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    Pentax ME and Pentax MX

    Does anyone know why for every 12 ME models on the market one finds only one MX?

    Was there that much disparity in sales when they were introduced? The ME is the only Pentax that I have found so prone to breaking (circuitry failure) and I would much rather have the more reliable. mechanical MX. I think that the initial prices were the same. Comments? - David Lyga

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    According to a Pentax book I have, the ME of course catered to people who preferred/required aperture priority auto exposure mode and that auto exposure made it easier for folks to use an SLR. The listed price in old catalogs I have show them similar in price with the MX even being slightly cheaper. Electronics were beginning to prove themselves reliable about this time too.

    But of course in the used market there is no accounting for previous owner!

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    Auto-exposure was a pretty big deal in the marketplace back then; a major convenience. It put a camera into a completely different category. Looking back after 30 years, you would rather have the reliability, but you know how to do an exposure.

    I love my ME Super, it was the first "real" camera I ever owned, but alas, it has succumbed to circuitry failure and lost its ability to meter. So now it is essentially an MX but still dependent on a battery. I am tempted to put a battery in it and do some sunny 16 shooting. In fact, in recent weeks, whenever I walk past the display shelf, it calls out to me to be fondled, cocked and dry fired. It is getting impatient on the shelf and wants to go out and take pictures.

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    MX is one of my favorites, I think it is the smallest slr that I have. It is hard to find parts cameras for repair though, so treat it well

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    MX is a fine camera as is the ME super,I really don't like the lack of manual controls on the plain old ME.As the other posters point out though the ME is from a time when most people wanted auto exposure making it a high quality point and shoot for the time.

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    I suspect - on the basis of no data whatsoever - that current MX owners are more likely to use and keep them.

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    The MX was touted as Pentax's "professional" model, so possibly they've had a harder life than the ME models and simply haven't survived in the same numbers. Having recently bought one I can see why they were so highly thought of. I won't be parting with mine!

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    I had no idea these were desirable now. Somebody offered me an MX body in nice condition for $100. Is that a decent price?

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    Depending on condition and color - black or chrome, a $100 MX may be anywhere from a bargain to a great deal!


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    The MX was my very first SLR back in the early 80's and had many years good use out of it. I remember the ME-Super being around as well, but preferred a manual mechanical camera with a good old fashion shutter speed dial rather than the push-buttons of the ME-Super. I must admit, I haven't seen that many either on the used market.
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