a P30 and P30T, although I haven't used them for a while.
Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.

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