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Hello are all you Pentax users dead???

Discussion in 'Pentax Chat' started by TimF, Aug 17, 2001.

  1. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Pentax and Olympus lenses are incredibly cheap, and excellent quality. I still want an MX some day.....

    Nick NRIPN
    Blessing of your heart, you brew good beer.

    (William Shakespeare)
     
  2. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    ...is the MX the manual only or the aperture priority only one!
    BigWill
     
  3. openkast

    openkast Active Member

    MX -- manual with DOF preview and interchangeable VF screens

    ME -- aperture priority

    ME Super -- aperture priority manual 1/2000 shutter speed

    MG -- aperture only 1/1000 shutter speed

    Out of this selection the ME Super and MX are both quite
    excellent little cameras. The ME and the MG merely so-so.

    ---------------
    Andrew.
     
  4. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    Thanks Andrew. Does the MX have a mechanical shutter or is it battery dependant?

    BigWill
     
  5. openkast

    openkast Active Member

    The MX was mechanical.

    The ME, MG, and ME Super were electromechanical
    with a fallback mechanical speed of 1/100 (1/125
    in the case of the Super).

    I also seem to recollect the MV which was even
    lower down the foodchain than the MG.

    ------------
    Andrew.
     
  6. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    Interesting stuff there Andrew. How come the MX was never as popular as the Olympus OM1 I wonder? Secondhand examples of the MX seem to be as rare as hen's teeth!
    BigWill
     
  7. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Partly because people hold on to them. A truly superb camera. Bear in mind that Pentax had the K1000 out as an all-manual, all-mechanical camera, and so they split their own market. The MX was far superior, and indeed was the best camera in the M series.

    Nick NRIPN
    Blessing of your heart, you brew good beer.

    (William Shakespeare)
     
  8. Pen-Man

    Pen-Man Well-Known Member

    I managed to pick up a really nice black MX some time ago for £100 complete with standard lens. My only gripe is that it has its own winder/motordrive and my ME11 winder can't be used. The winder for the MX also costs about twice as much. On a different note, why did black models (not only Pentax) cost that bit more?

    Roy MRIPN

    Happiness is pint shaped.

    Keep rocking
     
  9. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    That's about the target price, I would say.
    Black cameras cost more because they were associated with professionals, so the average amateur thought they looked that much more "professional" with one.
    As regards the winder, I believe the MX winder was faster (2.5 fps)than the ME (2fps), and the MX could take a real motordrive.

    Nick NRIPN
    If at first you don't succeed, go for a pint.

    (Nick Roberts)
     
  10. Pen-Man

    Pen-Man Well-Known Member

    Spot on there Nick! The MX takes a real 5fps drive (if you can find one!) and a 260 bulk back, making it a pro. spec. camera. The black finish isn't so clever. All these black bodied jobs can start to look 'brassy' much before chrome ones.

    Roy MRINP

    Twenty minutes to pint-down!

    Keep rocking
     
  11. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    True enough. But it doesn't affect the way it works.

    Nick NRIPN
    If at first you don't succeed, go for a pint.

    (Nick Roberts)
     
  12. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    ……and some think it adds to the attraction!

    "Art is a lie which makes you realise the truth"
     
  13. Pen-Man

    Pen-Man Well-Known Member

    I don't, if I wanted a brass camera then I'd buy one. It would knock spots off my wooden Pen-Man Autoflex!

    Roy MRIPN Did Goldilocks really do it?

    Keep rocking
     
  14. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Goldilocks? Guilty as hell!
    I've still got a camera I made out of cardboard.

    Nick NRIPN
    If at first you don't succeed, go for a pint.

    (Nick Roberts)
     
  15. openkast

    openkast Active Member

    The OM1 got to market first and was well established
    by the time the Pentax M family appeared. It was very
    very heavily promoted along with the OM2 and had a great
    range of lenses.

    While others prefer the MX I reckon the ME Super was the
    best overall package in the bunch. If it had DOF preview
    it would have been just about perfect.

    You'll probably find that a 20 year old MX has a higher
    value than a 1 year old MZ-M. Any time I see one in a
    shop window it's gone within a few days. I don't think
    many owners give them up and the few that do appear are
    being purchased as second units by existing owners worried
    about their existing unit or looking to replace a lost
    or broken unit.

    I've got a ME Super and MG and don't expect to ever get
    rid of them.

    -----------------
    Andrew.
     
  16. Pen-Man

    Pen-Man Well-Known Member

    Andrew, ever considered the Super A? Just like a ME Super but with DOF preview and TTL flash metering. A lovely little multi-mode if ever there was. I much prefer mine to the plastick MZ-M which I also own.

    Roy MRIPN

    Keep rocking
     
  17. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Never liked the ME Super - lack of DOF preview and other functions that both the MX and OM2 had.

    Nick NRIPN
    If at first you don't succeed, go for a pint.

    (Nick Roberts)
     
  18. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    I also thought the up-down shutter buttons were a "triumph of technology over common sense". I mean, what the heck was wrong with a traditional shutter speed dial?
    BigWill
     
  19. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    Hmmm! Another brilliant idea which bit the dust. /img/wwwthreads/wink.gif


    "Art is a lie which makes you realise the truth"
     
  20. openkast

    openkast Active Member

    I liked them. In manual mode you could bump the
    shutter speed up and down with the camera at your
    eye and using your right index finger. The position
    could have improved.

    Addition of DOF preview would have made the ME Super
    perfect. (For me at least).

    ---------------
    Andrew.
     

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