Pentax MX: A Small Wonder of the 70's


It´s built like a tank and can survive the worst places in the world. The Pentax MX was a small wonder of the 70´s Japanese optical and mechanical engineering.

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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 50 mm 1:14/ SMC PENTAX-M lenses, this camera was my “take everywhere” camera until I owned a legendary Lomo LCA. I shot film with this camera since 1994 and it´s yet in good shape and working condition, ready for action. Its f1.4 lens is perfect to low light indoor shooting or beautiful shallow DOF photography.

A professional photographer said this camera can go from desert to the pole and would still be 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 analog photography.

This article was written by Community member dux_x.

written by dux_x on 2009-03-17 #gear #film #review #slr #dux_x #pentax #135 #asahi-pentax


  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Cool review !

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Great review and great camera!! :))

  3. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Yeah, it looks so massive! I bet it´s really a great cam from the golden age of SLR - shot # 3 is realy cool!

  4. jaminsemirang
    jaminsemirang ·

    hi there, nice review, haha, i got my pentax spotmatic from my mom, pretty same with you, but my parents gave me action sampler (too) when i was in senior high. haha, Legendary cameras, pretty handy with outstanding results, dont you think, do you?
    happy shooting!

  5. jaminsemirang
    jaminsemirang ·

    whoaa, herbie, you saw this filmto? Lindsay Lohan was pretty, though she can do those ollies? hahaha

  6. dux_x
    dux_x ·

    This camera is great and legendary, indeed...

    jaminsemirang, i use to drive that herbie in the 90´s, in brasil the VW sedan is called "Fusca". My old VW 1968 was a great and fun car, and looks like the original herbie, with the stripes and the 53 number. Evebody loves it.

    Thanx a lot for you all...

  7. d_i_d
    d_i_d ·

    One of the best SLRs out there!

  8. andierocks
    andierocks ·

    a big WOW! i hope I had this kind of Pentax too...

  9. darryl1208
    darryl1208 ·

    Have some since nearly 20 years. When I wanted to reactivate it last summer I recognized the Photometer has difficulties, but I like this Camera it all time worked well for me.

  10. xsukemukabuku
    xsukemukabuku ·

    my father have a pentax mx..have some since nearly 29years with my father..
    i like to sell this cmera..who r wont get its..huhu

  11. crismiranda
    crismiranda ·

    I also have one and it was my father`s. It erally takes great pics.

  12. af-capture
    af-capture ·

    Just ordered one!

  13. rafaelruiz
    rafaelruiz ·

    A really fine Camera. I have one myself. Very compact. Even smaller than the Olympus OM1.
    I have the 40/2.8 pancake lens what make's it even more compact.
    Thanks for the review.

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