Focusing Screen Query ( MX )


Link Posted 14/02/2013 - 20:57
Lost screw from Pentax MX that held the winder plastic on.
Bought 2nd hand broken MX from shop to replace screw.
Noticed when comparing 20mm Cosina & 20mm Pentax lenses that one viewfinder was brighter than the other. Swapped lenses over and the same camera was still darker so it wasn't the lenses but two identical ? MX cameras, puzzling.
Noted that the brighter one has an SC1 screen the darker one has an SC21 screen that was a replacement about 8 years ago.
Now according to the Dimitrov Pentax site the 21 should just be a later more up to date version of the 1 so it's darker ? The 21 is also I believe standard issue on the LX.
So the old screen is brighter than the new one ?
Comments please.


Link Posted 15/02/2013 - 13:43
The newer screens were supposed to be brighter and apprently affected metering ont he MX, so might be worth checking on your two bodies.


Link Posted 15/02/2013 - 13:46
The metering measures the brightness of the ground glass screen, so a brighter screen will affect things.

Pentaprisms can deteriorate with age, so maybe one viewfinder is brighter because it's in better condition?
Best regards, John


Link Posted 15/02/2013 - 19:33
or indeed the mirror could be losing its silvering?
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Link Posted 15/02/2013 - 20:43
Hi All, I swapped the screens over and it does seem to be that the SC1 is brigter in both bodies. I suspected the pentaprism initially as my old MX has seen a lot of use and the other one was a bit newer due to having a higher serial number.I'd forgotten about the mirror so that's possible I'll have a look.
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