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REVIEW: Sears KS Super II (SR2000)



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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2014-06-22

Sears KS Super II (SR2000)

Built by Ricoh but haven't found any info when.

Technical info

Lens mount: Pentax K (PK)
Shutter: 1/500s to 1s ses the manual but testing my camera in total darkness gave a exposure about 9 sec long.
Light meter: Through the lens, center weighted (ISO 12 - 3200)
Battery: Two 1.5v SR44 or one 3v equivalent
Flash: Hot shoe (sync 1/100 sec)
Weight: 460g

Self-timer
Exposure comp + / - two stops

Takes standard 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.

Operating
Sears KS Super II (SR2000)


Viewfinder:

Great size and brightness.
Works very well and it's easy to find focus.

Info:
Right side has the light meter info and a flash ready led.
The info for the light meter are a plus, minus
which indicate over or under exposure.
Between these two there is a circle for correct exposure.
A led lights up just to the side of the symbols and the plus, minus has a red light while the middle one is green.

It also has a camera shake warning and the green led blinks if the shutter speed is less than 1/50s.

Focus aid:
Split screen and Microprism


Shutter type:

Focal plane
Vertical metal blade.

Electronically controlled.


Build quality:

Metal body but much of the exterior is plastic.
Well put together and are still quite nice and solid.

Look, feel and sound:
Fairly standard looking but also a little discreet when it don't have a big brand name on it.
The plastic parts are somewhat good and not to toy like but still feels a little cheap.
Shutter and mirror sounds are somewhat standard and nothing that sticks out either way.








Usability:

The limited shutter speed control do narrow down the kind of users which would enjoy this camera.
You only have X for flash sync or Auto shutter to choose from.
Also a exposure comp + / - two stops which is very useful and more or less a must for a good exposure in some light conditions.
But don't have any way to lock the exposure which is something I miss.

Also lacks a B (bulb) and no mirror lock or equivalent.
The mirror and shutter do make a some noticeable vibrations but nothing to bad.
But most users of this camera will probably only use it handheld so these features will likly never be missed.

Camera is very easy to use, do feels good in your hands and buttons and levers are well placed.


Conclusion:


Can be a great camera for those that more or less only wants to use a auto shutter setting.
Would have been nice with a way to lock the shutter but it do have the exposure comp.
Can see this as a good camera for street photography or similar where you might not have much time for setting etc.
Also quite a discreet looking camera which can be good in cases like that.

These are usually very cheap so you do get value for the money.


Thumbs up:
B
uild quality on the body
Viewfinder
Reliable
Lightweight
Value for the money


Thumbs down:

Some parts are quite plasticky and feels a little cheap
Lack of shutter settings
Can't lock the shutter in auto


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