Best m42 camera to use with soviet lenses?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by noeru, Nov 22, 2018.

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    Japanese, too - my 55/2.2 Auto Takumar has a slider just in front of the mount.
     
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    Thats's so kind, thank you so much! I actually managed to snatch a CE 3 on eBay for very little so that will hopefully sort me out! :smile:
     
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    Infinity focus was my major concern. I posted this on another thread. This is a generic copy of the genuine Pentax one. This one came with a "key" tool to insert and remove, which is most definitely more handy than what some people reported in removing it from the camera. :smile:

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    I got my CE 3! It's quite nice as far as I can tell from a first inspection but you really can't have it all - the asa only goes up to 200. I see now that the CE 2 goes up to 3200. I didn't even think to check.

    Also thanks guys for pointing out there are good and bad adaptors, I didn't know and unfortunately had the bad type. I have a knockoff pentax one with the key on the way so basically if I can use my m42 lenses on me ME Super with no focus range issues I don't even need the Chinon, though I'll probably keep it cause no doubt, the way this story has played so far, I'll run into more compatibility issues down the line. ;D
     
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    Are you sure, I thought it went up to 3200?

    Even the CM3 goes up to 1600.
     
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    Wow you're right, it does! The dial was stuck, I nearly broke a nail trying to move that pin, but it does go up to 3200. Thank you!!!
     
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    Don't give up on the ES II ! I have 5 of them all recently serviced by Eric Hendrickson. https://pentaxs.com/

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    They use four 1.5v Silver Oxide batteries (Eveready S76E or Mallory MS-76H) - no 1.3v mercury battery issues to deal with.

    To get full aperture auto operations you need "Super-Multi-Coated" Takumar m42 lenses (later ones were marked "SMC"). All others you use stop down metering as mentioned above.

    Here's a link to the manual in case you don't have one:

    http://www.cameramanuals.org/pentax_pdf/pentax_es_ii.pdf

    Good luck!
     
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