In the early 1980s, the Yashica FX-D Quartz and Pentax ME Super 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 FX-D Quartz... and I like the ME Super ... 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.
|Yashica FX-D Quartz||Pentax ME Super|
|Viewfinder||Matt ground glass screen.||Matt ground glass screen.|
|Central micro-prism collar.||Central micro-prism collar.|
|Split-image rangefinder.||Split-image rangefinder.|
|0.86x magnification.||0.92x magnification.|
|95% viewfinder coverage.||92% viewfinder coverage.|
|11 LED shutter speed bank, with additional red under/over warning LEDs.||14 LED shutter speed bank (green and yellow slow speeds), with additional red under/over warning LEDs.|
|Flash ready indicator.||Flash ready indicator.|
|Battery check.||Battery check.|
|Shutter||Quartz timed vertical travel metal focal-plane shutter. Electronically controlled (step less variation).||Seiko MFC-E2 vertical travel metal focal-plane shutter. Electronically controlled (step less variation).|
|Speeds from 1 to 1/1000th + B.||Speeds from 4 to 1/2000th + B.|
|Self-timer with 10 sec. delay. LED flashes and audible warning device sounds during operation, accelerating 2 sec. before shutter release.||Self-timer with 4-11 second delay.|
|Electro-magnetic shutter release.||Mechanical shutter release.|
|Lockable shutter release.|
|Meter||TTL, centre-weighted metering at full aperture using SPD (Silicon Photo Diode) cell.||TTL, centre-weighted metering at full aperture using GPD cells (Gallium Photo Diodes).|
|Meter supports manual mode.||Meter supports manual mode.|
|Auto exposure lock retains shutter speed for off-the-subject readings.|
|Exposure Compensation||+2/-1 in four increments 4x, 2x, 1/2x, 1/4.||+2/-1 in four increments 4x, 2x, 1/2x, 1/4.|
|Lens Mount||Yashica/Contax bayonnet.||Pentax K bayonnet.|
|Film Speed||25 to 1600 ASA.||12 to 1600 ASA.|
|Separate press button unlocks film speed dial.||Film speed dial has to be pulled up to unlock.|
|Flash Sync||X-sync hot shoe at 1/100th.||X-sync hot shoe at 1/125th plus x-sync port.|
|Film Advance||Single stroke lever with 20° pre-advance standoff and 130° setting angle.||Single stroke lever with 30° pre-advance standoff and 135° setting angle.|
|Coupling for 2 fps winder.||Coupling for 2 fps winder.|
|Film transport conformation dial, and film wound indicator.|
|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||135 x 86 x 50mm (W x H x D).||131.5 x 83 x 49.5mm (W x H x D).|
|Weight||460g (body only).||445g (body only).|
|Battery||2 x 1.5V LR44.||2 x 1.5V LR44.|
Who won? ...
Well on paper the Pentax is the slightly better camera in areas where there is a difference, but I think the Yashica's
normal shutter speed selector dial, and the soft shutter release count for a lot.