Yay - Back In the Saddle With Pentax
Yippee - Tie-Yoh Pentax have got their mojo back.
After years of stylistic bouncing about, Pentax have wisely looked into their past and come out with a design that remembers how good things were.
I mean the new Pentax MX-1 camera. If you remember the Pentax MX cameras in the 35 mm film days, the features that stick in the mind were the solid build, compact size, and great feel of the top and bottom metal body panels. Pentax were wise and chamfered them to allow your hands to feel comfortable. Someone in their design department in the 70's knew their ergonomics - or more to the point, knew ours...
The new MX-1 has continued this tradition - so much so that the top and bottom plates are not just chamfered, but are actual brass pressings with proper chrome. As a result, the camera body has a solidity that is missing in some other brands.
In all, a really well-thought-out travelling camera - this is the the one for the European vacation.