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Pentax P3 (Early) 35mm Camera Body, Black, No Cable Release Socket

***Lens not included
Pentax Cameras
KEH Model# 250961
Grade Notes Price Qty
None
$4.00

* AS IS means usable for parts only. Equipment may or may not work. No warranty or return available.

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Pentax P3 (Early) 35mm Camera Body, Black, No Cable Release Socket Description

Details

The Pentax P3 is a manual focus 35mm film SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera that uses Pentax K-Mount lenses.  The P3 is a relatively compact SLR camera that was designed to be economical and easy to use while still benefitting from interchangeable lens compatibility.  Unlike Pentax's more well known K1000 design, the P3 has a Depth-Of-Field Preview lever, only offers automatic ISO setting via DX film code reading, has an LED meter display, and features a Program Auto-Exposure in addition to a standard manual exposure mode.

The Program mode requires electrical contacts for lens to body communication; so a KA-Mount version of the K-mount like an SMC-A lens (or a newer style) is necessary for full lens compatibility.  SMC-M lenses lenses can still be used, but only in the Manual exposure mode.

The P3 was originally introduced in 1985 and was marketed as the Pentax P30 outside North America.  In 1988 Pentax introduced the P3n (also known as the P30n outside North America) which added an Aperture Priority AE mode.  Two versions of the P3 exist: the 'early' version which has no connection for a cable release (only has a self-timer), in the 'late' version Pentax added a cable release socket near the lens mount.

Key Features

  • Manual focus 35mm film SLR camera with mechanical advance/rewind
  • Fixed microprism/ horizontal split image matte focusing screen
  • Pentax KA bayonet lens mount
  • Depth-of-Field Preview
  • Auto DX code reading (only) ISO/ASA film speed range: 25-1600
  • Film loaded window
  • GPD (Gallium Photo Diode) light metering cell
  • Manual metering and Program AE (Auto-Exposure) modes (only)
  • Center-weighted light metering pattern
  • LED metering display
  • Viewfinder info includes: shutter speed, metering function, flash ready signal
  • M.L. Meter Lock (Auto-Exposure lock)
  • Electronically controlled, vertical moving metal blade shutter by Seiko (MFC-E7)
  • Shutter speeds from 1/1000 to 1 second, B (Bulb), 1/100x
  • 1/100 sec flash sync speed
  • Stepless shutter speeds in Program mode
  • Hotshoe, dedicated Program auto-flash communication (not TTL)
  • Integral ergonomic grip
  • No cable release socket
  • Electronic Self-timer
  • Uses two SR44/LR44/MS76 type batteries

Available accessories include: Pentax K-Mount lenses, DX coded 35mm film, dedicated flashes.

KEH Specifications

  • Type: TTL Programmed-AE 35mm SLR Camera
  • Exposure-Control Modes: Programmed AE, Metered Manual, Programmed Auto Flash
  • Lens Mount: Pentax KA Bayonet Mount
  • Focusing: Manual
  • Shutter: 1 - 1/1000 sec, B
  • Metering: Open-aperture, TTL center-weighted, average area metering system with GPD
  • Film-speed Range: ISO 25-1600
  • Mirror: Back-swing type instant-return
  • Viewfinder: 92% Field of view, 0.82x Magnification
  • Flash: Hot shoe, PC terminal
  • Film Advance: Manual - Crank type
  • Self Timer: 12 second delay
  • Power: 2 - 1.5v Silver-oxide or alkaline mini batteries
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 3.4 x 2.0"
  • Weight: 17.9 oz

Specifications

General information

Brand Name Pentax
Product information
Autofocus
No

Physical Characteristics

Lens Mount Pentax K (SMC, SMC-M), Pentax KA (SMC-A), Pentax KA2 (MZ-M, ZX-M), Pentax KAF SMC-F, Pentax KAF SMC-FAJ, Pentax KAF2 (SMC-FA), Pentax KF (SMC-AF, ME F)