Question about Cameras
Hi Sherry. Chinon cameras used the Pentax K mount, so you can choose from Pentax and Ricoh models, mainly. There are also a few Miranda bodies knocking around (a budget own-brand badge used by the Dixons Store Group in the UK) but ignore them unless free. <br /><br />With a little patience and a polite rquest, you should be able to get a free replacement 35mm body from one of your local FreeCycle or Freegle groups. I've had plenty of complete Nikon and Canon outfits from there but Olympus, Minolta and Pentax are more scarce, but if you are prepared to be flexible you can end up with a good complete Canon FD mount (manual focus) outfit, complete with excellent lenses (useless on later AF Canons) for zilch. It's usually worth investing in a one-off foam light seal replacement and CLA (clean, lubricate, adjust) service though to ensure that these almost bulletproof cameras continue to give long service. <br /><br />If you wish to upgrade to digital, then current Pentax K models *might* accept your lenses as the physical mount has not changed, but there will be no communication of information between the lens and body and auto-stop down of the aperture will not work. The doubt regarding fit is that the rear elements of your non-Pentax lenses might interfere with the operation of the SLR mirror at certain focal length and focus combinations so you'd need to ask if you can try your lenses on the new body before buying. Finally, the image sensor is smaller than on your 35mm Chinon, so the images will appear to be cropped. The effect is as if you have a 1.5x teleconverter fitted so your 70-210 will seem like a 105-315 and your 28-100 will seem like a 32-150mm lens. Apertures will remain unaffected though.<br /><br />In short, if you really do wish to continue to use your present lenses then you would be far better sticking with 35mm SLR K-mount bodies.<br /><br />I hope that I have been of assistance and that you take a moment to rate my reply.<br /><br /><br /> <!-- from fixya rte -->
Posted on Aug 15, 2010
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