Pentaxians love to praise the virtues of mechanical cameras like the Spotmatics, K1000, LX and MX, but while I appreciate their build quality and the fact that they will last forever if properly maintained, I also enjoy the convenience and accuracy of later models such as the previously reviewed MZ-3. Introduced in 1983 the Pentax Super Program is a model that essentially gives you the best of both of these worlds. It is a solid, made of metal body (not the cheap plastic feel of the MZ line), it is relatively small (131 x 86.5 x 47.5mm) and usually comes with a nice detachable grip for added comfort. The main features are electronic shutter, meter, aperture and shutter priority, and auto and manual modes. While it does not have auto-focus capabilities, the upside is that it has a bright beautiful ground-glass pentaprism viewfinder. Thus it has the two most important aspects in a camera for me – a great viewfinder for accurate focusing, and a spot-on shutter speeds. With Pentax A lenses you can have full auto shooting or choose between aperture or shutter priority, and with M and K lenses you can have aperture priority, or manual with either set of lenses. One annoying quirk with the Super Program is that the ‘genius’ Pentax engineers decided to automatically set the shutter speed to 1/1000 sec for all film frames until you reach 1. I guess the thinking behind this was that you would want to quickly advance to the 1 frame and not get a long exposure if you are set to auto. However, for those of us that like to get as many frames as possible out of a roll, the work around is to set the film speed dial to 1/125 and select an appropriate aperture manually to get those first few frames before 1. The Pentax Super Program is an excellent, small, easy to handle, convenient, and fun to shoot camera – my new favourite Pentax. Click here to purchase.