Pentax P30 35mm SLR

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Great working condition with 6 months warranty
8.5/10 Pentax P30 35mm SLR

The P30T was an upgraded version of the P30 and, was the last model in the P series that Pentax made.

The P series consisted of the P3 & 30, P5 & 50, P3n, P30n and finally the P30t. This series of camera had quite a long life, being made from about 1985 up to about 1997 with the P30t coming towards the end of that period. By the time the P30t was nearing the end of it’s production in 1997 Pentax were also making autofocus models in the PZ range and just starting the MZ range, which gives a clue to the longevity of the P3.


Produced 1990-1997 Asahi Optical Corp, Japan
Film type 135 (35mm)
Picture size 24mm x 36mm
Weight 17.5oz (500g) body only; with SMC Pentax-A normal lens 23oz (653g)
Lens K-mount SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1:2-22
Filter size 49mm
Shutter electronic focal plane (metal)
Shutter speeds B, 1-1/1000
Viewfinder SLR
Exposure meter centerweighted TTL CdS with LED shutter speed readout in VF
Modes Aperture priority, Automatic exposure or Metered Manual modes (but no AF)
Battery manual just says ‘two 1.5 volt silver-oxide or alkaline mini batteries’ (I use 357)
Hotshoe accepts dedicated flash
Depth of Field preview button

Review :

Reviewed By:

Tim R

Pros:  Handling, reliability, depth of field preview, absurdly cheap second hand.
Cons:  No exposure compensation.

I've owned 4 P30t bodies (and one P30n). One had to go years ago in part exchange for an upgade to autfocus, and three got stolen from my house last year. They're great cameras, a joy to use, and I had to buy another P30t as soon as I could. They are absurdly cheap for what they are.Aside from one broken depth of field preview lever, I've never had any reliability or build problems with them.They do lack exposure compensation, but as full manual exposure is so easy to use, that's a limited drawback. They are also excellent cameras to learn on.
Sample photo Instagram credits:
1-2) @kmss3002

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Type: 35mm Camera


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