Pentax MX - A Small Wonder of the 70's


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.

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!

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