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Old 03-24-2019   #95
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Beautiful Bricks

Here's the insides of one model Eric Hendrickson calls a "Plastic Pentax" :

Just look at all those plastic gears!

The Pentax ZX/MZ series Achilles heel is a plastic gear in a critical place.
Once it breaks - and it invariably does - camera is completely disabled.
The replacement motor came with a metal gear, but it requires complete disassembly
and it is now no longer available.

IIRC some of the Minolta X-series cameras have a plastic gear that often breaks, disabling the camera.

No doubt countless other later model film SLRs from all manufacturers were built similarly.
Cheap now yes, but I consider them disposable cameras.

Bring back the latent image!
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