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In 1977, Pentax introduced two compact 35mm SLRs, the MX and the ME, after the Olympus OM-1 presented in 1972 had introduced a new trend for compactness in SLR cameras.
The Pentax ME was succeeded in 1979 by the more advanced ME Super and the simpler Pentax MV. The MV was in turn followed in 1980 by a less basic version, the Pentax MV1. The differences with the MV were the following:
The Pentax MV1 is an aperture priority automatic camera, with an electronic focal plane shutter from 1s to 1/1000, synchronized at 1/100. The shutter curtains are metal and have a vertical movement. There is no shutter dial, and the camera cannot be used in manual mode, except for B and 1/100 exposures. The exposure meter is of the standard TTL open aperture center weighted type. It is activated by a slight pressure on the release button.
The Pentax MV1 has a 0.85× viewfinder, covering 92% of the field. The finder screen is fixed, with a split image image and a micro-prism ring in the center. Neither the shutter speed nor the aperture is displayed in the finder.
There is a self-timer and a hot shoe on the top of the prism with an additional contact for dedicated Pentax flash units. The selector around the release button has three positions: Auto, 100X (1/100, X sync) and B. The Pentax MV1 can attach the external Winder ME (1.5 i/s) or the later Winder ME II (2i/s). The Pentax MV1 can also use the Dial Data ME data-back with an adapter to slide in the hot shoe, or the later Digital Data M data-back via a cord adapter and the hot shoe adapter
A normal range lens is considered to be one that will not magnify or increase width of the image compared to the human eye. This range of focal lengths is 40mm, 50mm, 55mm, and 60mm. This classification is only for the standard 35mm full-frame or digital full-frame camera format. If you are using a digital camera with less than this, the focal length must be multiplied by a factor based on the actual size of the sensor. In most cases, this is a multiple of 1.5x, but can vary slightly.