Monday, October 14, 2019

Pentax MV1, SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8

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Pentax MV1, SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8

'Analog Diary - Five frames with Pentax MV1 and SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8, on a quest for the perfect do-it-all SLR film camera kit'

A fun and easy to use 35mm SLR film camera kit that you want to look at, if you starting to look at film photography, is the combination of a Pentax MV1 SLR film camera, and the SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8 lens.

The camera/lens combination is very compact and equally a lightweight, with the 18mm thick lens weighing only 110 grams, and a camera body that weighs 425 grams without batteries.

In use, the camera kit is not only well suited to hiking or street shooting, but is equally suitable as a do-it-all general use lens for snapshots, family outings, travel photos, urbanscapes, and architectural images.

The 5-elements in 4-group SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8, produced from 1976 to 1984, was the smallest SLR lens that Pentax ever made. A seven-layer SMC coating process that Pentax started using to coat the lens element since 1971 produces images are sharp and clear and mid-tones contrast that are always pleasing to look at.

The lens has a focal length of 40mm, slightly narrower than a 35mm lens, which one seems to be always troubled by extraneous side elements cropping into the image frame. Just as well, the lens is wider than a 50mm, making it just right for that extra squeeze in a tight urban corner.

The Pentax MV1, an update to the Pentax MV which was launched a year earlier, is an aperture-priority 35mm SLR film camera, was a product from the 1980s. It has a shutter speed range from 1 to 1/1000 second, which is set automatically by the camera, and an  ISO speed range from 32 to 1600.

Pentax MV1, SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8

The camera is as good as any to start you off into film photography. It is a well-constructed camera, a smooth operator with a well-damped mirror flap action that produces little if any, camera body shake. The compact and lightweight body is easily available on the auction market, most at very affordable prices, and has been known to be reliable and worth the keep.


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