Firstcall Photographic Limited, a specialist mail-order photographic supplier, have teamed up with Phenix, the world's largest manufacturer of manual SLRs (by volume) to launch the Phenix DC303K, a Pentax PK-mount manual SLR.
Features of the Phenix DC303K include ISO film speed to 3200, centre weighted TTL metering, shutter speeds of B to 1/2000th and a flash sync. of 1/125th or slower. Also included with the camera is a 50mm f1.7 lens with 52mm filter thread and a free leather-look case worth 10. The camera uses 10L14 batteries and is guaranteed for 12 months, offering a replacement camera within this period (when returned with box and full documentation).
Available for the first time in the UK, the DC303K is designed for novice photographers, and with a price of 89.99 there is no cheaper way for photography beginners to purchase a brand-new SLR. Rodney Bates is Sales Director for Firstcall Photographic. He said: "It is a great pleasure, in selling Phenix cameras, to know that an affordable manual SLR option for SLR beginners still remains a firm possibility." In connection with its design as a 'beginner's package', Firstcall are also offering a PH280A flashgun which will give perfect flash shots and four auxiliary lenses. These include the 24mm for wide angle, the 28-70mm for short zoom and the 28-105mm for medium zoom and portrait.
DC303K full specification
1) Centre weighted TTL metering
2) LED exposure display in the viewfinder
3) ISO film speed to 3200
4) Shutter speeds of B to 1/2000th
5) Flash sync. 1/125th or slower
6) Mechanical copal metal shutter
7) 10-second mechanical self-timer