The Pentax P50 (P5 in the US) is a manual focus SLR utilizing lenses with the KA mount. It was first issued in 1986.
The standard lens is a 50 mm f/1.7.
The camera has five exposure modes. Settings are displayed in an LCD screen to the right of the prism, and selected by navigating the menu with 'Up' and 'Down' buttons beside the display. The major modes are:
Programmed AE with a bias toward fast shutter speed
Programmed AE biased toward small aperture
Aperture priority AE
Metered manual exposure
Programmed mode for dedicated auto flash
The shutter is a vertical-travel focal plane shutter, with speeds from 1 second to 1/1000 second, plus 'B'. Flash synchronisation is at 1/100 second; the camera is compatible with some dedicated Pentax flashes.
The camera reads DX codes on film, and has no other ISO setting control. If film without a DX code is loaded, the film speed is set to ISO 100.
The camera requires two 1.5V LR44 alkaline or SR44 silver oxide batteries.
Pentax introduced the Program A (or Program Plus in North America) in 1984. It is a manual-focus 35 mm SLR camera.
It has four exposure modes, selected using a dial around the shutter release and the lens' aperture ring:
- Programmed automatic exposure (KA lenses only): lens aperture set to 'A', shutter dial set to 'Auto'
- Aperture-priority AE (K, Kf or KA lenses): lens aperture set to a value, shutter dial set to 'Auto'
- Metered manual exposure: Lens aperture set to a value, shutter dial set to 'Man'. Even 42 mm screw-mount lenses can be used for manual exposure, with a screw-to-K-mount adapter ('Mount Adapter K'). With screw-mount lenses, stopped-down metering is used.
- Programmed flash: lens aperture set to 'Auto' for programmed flash with a KA lens, or to a value for normal auto flash with any other lens. Shutter dial set to 'Auto' with dedicated flashes, or '100' for others.
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Overall condition - Great
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This camera has been mechanically tested and is in full working condition.
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