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My Pentax ME Super is nearly as old as I am and has performed very well. It sports aperature priority automatic exposure metering and is otherwise fully manual. If you don't have your wits about you, you end up with interesting masterpieces

The Sigma Hyperzoom 28-300mm lens is an unashamably autofocus lens, which was something of a handicap. The lens has a big hood which I found very reasuring as you can't easily bang its 72mm maw on anything. I spent most of the time with the cap off and the hood on.

Focus is very twitchy and requires significant time to take each shot. It has a maximum aperture of f3.5 at 28mm and f6.3 300mm. This means that it is a bright light lens only. In hindsight, I should have taken big prime lens for low light situations.

Inside, I took long (1-10s) exposures with smallish apertures (f5.6 or f8). This worked well, but I found the need for a tripod. I made do with whatever was to hand, the lens hood being a useful item. Sometimes this didn't work so well.

copyright 2003 Tom Parker - last modified 23 Oct 2003