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    The Chinon CM 4 was my first camera, I inherited it from my mother who bought it when travelling around Asia. It's served me well for some time, it's obviously not pro-grade, but it has all the basics you need, and doesn't get in the way.
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    Yes, yes.. i like them also, namely CE-4 and CM-4s .. simple, cheap and reliable, but I admit, they don;t give me the same feeling like an M class pentax (MX or ME Super) while shooting :-)
    I can also recommend, as cheaper alternative to Pentax bodies, the Ricoh series, especially the older ones (with Copal square shutter - also found in Nikon FE and FM and Konica T4, TC, not Seiko ones). The XR-1 and XR-2. These I like better than Chinon and way better than the chepest k mount camera alternative offered by Cosina (found also under many names like Vivitar, Ricoh KR5II, Petri GX, Porst etc.).

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    I went through this list, and searched the ones with the specs I wanted:
    http://www.butkus.org/chinon/ultimate_k-mount.htm

    And yes, I checked the Ricoh bodies though I didn't find anyone with faster shutter than 1/1000, hence why I went for the 1/2000 shutter Chinon bodies... And for the XR models, it seems that only the XR-2 provide AE-lock.
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    yes, its true, XR-older series does not have AE-Lock. They are more or less in the same generation as the Pentax K bodies. But, it might worth a look the newer XR7. Is has good features (AE-Lock implemented much better than in the Chinon - you just press AE-L button and you can leave it there. The camera memorises the exposure value until the shot is taken or until you press it again ;-) , also it has manually sectable shutter times till 16 seconds, if interested needed, smaler body, like the Chinon/Pentax-M, dof preview). What i didn't like on the XR7 is the elecronic needle in the viewfinder (does not use leds like pentax /chinon uses :-( ).

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    Still only 1/1000 shutter (xr-7).
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    I had one for a while but gave it away. I currently have a Ricoh KR-10x which is also a good, budget model body which uses K mount lenses.

    Quote Originally Posted by montecarlo View Post
    but I admit, they don;t give me the same feeling like an M class pentax (MX or ME Super) while shooting
    That's true. I now have an MX as well - Guess which one gets used!!


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    After shooting both CE-5 and CE-4s, a cpl of rolls in each body, I gotta say it's hard to decide which one is the better..

    The AE-lock is better handled on the CE-5, but on the other hand the CE-4s is a tad lighter in weight, so I dunno, apart from those minor differences these bodies are completely identical!

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