Pentax P series: 1985-1997:

1985: P30:

The P 30 was introduced in 1985. The P-series were simpler cameras than the A-series released two years earlier. P30 had only one program mode, for instance. The dial for time setting was back, though, and with very little resistance, making it easy to find correct values. Size: 137x87,5x50,5. S/n: 4068681.

1987: P50:

The second version of the P-series. Av mode was added, and EF button for over/under exposure.The SFX was introduced the same year, and the P50 did not become the big hit. Size: 137x87,5x50,5 mm. Sn: 3681459.

Controls:

No dials here, but an information panel showing program mode - manual with shuttertime and program with sport or landscape modes.

1988: P30 n:

The P30n of 1988. Identical to the P30, but with added Av mode. Succeeded by the P30T, a titanium grey but otherwise identical version that was produced from 1990 till 1997. Sn: 4885300.

Controls:

No information panel, only rewind krank, on/off slide, speed dial with an open front for finger tip control, and frame counter.

1990: P30T:

The last P model, the t for titanium. No titanium inside, just the name of the colour of the prism house. Otherwise identical to the P30n. Sn: 6430246.

Controls:

Identical to the P30n. Produced until 1997. Most brands had some models made by other factories, mostly by Cosina and Chinon. On the list of cameras produced by Cosina, this Pentax turns up, as the only Pentax. (See Lost Brands 00s - Cosina.)

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Odd | Svar 20.02.2013 23.27

Hei igjen! Nå ligger den omtalte lista ute under "Lost Brands-the 00s". Se Cosina, nederst på sida. Som du vil se, har jeg lagt til noen kommentarer.

Bjørn Svela | Svar 12.02.2013 16.20

Flotte sider du har laga. Har et påbegynt lignende prosjekt, men du kom meg i forkjøpet :) Lurte på en ting: Er det dokumentert at Cosina laga P30T?

Odd 17.02.2013 23.40

Hyggelig at du liker sidene! Mye gjenstår! Vedr. Cosina og P30T: Den finnes på en liste over de 113 modellene Cosina laget. Legger ut lista under Cosina.

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13.05 | 14:20

Sadly not found the Ricoh XR-7 / Sigma SA-1 / Sears KS-2 camera(s) on the site. They could be produced by Cosina as well, but I have no information about this.

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21.04 | 21:14

For an explanation of the penta mirror, please see the page "Some Definitions".
My definition of PP SLR also include the penta mirror cameras.

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21.04 | 19:28

More about Pentaflex: Probably a penta mirror, which is a lighter, less expensive, a bit darker and simpler edition of the penta prism. Text will be corrected.

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21.04 | 12:20

Hi, Information about this camera is scarce and often differing. What is your source? Anyway, thanks for your help. Does anyone else have information about it?

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