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    Anyone else using Chinon K-Mount bodies?

    Just got my hands on a CE-5 and a CE-4s, these are SWEET 35mm K-Mount shooters with loads of features, and a price tag way below anything else that even come near them in terms of features.

    Anyone else who has experience with this range of Chinon cameras?
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    I had a CE-4 and CE-4s that I bought new around the time they were released, I was switching from screw thread Pentax cameras and needed quicker bayonet mount cameras for shooting rock concerts. At the time the Pentax K mount range were much larger and the ME was too limiting in it's features. Another photographer I worked alongside had a CE-4 and suggested I try it.

    So yes I agree they are great cameras, the Chinon f1.4 50mm standard lens is superb, a friend borrowed mine with some lenses to shoot the Le Man 24hr race for Lucas (in preferance to his Nikon) and they caused a stir in the press room (which had E6 processing). Unfortunately they were tolen a few years later and replcaed by an ME Super and MX.

    I have another pair of Chinons now but I rarely use 35mm these days.

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    Yeah, the only manual Pentax body that is even close is the k2 dmd, but they are pretty rare and quite expensive, AND only has 1/1000 as max shutter speed!

    So the K-mount Chinons are well worth looking into, pentaprism, split-screen focusing screen, ae-lock, 1/2000 shutter etc. all the goodies, for tens of dollars...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Felinik View Post
    Yeah, the only manual Pentax body that is even close is the k2 dmd, but they are pretty rare and quite expensive, AND only has 1/1000 as max shutter speed!

    So the K-mount Chinons are well worth looking into, pentaprism, split-screen focusing screen, ae-lock, 1/2000 shutter etc. all the goodies, for tens of dollars...

    Chinons and Riochs are very good buys. I have both M and K mounts Chinons the only weakness is the winder, sounds like a sewing machine. I tend to shoot with the CM CE 3s more than the CM4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDH View Post
    Chinons and Riochs are very good buys. I have both M and K mounts Chinons the only weakness is the winder, sounds like a sewing machine. I tend to shoot with the CM CE 3s more than the CM4.
    Definitely seems to be very competent M-42 bodies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PDH View Post
    Chinons and Riochs are very good buys. I have both M and K mounts Chinons the only weakness is the winder, sounds like a sewing machine. I tend to shoot with the CM CE 3s more than the CM4.
    Pentax M cameras & lenses and K use the same K mount, needs clarifying. M42 was someing else because of the screw mount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    Pentax M cameras & lenses and K use the same K mount, needs clarifying. M42 was someing else because of the screw mount.

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    I assume M means M42 here, as the bodies mentioned by PDH are M42 bodies. You probably refer to the Pentax-M series lenses, that indeed are K-mount lenses.
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    The CE, and CM 3s are M 42 the CE and CM 4s are K mount, for the most part the same camera with differnt mounts. I use my CE and CM 3 more often than the
    4s as I have wider range of M 42 lens. I also have a CP7 which is much differnt from the CE 4, built in motor wider, LED controls, needs the K mount lens with A mode for all functions. I would also take a look at the Ricoh K mounts if you want a better winder.

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    Just received the CE-4s here today, seems to be exactly the same body as the CE-5, with the only difference that the CE-5 has the autofocus contacts, and the CE-4s seems a tad lighter. Anyway, I love these machines, excellent gear!

    Does any of the mentioned m42 bodies have AE-Lock and 1/2000 shutter as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Felinik View Post
    Just received the CE-4s here today, seems to be exactly the same body as the CE-5, with the only difference that the CE-5 has the autofocus contacts, and the CE-4s seems a tad lighter. Anyway, I love these machines, excellent gear!

    Does any of the mentioned m42 bodies have AE-Lock and 1/2000 shutter as well?
    The CE 3 has the AE lock but not the 1/2000, the CM 3 of course is manual. Some folks feel the draw back of the CE 3 is the long shutter plung need to capture the shutter speed in AE mode. I have not found this to be an issue but can the reason for concern.

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