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Pentax ME F Vintage SLR 35mm Film Camera with f/1.2 50mm Prime Lens

by Pentax
Original price £200.00 - Original price £200.00
Original price
£200.00 - £200.00
Current price £200.00

The Pentax ME F was an amateur level 35mm SLR film camera single-lens reflex, interchangeable lens. It was manufactured by Asahi Optical Co., Ltd. of Japan from November 1981 to 1984. The ME F was a heavily modified version of the Pentax ME-Super, and a member of the Pentax M-series family of SLRs.  It was the first mass-produced SLR camera to come with an autofocus system.

The ME F is a historically significant camera. It was the first autofocus (AF) 35 mm SLR camera to reach production. It had a built-in through-the-lens (TTL) electronic contrast detection system to automatically determine proper subject focus and drive a lens to that focus point. Although it autofocused poorly and was a commercial failure, the pioneering ME F was a major milestone in the history of camera technology that pointed the way to all present day AF SLRs. Most new cameras today, whether film, video or digital, have some sort of autofocusing system.

This camera comes with:

  • Pentax 50mm f/1.2 Lens

In 1981 a derivative of the ME Super called Pentax ME-F was launched. The differences from the ME Super were:

  • Focus assistance mechanism
  • Brighter finder screen
  • Different finder magnification
  • 4 batteries (1.5V) instead of 2

The focusing assistance mechanism had a selector lever with three positions: high aperture lens, small aperture lens, off. An LED in the finder and a (de-activatable) beep told the user that the subject was in focus.


  • Sensitivity range: ISO 12-1600
  • Mount: Pentax K
  • Winding film: Lever
  • Rewind film formula: Crank
  • Exposure meter: TTL, open aperture, center weighted
  • Exposure modes: aperture priority
  • Shutter: Focal plane Seiko MFC-E metal curtains, vertical travel
  • Shutter speed: B, 4 – 1/2000 seconds
  • Battery: 4 x LR44

This vintage film camera is ideal for beginners, amateurs and professionals. It’s in excellent condition and is ready to produce another lifetime of fantastic photos!

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