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    I am still a fan of the classic screwmount Pentax gear. Other
    than a homely Kodak Signet 35 and a tidy little Petri rangefinder in the
    50s, my first good camera was a Pentax H3v. I lost that in a fire about 30
    years ago and, after a lengthy search (pre-eBay), found another in mint
    shape. I have added a couple Spotmatics and a mint H1a. I have numerous,
    new, modern autofocus whizbangs that I use for some paying jobs, but when I
    want to really feel the joy of making pictures, I carry the Pentax stuff.
    There is nothing quite like the sensory joy of using a well-made camera with
    a lens that focuses like butter. The optical results equal anything else,
    too, with those splendid Takumars.

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    Your on the right track! the point is to have fun and experementing with (new) old cameras are a great way to go.
    One request is that you post your pics at the end of this thread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by geauxpez View Post
    Ah -- pre-Spotmatic then with no meter. Nice. In case you are not that familiar with that model, on the rewind knob the color of the "R" will indicate whether it is the earlier (green R) or later (orange R) version. This only makes a difference in collector status (somewhat) and the ability to mount some lenses (probably more important). This chart lays it all out for you.
    Most Spotmatics no longer have a meter either, nowadays. At least not a working one.

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    The S1a is essentially the little brother to the SV (aka H3v). It has a different focusing screen. However, there is a detent beyond 1/500 shutter speed that is actually the same as the 1/1000 shutter speed on the SV. If set there, your body will work at 1/1000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougjgreen View Post
    Most Spotmatics no longer have a meter either, nowadays. At least not a working one.
    There are a lot that work as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PentaxBlue View Post
    There are a lot that work as well.
    I'm 0 for 6 personally - and 4 of those looked pretty clean and worked otherwise.

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    I am having as much fun (out of necessity since my other camera has been packed away for our move next week) with an old Minolta SRT 101.

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    My Pentax died that afternoon that I was doing street photography in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. Shutter got stuck, and I'm not going to pay to have it repaired...

    With best regards to all.

    Stephen S. Mack

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