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MX Vs. ME Super

Discussion in 'Pentax Chat' started by ste, Aug 28, 2001.

  1. ste

    ste Well-Known Member

    Hi there,

    Still hunting for that elusive bargin second hand manual camera that's small and light enough to take everywhere. Anyone got any suggestions on a Pentax MX versus an ME Super. Or should I save my pennies and go for a Nikon FM2n?

    ste
     
  2. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    I still hanker after an MX, a lovely camera and much more to my taste than the ME Super (well, it's got depth of field preview!). But how about an Olympus OM1(n)?

    Nick CRIPN
     
  3. ste

    ste Well-Known Member

    I've been told scary things about shutter squeak (think that's the right term) on the anons and the olympus's. Is the MX fully manual?
     
  4. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Re the MX - yes. The ME Super isn't, and uses horrid push buttons to change the shutter speed
    Re shutter squeak - I've only ever heard of it in connection with the Canon A series (caused by lubricant drying out), never in the Olympus range. The only common Olympus shutter problem I know of is dirty electromagnets on the OM10 shutter.

    Nick CRIPN
     
  5. ste

    ste Well-Known Member

    cheers mate, by the way - don't happen to now anyone who would want to give me a brand new F100 for free do you? I can't seem to find anyone. Ah crap, this is a Pentax chat area: I'm going to get lynched aren't i

    make a break for the border

    ste
     
  6. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Afraid not!
    Yes, it is pretty bad - it gave me quite a shock to see someone here!

    Nick CRIPN
     
  7. TimF

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

    At least theres life here /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif
    What about alleged Olympus battery drain, or did it only affect the OM2 (I think)

    Get out and get shooting!!
     
  8. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    It was the OM2SP and OM4 and only if you didn't set the shutter dial to the mechanical setting to disengage the meter. The OM1 had a purely mechanical shutter which did not require a battery. Only needed for the meter in the viewfinder.
    Big(Ex OM Owner)Will
     
  9. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    The OM2 and 2n were also affected, but to a much lesser degree. The Off The Film metering was always on, activated by the shutter release. The separate metering for the viewfinder readout was switched off by the main dial. So if the shutter button was partially depressed in the camera bag, for example, the battery would run down. As Will so rightly points out, the OM1 doesn't suffer from this at all. It's small, lightish and an all-round excellent camera (as are the MX and the FM).

    Nick CRIPN
     
  10. TimF

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

    That's what I thought<img src="/img/wwwthreads/smile.gif">

    Get out and get shooting!!
     
  11. Brian

    Brian Venerable Elder

    I really don't see the point of running around in circles on this one. The Nikon Fm2n is one of the two greatest, best built, most realiable reflex cameras of all times. So why the farting about?

    Slimey
     
  12. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Because the MX is much cheaper and just as nice.

    Nick CRIPN
     
  13. Canonball

    Canonball Well-Known Member

    You're not wrong there Nick, The MX is a cracker. The ME Super is a damned good camera but its not in the same league as the MX.

    Geoff
     
  14. Brian

    Brian Venerable Elder

    True Nick, the Pentax is a lovely camera but I didn't realise the price difference. So I would say that you buy the one that suits your pocket. I am sure anyone looking for a manual reflex camera would not be disappointed with either. But if you feel like spending a little more I for one would recommend the Nikon.

    Brian.
     
  15. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    I don't disagree, Brian. Or even an older FM, which is closer to an MX price.

    Nick CRIPN
     
  16. Brian

    Brian Venerable Elder

    I just happened to say the FM2n in my original posting, because I have enjoyed owning two of them for some 8/9 years, now my son has them. But I really think that the FM range, even the old Nikkormat have a lot going for 'em.

    Brian.
     
  17. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Agreed again!

    Nick CRIPN
     
  18. openkast

    openkast Active Member

    > The ME Super isn't, and uses horrid push buttons to change the shutter speed

    Ah well. I must be mad. I thought the buttons were one of
    the best features (dead easy to bump the shutter speed while
    in manual and looking through the VF).

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    Andrew.
     
  19. openkast

    openkast Active Member

    MX and ME Supers can be pretty pricey second hand.

    An MZ-M comes with a motor and slightly more sophisticated
    meterig system and a year's warranty for not a huge amount
    more (and I suspect MZ-M's may be as cheap if not cheaper
    S/H if you can find one).

    Downside is that the MZ-M is cheap and plasticky. Upside is
    it's light and 'understands' the KA/KAF lenses and gives
    aperture reading in the VF.

    ------------
    Andrew.
     
  20. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Much prefer a wheel of some sort, or the Olympus lens throat selector. The ME Super introduced the revolting push buttons that, along with sliding switches, were all the rage until Canon reintroduced dials and wheels.
    The ME Super took longer than any camera I've ever used to get from one end of the shutter speed range to the other. Nasty, nasty, nasty!!!!

    Nick CRIPN
     

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