Best Film body to get.


johnriley

Link Posted 21/01/2013 - 18:44
I can tell you that I have seen versions of the MX manual where it does exclude lithium. Or it might be one of the edtions of the Pentax Way.

Lithium batteries do need some caution and correct use, as Boeing are currently discovering and as we found out a whiloe back in Sony laptops.
Best regards, John

Algernon

Link Posted 21/01/2013 - 20:10
ASa wrote:
Interesting, I'm currently using the CR1 in my ME Super, and so far so good. In the manual for Super A it is specified that it can take two 1,5V batteries or one 3V lithium battery.
I have a feeling that this isn't stated previously due to the fact that lithium batteries didn't really exist commonly until the release of the Super A. But not to start an argue with it, if you say so I do believe it's not recommended. I'll let you know if anything happens to my beloved ME Super!

The Lithium batteries were brought out around the time that the
ME and MX were released. Silver had rocketed to a sky high price
and they were a cheap alternative for some cameras, but not
recommended for Pentax. One of the cameras (ME or MX) was
supplied with Alkaline batteries. It says so in the manual.

Strangely when silver came back down in price they started to
charge more for Litium, because of the greater capacity.

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Algi
Last Edited by Algernon on 21/01/2013 - 20:10

Blythman

Link Posted 21/01/2013 - 20:51
I never used the battery in my MX. I always used an incident meter.
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ASa

Link Posted 22/01/2013 - 05:44
I checked the manuals (pentax-manuals.com) for MX, ME, ME Super, Super A and P30. The MX was supplied with alkalines, but both the ME and ME Super were supplied with silver oxides. The Super A doesnät state which batteries it comes with, but is said to be powered by 2 alkaline or silver oxide batteries, or one lithium battery. And then again the P30 skips the lithiums.
Indeed the lithium batteries heat up more when used, but since the light meter in ME Super is active only 30 seconds at a time, I'm not too worried... But I do believe it may not be recommended, so I'll add a word of caution for everyone wanting to run the CR1's, you'll do it on your own risk.
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Offertonhatter

Link Posted 23/01/2013 - 23:09
I did'nt think of metering batteries, that is something to consider, especially with the Dreamliner in the news.

As I already have the MZ-5n and MZ-50 (with the awful plastic bayonet) I would like a nice metal bodied K-mount body should both my MZ series cameras finally give up on the mirror.
The ME Super and MX both sound rather good, and from your responses, the ones to look out for. As for the Z series, I am not a big fan, pig ugly cameras and big brutes. But having said that, are alright in the hand.
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EdBray

Link Posted 27/01/2013 - 12:33
My 35mm Outfit consists of an MX, a Super A and a pair of LXs. If I am doing low-light or tripod work I use an LX if moving around the MX or Super A.

I do like the 1/2 stop metering on the MX though. If I am going somewhere where cold is an issue I will take an LX or the MX.

Trouble is though I rarely do any 35mm stuff anymore as I much prefer using my LF cameras for my personal stuff.

smc

Link Posted 27/01/2013 - 19:39
My first proper camera was an MX that I still own and use. Recommended every time. For something more modern, the Super A, P50 or ME Super have fantastic viewfinders and good ergonomics as well as auto or programme modes. The AF models had less bright/usable finders for MF and lose some of the charm of using film IMHO.

Algernon

Link Posted 27/01/2013 - 21:23
The later ones had a charm of their own




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Algi

Offertonhatter

Link Posted 27/01/2013 - 21:49
Dont tempt me with an MZ-S Algi. I want one, but never come across one.
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DaveHolmes

Link Posted 11/02/2013 - 22:33
I keep drooling over the K2... Might have to get myself in trouble at home...
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Digital:
Pentax K5- Vivitar 19mm 3.8; FA35mm f2; D-Xenon 100mm macro f2.8; DA50-200mm WR...
Flash:
Yongnuo YN-560; Vivitar 285HV; Cactus V4 triggers...
Film:
Pentax-MX & M50mm f1.4; Spottie & 55mm f1.8; MG & M40mm 2.8...

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womble

Link Posted 12/02/2013 - 08:38
DaveHolmes wrote:
I keep drooling over the K2... Might have to get myself in trouble at home...

Me too, although I keep myself out of trouble by looking for a bargain K2DMD which are only marginally less rare than unicorn droppings.

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.

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DaveHolmes

Link Posted 12/02/2013 - 18:31
There's a 300 quid DMD on ebay at the minute...
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Digital:
Pentax K5- Vivitar 19mm 3.8; FA35mm f2; D-Xenon 100mm macro f2.8; DA50-200mm WR...
Flash:
Yongnuo YN-560; Vivitar 285HV; Cactus V4 triggers...
Film:
Pentax-MX & M50mm f1.4; Spottie & 55mm f1.8; MG & M40mm 2.8...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveholmesphotos/

womble

Link Posted 12/02/2013 - 23:02
DaveHolmes wrote:
There's a 300 quid DMD on ebay at the minute...

As I said, bargain K2DMDs are almost as rare...! The usual ebay BIN nonsense.

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.

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johnha

Link Posted 13/02/2013 - 00:29
This is a tough one to call, virtually all the MF bodies have their share of weaknesses (yep even the LX!). I would narrow it down to one of the following:

SP, SP1000, SPII, K1000, MX, ME-Super/MEF, Super-A, P30n/P30T, P50, LX, MZ-M

The MZ-M is included above because it has full finder info in all modes (the only MF Pentax to do so), but I would be mindful that the motorised film advance might be troublesome today.

There are a lot of other bodies that are missing features covered by the above (making them less interesting as shooters) including:

ME, MG, MV, P30, SP500, A3 & Program-A

I've not mentioned the other K's because I think they're rare and/or more likely to be troublesome.

Personally I'd go for a K1000 (or better still two K1000's) unless you'll will be using it a lot in low-light, really need a selftimer or Depth of field preview - if so then get an MX.

I have bought lots of the above (many cheap off ebay) and it's the electronic ones that fail the most. K1000s are built like tanks (even the plastic ones), are plentiful and low-risk cameras (my MX feels like exquisite precision machinery and far to delicate to carry around).
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