MV Pentax. A present!


trixie

Link Posted 30/10/2011 - 15:46
A present from a friend, he gave me his old Pentax MV, its in good nick, just needs a strap and lens cover, and a manual, I have seen a manual to buy, also one to download but the print is very small for old eyes. If anyone has a spare strap or can let me know where to get one from also lens cap, I'm willing to pay for one, if you could let me know. I'm happy with the other pentax film camera that I got from Ebay also my lovely K-x DSLR, can't have enough cameras. Thanks in anticipation Trixie
[[quote]Trixie xx If at first you don't succeed, try, try again,then quit. No use being a damn fool about it. W. C Fields.

Dangermouse

Link Posted 30/10/2011 - 17:05
My advice for a lens cap and strap would be ebay, assuming you want genuine ones. You can also buy a kit to replace the light seals for about £7 or so, if it hasn't already been done they will have turned gooey with age. You should also be able to get a genuine paper manual from there, although the MV isn't complicated. The manuals I have found online were PDFs so you can easily enlarge them to a readable size - the originals were in pretty small print!

Assuming it still has the standard Pentax-M 50mm lens you will want a 49mm clip-on lens cap with the "Asahi Pentax" lettering on a smooth background.

The original strap was thin webbing with a rubber shoulder pad, the buckles are the type where you push a lever down to lock them in place. Buckles and the little plastic lug protector bands should have "Asahi Pentax" stamped/moulded on.

You can of course fit any 49mm lens cap and any strap you fancy, but these would have been the original parts.

The AF160 or AF200S flashguns will both work with this camera, when fully charged the camera will illuminate an icon in the viewfinder and automatically select the sync speed.
Matt

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

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greynolds999

Link Posted 30/10/2011 - 18:19
You can buy a manual from the site: link.
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mdc

Link Posted 30/10/2011 - 21:48
Don't BUY a manual, that's insane...

http://www.butkus.org/chinon/pentax/pentax_mv-1/pentax_mv-1.htm

Pretty nice little camera, like a fully auto ME Super

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Hardgravity

Link Posted 30/10/2011 - 22:04
I've a couple of M@Vs and find them a pleasure to use. if you need some batteries for the meter try Boyes.

A card of ten only cost a couple of pounds.
Cheers, HG

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Dangermouse

Link Posted 30/10/2011 - 22:08
As said above you don't really need a manual, although I can understand wanting one for the sake of completeness.

Assuming that the loading/winding/rewinding and ASA setting are obvious then just set the camera to Auto, pick an aperture, and look through the viewfinder while half pressing the shutter. A green light means a shutter speed of 1/60 or higher (fine for hand-held shooting with the kit 50mm, in other words), a yellow light means 1/30 or slower (tripod needed). This is the main weakness of the MV/MV-1 - you have no idea whether it has picked a high enough speed for a longer lens. I generally use the Sunny 16 rule to get an idea of whether it will have done so and stick to wider apertures on longer lenses to make sure it keeps the speed up.

There is a red light to indicate that the camera can't handle the lighting, try adjusting the aperture if this comes on.

I'm not sure about the MV, but the MV-1 (which I'd guess uses the same shutter and electronics) can produce exposures much longer than you'd expect. I had a roughly 30 second exposure from mine last winter when I wanted a shot of the local supermarket. Just balanced the camera on the car bonnet using a mini tripod, set the lens to f22, then used the self timer to trigger the shutter.

The 100 setting is for use with non-dedicated flashguns, the camera will also default to this if the batteries die. B is self-explanatory.

The MV lacks a self timer, but a standard cable or air release will fit instead and is probably necessary for long exposures as there's no other way to trigger the shutter hands-off.
Matt

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

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womble

Link Posted 31/10/2011 - 08:37
Nice to get a present like that! Having just run a roll of film through my A3 I should try to give the MV or MV1 a run.

K.
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trixie

Link Posted 31/10/2011 - 19:41
Thanks to everyone for taking the time to help, I will click on the links that you have sent to me and hopefully I will be able to find a strap at some point. The manual I'm not to bothered about as I have a pentax SLR that takes film but that is auto and the MV is fully manual. Thanks again everyone for tips and help. Cheers Trixie

trixie

Link Posted 31/10/2011 - 19:53
Dangermouse wrote:
As said above you don't really need a manual, although I can understand wanting one for the sake of completeness.

Assuming that the loading/winding/rewinding and ASA setting are obvious then just set the camera to Auto, pick an aperture, and look through the viewfinder while half pressing the shutter. A green light means a shutter speed of 1/60 or higher (fine for hand-held shooting with the kit 50mm, in other words), a yellow light means 1/30 or slower (tripod needed). This is the main weakness of the MV/MV-1 - you have no idea whether it has picked a high enough speed for a longer lens. I generally use the Sunny 16 rule to get an idea of whether it will have done so and stick to wider apertures on longer lenses to make sure it keeps the speed up.

There is a red light to indicate that the camera can't handle the lighting, try adjusting the aperture if this comes on.

I'm not sure about the MV, but the MV-1 (which I'd guess uses the same shutter and electronics) can produce exposures much longer than you'd expect. I had a roughly 30 second exposure from mine last winter when I wanted a shot of the local supermarket. Just balanced the camera on the car bonnet using a mini tripod, set the lens to f22, then used the self timer to trigger the shutter.

The 100 setting is for use with non-dedicated flashguns, the camera will also default to this if the batteries die. B is self-explanatory.

The MV lacks a self timer, but a standard cable or air release will fit instead and is probably necessary for long exposures as there's no other way to trigger the shutter hands-off.

Thanks Matt for all the valuable info, I appreciate the time that you have taken to tell me especially the settings that you have used. Its a nice camera and in good condition, I love all film cameras and the guy who gave it too me says it works perfectly, I'm sure i will have fun with it. Thanks again Trixie
[[quote]Trixie xx If at first you don't succeed, try, try again,then quit. No use being a damn fool about it. W. C Fields.

Mannesty

Link Posted 31/10/2011 - 20:21
A high quality .PDF manual can be downloaded from here. Password is "Pentax", no quotes, case sensitive.
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greynolds999

Link Posted 31/10/2011 - 21:57
mdc wrote:
Don't BUY a manual, that's insane...

http://www.butkus.org/chinon/pentax/pentax_mv-1/pentax_mv-1.htm

Pretty nice little camera, like a fully auto ME Super

Just trying to support the site.
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trixie

Link Posted 01/11/2011 - 14:24
Mannesty wrote:
A high quality .PDF manual can be downloaded from here. Password is "Pentax", no quotes, case sensitive.

Thanks a lot to everyone for your time, I will download a manual now, I like to have one to check things out. Cheers Trixie
[[quote]Trixie xx If at first you don't succeed, try, try again,then quit. No use being a damn fool about it. W. C Fields.

trixie

Link Posted 01/11/2011 - 14:29
Mannesty wrote:
A high quality .PDF manual can be downloaded from here. Password is "Pentax", no quotes, case sensitive.

Just downloaded it, thanks its just what I needed. cheers Trixie

Cuchulainn

Link Posted 02/11/2011 - 15:45
I've an official pentax strap if you are still looking - from an old Programme A, so similar vintage to your MV! PM me with an offer and we can see if we can do a deal

James Brooks

Link Posted 01/12/2011 - 17:16
Don't know if you're interested but I am advertising a very good original Pentax case that is a perfect fit for the MV.

Advert here: https://www.pentaxuser.com/forum/topic/fs--ever-ready-case-for-pentax-me-series-...

Offers invited.
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