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12-16-2015, 03:00 PM   #1
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Please recommend a Pentax film camera for DA AF lenses .

Hi .
I'd like to shoot film with the DA 35 F2.4 and DA 50 1.8 .
In either manual or auto focus .
Which Pentax film camera do you recommend ?
Also open to suggestions for other lenses to try .
Thanks !

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The camera you choose has to support either P or Tv mode (i.e. A series or newer). Also, if the camera doesn't offer electronic aperture control via the body, you won't be able to manually set the aperture since the lens has no aperture ring.

The PZ-1/Z-1 would be a good example of a fully-featured film body that I'd recommend.

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Best cameras for those lenses,

MZ-L, MZ-6, ZX-L
PZ-1, Z-1, PZ-1p, Z-1p
Z-5
MZ-7, ZX-7
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ZX-5, ZX-5n, MZ-5, MZ-5n (only P and Tv modes)
MZ-3 (only P and Tv modes)
MZ-S (only P and Tv modes)


I would recommend the MZ-L, MZ-6, ZX-L above the others.
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PZ-1 (or PZ-1p) or Z-1, Z-1p would be my pick. I'm partial to that camera as it is what i switched to from my Nikon F2. The Pentax PZ-1 series is phenomenal. It's also an easy transition from a DSLR. Auto modes available manual modes available, motor drive (modest speed) auto focus, program modes.

If you get one PM me I have an extra grip for a Z-1/PZ-1 that I would be willing to sell. The grip is passive and I only recently acquired two - but MAN what a difference - it's light and fantastic feeling.

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For manual focus cameras...

The Super Program, Program Plus, A3000, or P series.
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As already suggested, my PZ-1 works perfectly with DA lenses, with dual control wheels much like the current DSLR's.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
As already suggested, my PZ-1 works perfectly with DA lenses, with dual control wheels much like the current DSLR's.
And it just feels so right. Great camera but I'm biased.
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P3/30 N and T will work at a pinch if you have them but in program mode only. Better to get one of the motor driven bells and whistles types recommended above.

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I have an SFXn and a Z-10. I'd look for an SFX or SFXn. SFXn has a good top LCD display which lights up. 1:4000 shutter speed.
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My SF1 works fine with the 35 and 50.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
The camera you choose has to support either P or Tv mode (i.e. A series or newer). Also, if the camera doesn't offer electronic aperture control via the body, you won't be able to manually set the aperture since the lens has no aperture ring.

The PZ-1/Z-1 would be a good example of a fully-featured film body that I'd recommend.

See:
Pentax Autofocus Film SLRs - Pentax Pentax Film Cameras - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications
Pentax Manual Focus Film SLRs - Pentax Pentax Film Cameras - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications
That would be my choice too
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Received a Z-1 recently, can't say enough about it. I would like a MZ-S but there are a lot of things I'd like
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