The early 1970's Fujica ST901 and Pentax ES II where both open aperture TTL metering, aperture priority auto-exposure, 35mm SLRs, with electronically timed and continuously variable shutter speeds. They were very similarly specified and priced cameras.
Well, I like the ST901 ... and I like the ES II ... but which is better? There's only one way to find out ... FIGHT!
If you're not from the UK, Harry Hill (pictured) was a TV Comedian whose recurring gag was to settle
which is best disputes by a comedic fight.
|Fujica ST901||Pentax ES II|
|Viewfinder||Ground glass screen.||Fresnel screen.|
|Central micro-prism collar.||Central micro-prism collar.|
|0.96x magnification.||0.89x magnification.|
|Shutter||Horizontally-running focal plane shutter with electronic or mechanical timing.||Horizontally-running focal plane shutter with electronic or mechanical timing.|
|Continuously variable from 20 seconds to 1/1000th.||Continuously variable from 8 seconds to 1/1000th.|
|Mechanical speeds from 1/60th to 1/1000th + B.||Mechanical speeds from 1/60th to 1/1000th + B.|
|10 second delay.||Cancellable self-timer for 5-11 second delay.|
|Eye-piece blind.||Eye-piece blind.|
|Lockable shutter release (prevents exposure).||Lockable shutter release (prevents exposure and provides a
|Shutter-cocked indicator: red dot in window next to shutter release.|
|DOF preview||Lockable and allows stop down metering.||Lockable and allows stop down metering.|
|Meter||Silicon blue photocell, TTL, open-aperture metering with automatic aperture priority.||CdS, TTL, open-aperture metering with automatic aperture priority.|
|Meter does not operate in manual mode.||Meter
assumedto operate in manual mode.
|Shutter speeds viewfinder displayed approximately as LED digits.||Shutter speeds viewfinder displayed by needle pointer.|
|Exposure Compensation||+2/-2 in 1/3rd f/stop increments with viewfinder display.||+2/-1 in three increments 4x, 2x, 1/2x.|
|Lens Mount||42mm screw - only fully compatible with Auto Fujinon lenses.||42mm screw - only fully compatible with SMC Takumar lenses.|
|Film Speed||20 to 3200 ASA.||20 to 3200 ASA.|
|Flash Sync||Standard X and FP synch, with X-sync hot shoe at 1/60.||Standard X and FP synch, with X-sync hot shoe at 1/60.|
|Film Advance||Single short stroke lever.||Single short stroke lever with 10° pre-advance and 160° advance angle.|
|Frame Counter||Automatic count-up and reset.||Automatic count-up and reset.|
|Rewind||Via crank and bottom release button.||Via crank and bottom release button.|
|Size||143 x 91.5 x 52mm (W x H x D).||143 x 98 x ?mm (W x H x D).|
|Weight||622g (body only).||678g (body only).|
|Battery||6v 4LR44 type.||Four 1.5v SR44 type.|
|Misc||Film confirmation window.||Film type reminder dial.|
|Auto/manual switch lock.|
|Lens mount lock.|
As I don't own a Pentax ES II, I have referred to the instruction manual, but it's a little vague about some features.
Who won? ... Well the Fujica obviously! :-)