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★★★☆☆

“East German Tank”

Written on: 08/11/2015 by Connere388 (1 review written)

Ok, this is an old camera. Made from late 70s to early 80s. Uses 42mm screw lenses so lots of good quality cheap lenses to pick from. Uses stop down match needle metering, activated by the black level next to the front mounted shutter release. You soon get used to the slightly odd placing of the release, I found it quite logical.
On the plus side it's easy to use and takes reasonable pictures, especially when paired with a decent lense. Film loading is also one of the best ever designs.
One the down side, the shutter makes a solid ker-chunk -- no stealth photos with this baby! There can also be some shake unless held firmly. quality and reliability are also possible issues. Quality control was iffy at best. Pentacon lense shutters were prone to sticking if not serviced but the big bugbear was the electronic light meter which would fail and cost more than the camera's new price to repair.
Pay a fiver or a tenner for one in good nick and take a chance. If you must have a 42mm camera then a Pentax SP1000 makes more sense, and if you want a straight manual camera then a Pentax K1000 or MX are both much better.