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Old 02-27-2019   #1
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The Pentax MX

Just picked this thing up. Is this the smallest 35mm SLR ever?
What a gorgeous machine. Film already in it, ready to go.



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Old 02-27-2019   #2
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The MX is one of my favourites. Had a dent on the pentaprism, sticky mirror, and the common meter problems but still delivered. Loved it! One of the first to come and the last to go.
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Don't make me regret selling it!!!!

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Old 02-27-2019   #4
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I had a Super ME and thought that was pretty small as SLR go. How does the Olympus OM 1/2/... compare to the MX sizewise?
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Old 02-27-2019   #5
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Nice black MX Huss. They are great cameras.
When I was first getting into photography, I inherited my grandfather's black MX. I still have it and use it every now and then.

Here it is next to my 67


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I wish mine was black. Small as they are the satin chrome ones still stand out on in the crowds.

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Old 02-27-2019   #7
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The chrome version looks good too


Pentax MX with SMC Pentax-FA 43/1.9 Ltd. by Colton Allen, on Flickr
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Old 02-27-2019   #8
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Nice cameras ….. I`ve had a sold a couple of black MX .
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Old 02-28-2019   #9
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Man, that's a thing of beauty. Dad gave me the Pentax ME he bought in the late 70s, and it was the camera with which I learned the very basics of photography as a kid. How to hold a camera, how to frame, focus and shoot. How to wind on and set aperture. It's sitting beside my bed and wants me to go out and shoot with it. If I wasn't so obsessed with gear in general, rangefinders and quieter cameras in particular, the ME would be the only camera I'd need for most film shooting. I always get a thrill when I pick it up.
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The MX is one of my all time favourites. This one has had a complete overhaul by Eric and is on my ‘never to be sold’ list.



And the above kit on Tmax100

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The MX is one of my all time favourites. This one has had a complete overhaul by Eric and is on my Ďnever to be soldí list.



And the above kit on Tmax100

Beautiful camera and photograph, Nick! I used an MX once with the 50 1.4. Handy little street camera. The shutter on the one I used was quite loud, though.
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The chrome version looks good too


Pentax MX with SMC Pentax-FA 43/1.9 Ltd. by Colton Allen, on Flickr
Wow... sexy...
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Old 02-28-2019   #13
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I started with Pentax many years ago and still have a soft spot for them.I still own a pristine Mx, sadly the Lx is long gone. Incidentally kept my m series glass, smc m 28, 40, 50 , 135, 75-150 and my 80-200, great glass. I otice you have the 40/2.8, l always got great reults from mine shot at 5.6, enjoy your Mx, its a gem
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^^ very beautiful cameras!

mine is in not all that good condition...


Garret Culhane's Pentax MX ;-) by andreas, on Flickr

but it comes with a story, a bit of history:
I had bought it together with a bunch of lenses in central Vietnam 2011. On it's scratched bottom plate there seemed to be an engraved name. I took it's photo and viewing it large I was able to make it out: Mr. Garret Culhane from Acampo, Carlifornia
I googled him, had found two photo sites of someone of the same name, contacted that person and really, this was him! He answered and confirmed that it had been his camera! ( Unfortunately, by now, 8 years later, these 2 photosites are gone. )
He had told me that he used to publish photos taken with it in travel magazines and that the photos seen on his site that had been taken in Africa and Nicarague had been taken with this very Pentax MX. He had received it for a Christmas present from his parents 1979. Surprising was, though on his sites there had been photos taken in Vietnam he told me that he had never taken his MX there. Some 10 years earlier he had given it to charity in the US!
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Great story Kuuan! Wonder how it got there..
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Ok peeps. I have no idea... what is an excellent small 24 or 28mm lens for the MX?
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Ok peeps. I have no idea... what is an excellent small 24 or 28mm lens for the MX?
The SMC Pentax-M 28/2.8 is small and is a decent lens.
The SMC Pentax 28/3.5 is larger and slower, but is maybe a bit better optically.
The SMC Pentax 24/2.8 is a very good 24mm
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It's certainly a pretty camera, nicely made, and I cannot fault Pentax K mount lenses. I have found the LED meter on the MX to be hard to use, and in fact the finder is not particularly friendly to the eye IMO.

With Pentax lenses, I prefer the K1000. It is bulkier, but fairly light, and its meter is simple, reliable, and accurate. For a small SLR body, I prefer the OM-1 (and its mechanically shuttered variants). The OM-1 finder is notably brighter and the eye relief is superior. Olympus lenses do not stand the test of time however compared to anything made by Asahi Optical in my experience. The OM lens auto iris mechanisms tend to fail and they are prone to fungus. Of course most OM lenses can be repaired. The MX is a relative bargain however - at least for now!
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Thanks Colton, I’ll check those out.
I agree this is not a perfect camera, the eye relief is so shallow that I would not be able
to see the sides of the vf if I was wearing glasses.
But it is a very nice camera...
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I think its younger sibling - the ME is smaller.





Between the OM-1 and the MX, the MX is smaller





Having had both, they both are amazing cameras but i kept the Olympus.
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Thanks Colton, Iíll check those out.
I agree this is not a perfect camera, the eye relief is so shallow that I would not be able
to see the sides of the vf if I was wearing glasses.
But it is a very nice camera...
This was shot with my black MX and a SMC Pentax-M 28/2.8, on Arista EDU 100

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Ok peeps. I have no idea... what is an excellent small 24 or 28mm lens for the MX?

I use the Sigma Super-wide 24 f/2.8 with the ME and like it. Small combo and i use it as a point and shoot.



Here are some pictures taken with it.











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What I like about the MX is the built-in TRI-X grain preview screen
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I always found the MX screen to have more snap than say the OM screens, and therefore easier to focus. It’s basically a 1:1 screen with a 50mm lens so great for street photography.
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Even though the MX is pretty small, the smallest SLR is the Fujica ST605 and ST605n.
And also a Petri model that I forgot the model number of, that's equally small.
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I have small hands and yet, the Pentax MX was too small to hold easily!
I added the power wind that made it easy to hold, without cramp.
One fault is the shutter dial, very hard to move..
Loved the meter, so superior to my Nikon F3..
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No, actually the Fujica st605n is quite larger than the MX.
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What I like about the MX is the built-in TRI-X grain preview screen


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I always found the MX screen to have more snap than say the OM screens, and therefore easier to focus. Itís basically a 1:1 screen with a 50mm lens so great for street photography.

Given that the MX has interchangeable screens, you're going to need to be more specific
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Ok peeps. I have no idea... what is an excellent small 24 or 28mm lens for the MX?
I second Colton's suggestions. If you want small and affordable, the M28/f2.8 is hard to go pass. It's a bit of a lost child amongst Pentaxians, which means excellent examples can be found for ~$50...





Here is it on Tmax400







The SMC-K 28/f3.5 has excellent image quality but it's slow (which also means dim VF) and it's reputation is pushing prices up.

The SMC-K 24/f2.8 is great, but more expensive that I think it deserves.

If money isn't an issue and you have the time to search, the SMC-M 28/f2 is one of the best wides I've used.
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The SMC Pentax-M 28/2.8 is small and is a decent lens.
The SMC Pentax 28/3.5 is larger and slower, but is maybe a bit better optically.
The SMC Pentax 24/2.8 is a very good 24mm
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I second Colton's suggestions. If you want small and affordable, the M28/f2.8 is hard to go pass
The SMC-K 28/f3.5 has excellent image quality but it's slow (which also means dim VF) and it's reputation is pushing prices up.

The SMC-K 24/f2.8 is great, but more expensive that I think it deserves.

If money isn't an issue and you have the time to search, the SMC-M 28/f2 is one of the best wides I've used.
All mentioned lenses above I own and have used (however on digital ) but the M 2.8/28mm and agree with all assessments ( though my Pentax K f2.8/24mm did not cost me much. )
I do have the Pentax-A f2.8/28mm which some say is equal to the M lens, other say it's not ( see more below ) and I find it to be excellent! ( Aperture ring on my A lens is much less smooth than those of any other, earlier made lens by Pentax. It's the only Pentax A lens I own, therefore I can't be certain but that made me believe that, because on an A lens aperture can be set on the camera, Pentax saved on the making of the manual aperture ring )

Extensive lens reviews at Pentaxforums,
of the Pentax M 2.8/28: https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensrev...F2.8-Lens.html
of the Pentax-A 2.8/28: https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensrev...F2.8-Lens.html
Some say they are optically identical, others say the A is quite superior, here quite some disagreement on how they compare https://www.flickr.com/groups/409393...7624640805669/


The f2/28mm Pentax lenses are said to be fantastic, of the highest rated lenses they are pricey
https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensrev...m-F2-Lens.html
even higher rated, most likely also even rarer and more expensive again, also bigger and heavier is the Pentax K f2/28mm. There are a number of articles on the net that the say that it is a Zeiss Distagon clone.


For a cheaper alternative recommendable Vivitar f2/28mm. Mine is the one made by Kiron and on this infinity test of mine on Sony A7 it fares very well, both center and outer corner:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kuuanslenstests/collections/72157670043721223/

though not tested, at least by me, same line Vivitar f2/24mm made by Kiron is said to be very good too
( there are also Vivitar f2/24mm and f2/28mm made by Komine. Komine is said to have made the Series 1 lenses for Vivitar and said to be superior, also smaller. The Kiron made have a floating element and are difficult to service. I do not have experience with the ones made by Komine. Serial numbers of those made by Komine will start with 28, those made by Kiron with 22 )
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The SMC Pentax-M 28/3.5 lens is the true sleeper.

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now this is not fair Chris! with one short sentence you outdid my litany of an attempt of elucidation
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The chrome version looks good too
I havenít seen a camera that spiffy except when it came new outta the box! Is that a NOS MX you found in a storeroom somewhere?

Youíre right, the chrome one is a jewel!

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I am testing out an ME Super with f1.7 50mm right now. Seems sturdy, it's tiny but it sure is clackety loud!
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even higher rated, most likely also even rarer and more expensive again, also bigger and heavier is the Pentax K f2/28mm. There are a number of articles on the net that the say that it is a Zeiss Distagon clone.
Thereís actually a K28/f2 for sale on Pentax forums at the moment. Only ~700euro...
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There’s actually a K28/f2 for sale on Pentax forums at the moment. Only ~700euro...
which, if I remember right, is not much more expensive than it was selling some 5 to 10 years ago
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Fell in love with these rigs 2 different times ( I wanted to love them) but the quality control just wasn't up to Nikon FE/FM level, which I consider the standard bearer of that era (late seventies and eighties). That being said if you find one in very good condition, you will have a ball.
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This Kiron 28mm f2 (made by Kino optics, which produced some of the original Vivitar Series 1 optics), should be one heck of a 28mm f2 lens for any Pentax SLR..

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