It´s build like a tank and can survive the worst places of the world. The Pentax MX was a small wonder of the 70´s Japanese optical and mechanical engineering.
My father was a photographer and taught me many things, and one thing in particular was that the Pentax is the best! He is a great fan of these Japanese cameras and he got one for us when I was in high school. And the Pentax MX has been with me since then.
It´s a light and compact SLR camera introduced in 1976 (my year of birth too) and produced until 1984, but it´s power are greater than it´s size. The Pentax MX was a mechanical camera, with a horizontal cloth focal plane shutter from 1s to 1/1000, synchronized at 1/60 with Bulb setting. Compact and light, equipped with a 50mm 1:14/ SMC PENTAX-M lenses, this camera was my “take everywhere” camera until I know the legendary Lomo LCA. I shot film with this camera since 1994 and it´s yet in good shape and working condition, ready for action. It´s f1.4 lens are perfect to low light indoor shooting or beautiful low DPOF photography.
Professional photographer said this camera can go from desert to the pole and still reliable for work with 135 films.
The Pentax MX is a great compact SLR camera to take everywhere. If you like the SLR way of photography, with manual controls, real time manual focus and the beautiful sound of shutter + mirror-movement that define the analog photography.