Pentax Me Super vs MX: most reliable?

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  1. narsuitus

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    Good for you. However, what did the original poster decide?
     
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    You need another sample of the MX. There is significant paint loss on the side.
     
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    Fortunately the MX has a removable back. But I did manage to get a nice black MX . . . :wink:

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    Nice black MX.
     
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    mmm...so sexy!
     
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    Well done!
     
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    oops 6 months late, sorry :sleeping::sideways:
    the film advance clutch
    ( maybe that is the same as the take up spool ? )
    used it HEAVILY for years after that ...
    as the used car lots say " its a

    cream puff " :wink:

    excellent !
    have fun :smile:
    john
     
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    There is one small question - where to buy a workable MX? :smile:
     
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    There is the advance axle with the sprocket wheel and there is the take up spool. The take up spool is driven by the advance axle by means of a clutch.
     
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    There are a few listed on Ebay and the prices seem not too bad.
     
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    i guess ?
    i didn't take it apart and fix it, but i take it to a repair person to repair it
    and my repair guy said " had to replace the clutch"
    years later i the same proceedure done by the man on my penft ...
    i figure stuff wears out ofter 40 years? i know my car's clutch doesn't last forever either
     
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    Beautiful. Simply beautiful. The pancake lens is perfect.

    I wish the JCII had adopted a standard on where to place those stickers; I've seen them even across an aperture ring.

    I say they should've placed them on the bottom of the camera. Perhaps they did not realize many people don't want to remove the stickers.
     
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    What's really nice about it is that it is as fully functional as it is good looking!
     
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    I got most of mine from local craigslist and KEH.com and maybe a handful from the auction site. I guess you get them where you can find them.
     
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    Oh they should all be fully functioning.
     
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    I have the original M42->K adapter , but is much better to use a M42 camera, because of auto aperture. And possibily the best M42 camera is the Spotmatic II.
     
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    The MX is smaller, sexier, better built, better viewfinder, better meter display, lower shutter vibration, tougher wind advance, and probably has a wider lens selection. And more ergonomic.

    Pentax was an older, bigger company than Olympus, with much more budget for R&D and an enviable history as the pioneers of japanese SLR cameras and optics. It was expected that they would create a superior product.

    As for the LX vs MX vs ME, the MX has a smoother shutter than the ME (horizontal shutters almost always win).

    The LX was too big for me to prefer over the MX. The LX is small for a professional camera! But the "professional camera" category is already well covered by my F-1s and F2s.

    Despite that, the MX is almost pro.
     
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    As a user of OM system and owner of several M42 lenses, I must say that there's no M42-OM adapter available without an optical element in it. Which means quality loss. Not to mention that if the lens is a later model, or Japanese, which have automatic diaphragm, you won't be able to stop it down.

    That is why I still have Zenit camera in the cabinet.

    P.S. Please someone tell me that there is an adapter without optical element, I'm tired of Zenit.
     
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    The Lx wasn't too big for me but I wanted too long till Lx was discontinued. Last pricing was USD 4500,- with 1.2/50mm.
    By the way it is nearly impossible to find a MX in New condition.

    with regards

    PS : Later Pentax revived LX with the Y2K edition. This Pentax one may find in 100% New condition but on horrable pricing.
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    No, of course LX isn't that big, but it hits the wallet too hard, unlike ME Super or even MX.
     
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    Why don't you get a Pentax Spotmatic? Or a Praktica LTL, which has perhaps the best implementation of stop-down metering there is?
     
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    Mostly because I won't get rid of Zenit (it's a gift from someone important to me and it is in pristine condition). But also because right now I'm switching from OM to Pentax and new K mount body will accept M42 lenses via M42 to K adapter, which I already have and use successfully on digital Pentax K-x.
     
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    I have Pentax MX and the original M42->K adapter, but I prefer to use the spotmatics for M42 lenses (i have the F and the IIa spotmatics). Auto diaphragm operation makes all the difference in the world.

    Another great camera for M42, and a little known secret, is the Canon EF-M with the M42->EOS adapter.
     
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