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Latest Review Posted Pentax Z-1p / PZ-1p
The Pentax Z-1p/PZ-1p was released in September 1994 and it replaced the original Z-1/PZ-1 released in 1992. The Z-1p/PZ-1p has a few minor improvements/changes over its predecessor, as well as the Panorama mode. The Z-1p/PZ-1p remained in production until 2000, when the new third generation AF MZ/ZX Series cameras were released.

The Z-1p/PZ-1p is another camera where Pentax had different names for different markets. It was called the Z-1p in Japan & International markets, but for the North American market it was named the PZ-1p. The cameras are identical, but have different manuals.

Build & Handling:
The Z-1p/PZ-1ps build is Ok and is clearly more plastic when compared to a K Series body, but still better built than the next generation MZ/ZX bodies. There are some reported issues with cracked bottom plates, broken battery compartment doors and disintegrating rubber eyecups. When I purchased my Z-1p it was in LN condition, so no issues with the bottom plate or battery door. However, when I removed the rubber eyecup to adjust the diopter, it crumbled into three pieces. It had probably been attached the camera for 25 years and I was the first one to remove it. The Fd eyecup is hard rubber with no support bracket, so it must have dried out over the years. No big deal, I just replaced it with a regular M Series round soft rubber eyecup.

This is another big beefy camera (650 grams), so no issues balancing my bigger lenses on this body. The right-side grip, ...

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