which pentax film body to get?


Lancer3397

Link Posted 26/01/2014 - 19:16
My other half is hankering to take photos the old fashioned way. with film.

now while she's looking at really old fashioned fixed lens camera bodies, the old style vertical with two lens built in stuff, I'm trying to persuade her to go for pentax,

for a start we can share old lenses and I've got a 50mm M 1.4 she can use for starters.

but I know nothig about pentax film bodies. what's a good one to get?

there happens to be a camera shop in leeds that is selling a number of different pentax camera bodies for 60 down plus has a nice selection of lenses. but I don't know anything about the bodies.
Pentax K3, DA 18-55 WR, Sigma 50-500 EX DG HSM, Pentax M-50, a bucket load of SD cards, some lights and a lightbox

Sdeve

Link Posted 26/01/2014 - 20:07
K1000 is, IMO, the best option for such a venture.

ChrisA

Link Posted 26/01/2014 - 20:29
I'd recommend Super A or ME Super (I used to have both).

Not knocking the legend that is the K1000, but metering is a lot more convenient with the later bodies. The ME Super in particular is a very good compromise between very basic, and convenient metering.

Make sure the seals aren't perished.
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Pentax K-3, DA18-135, DA35 F2.4, DA17-70, DA55-300, FA28-200, A50 F1.7, A100 F4 Macro, A400 F5.6, Sigma 10-20 EXDC, 50-500 F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS Samsung flash SEF-54PZF(x2)
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Cuchulainn

Link Posted 26/01/2014 - 20:37
The mx is lovely - it is small, has good metering in the viewfinder but keeps the feel of an old slr - I like the me super and super a, but if she's really into old style form, then the mx is well worth a try.

ChrisA

Link Posted 26/01/2014 - 20:39
Or the LX, of course.

My brother used to have one, and he still tells the story of when he dropped it on a rock, and it was the rock that broke.
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Pentax K-3, DA18-135, DA35 F2.4, DA17-70, DA55-300, FA28-200, A50 F1.7, A100 F4 Macro, A400 F5.6, Sigma 10-20 EXDC, 50-500 F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS Samsung flash SEF-54PZF(x2)
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Blythman

Link Posted 26/01/2014 - 20:44
If you just want here to get on with it, then I'd suggest a P30 or P50. If you want a classic and are prepared to perhaps have light seals replaced, then go for the MX
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giofi

Link Posted 26/01/2014 - 21:04
+1 for the mx. If she is looking for something classic, and fully manual, that would be my choice.
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spinno

Link Posted 26/01/2014 - 22:32
P30 gets my vote....well it would because I've got the P30n. Can be fully auto or fully manual, whatever floats your boat.
David

johnha

Link Posted 26/01/2014 - 22:51
spinno wrote:
P30 gets my vote....well it would because I've got the P30n. Can be fully auto or fully manual, whatever floats your boat.

The P30n or P30T are preferable to the earlier P30 (P3 in the US) because they also offer aperture priority (they all have manual and program), they're later cameras too.

There are a lot to choose from, the most obvious/available options are (with available exposure modes) K1000 (M), MX (M), ME-Super (M,Av), Super-A (M,Av,Tv,P), P30n/T (M,Av,P) LX (M,Av) - all manual focus bodies. There are autofocus options too.

It depends on what you're after (Super-A & ME-Super have buttons rather than dials which some people don't like).

John.
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Blythman

Link Posted 26/01/2014 - 23:16
Blythman wrote:
If you just want here to get on with it, then I'd suggest a P30 or P50. If you want a classic and are prepared to perhaps have light seals replaced, then go for the MX

Although not Pentax I'll add Ricoh XR-X to that list too
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kh1234567890

Link Posted 26/01/2014 - 23:18
I've got a MG, A3 and P30T bodies sitting here unloved, which you can have for the price of the postage. Can't guarantee what the light seals are like but the mirrors seem to flip up and down and the shutter moves Take your pick.
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Roscoe

Link Posted 27/01/2014 - 16:58
Pentax Program A, or the much better Super A(aperture and Shutter priority)

davem

Link Posted 27/01/2014 - 19:46
I have a good quality programme A surplus to my requirements. PM me if you are interested.

Dave

Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 27/01/2014 - 19:46
I think we need to know the level of automation she wants, and if size and weight are important.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses

laurencea

Link Posted 30/01/2014 - 23:22
i've just got back into film and haven't a clue about Pentax film cameras and any tips of what would be a good, simple camera would be greatly appreciated.
Pentax k100d, k30d 18-55, Tamron 70-300, Tamron 500 mirror, pentax 10-17, 50 1:4, a manual 28, some extension tubes and a bagful of memory cards. That's all i need... and a load of film cameras too... that's it, honest.
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