Harry HillIn 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.
Pentaprism Silver-coated Pentaprism
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.
DOF preview None. None.
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.

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Yashica FX-D Quartz and Pentax ME Super

Yashica FX-D Quartz and Pentax ME Super

Yashica FX-D Quartz and Pentax ME Super

Yashica FX-D Quartz and Pentax ME Super