This Pentax Program Plus is in wonderful condition. Signs of normal wear but everything functions properly. It's a very enjoyable camera, and for the guarantee, it's a steal.
- Pentax Program Plus SN:1601075
- SMC Pentax-A f/1.7 50mm SN:1382803
- Original Program Plus Manual
Pentax introduced the Program Plus in 1984. It is a manual-focus 35 mm SLR camera.
It has four exposure modes, selected using a dial around the shutter release and the lens' aperture ring:
Programmed automatic exposure (KA lenses only): lens aperture set to 'A', shutter dial set to 'Auto'
Aperture-priority AE (K, Kf or KA lenses): lens aperture set to a value, shutter dial set to 'Auto'
Metered manual exposure: Lens aperture set to a value, shutter dial set to 'Man'. Even 42 mm screw-mount lenses can be used for manual exposure, with a screw-to-K-mount adapter ('Mount Adapter K'). With screw-mount lenses, stopped-down metering is used.
Programmed flash: lens aperture set to 'Auto' for programmed flash with a KA lens, or to a value for normal auto flash with any other lens. Shutter dial set to 'Auto' with dedicated flashes, or '100' for others.
The shutter dial also has 'Lock', 1/100 (for flash synchronization with non-dedicated flashes), and 'B' positions. In manual exposure, the shutter speed is adjusted using 'up' and 'down' buttons next to the shutter dial. The shutter is a vertical-travel focal-plane shutter with metal blinds and has speeds from 15 seconds to 1/1000 seconds, plus 'B'. The shutter speed in use is displayed in an LCD display in the viewfinder. There is also a display for the aperture. In programmed and aperture-priority modes this shows the aperture to be used. In the metered manual, it shows, for example, '+2' when the meter reading indicates that the current shutter speed and aperture settings will overexpose by two stops, and '±0' when the set values agree with the meter reading. The viewfinder also shows over-and under-exposure warnings, a low-battery warning, and a flash-charged indicator when a dedicated flash is used. The camera is compatible with several Pentax dedicated flashes, but cannot support the through-the-lens metering capability of some of them.
The viewfinder has a normal split-prism rangefinder and micro prism focusing aids. The camera has a depth-of-field preview lever by the lens mount and a self-timer. It has a hot shoe and a PC socket.
The camera has a finger grip attached to the front of the body on the right-hand side; this must be removed if a winder is fitted. The camera requires two 1.5V LR44 alkaline or SR44 silver oxide batteries, or an equivalent lithium battery.