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05-24-2010, 05:25 PM   #1
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Most compatible film body?

What is the most compatible film body with today's assortment of lenses and flashes? Do any of them support SDM? How about P-TTL?

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05-24-2010, 06:12 PM   #2
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My usual film/digital pair is the K10D and PZ-1. They both act the same in all comparable shooting modes, the controls are similarly laid out, and the PZ-1 allows you to set apertures for Av shooting from a rear thumb wheel just like the digitals. I do not know of any Pentax film camera that supports SDM, and I think they all use traditional TTL, but the newer flashes that support P-TTL are fully functional with traditional TTL bodies. The important caveat is that I have no experience with the MZ/ZX bodies or *ist, that may prove me wrong. I believe some of those bodies have provisions for setting the aperture as well.

Bottom line: I'm 90% sure there is no SDM compatibility, but the Pentax flashes are all backwards compatible.
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The PZ-1 and MZ-S support it all. TTL (> PTTL), power zoom, P, Tv, Av, M. Not SDM, though, but this doesn't matter, since SDM lenses are digital-only at the moment. The ZX-5n supports everything save power zoom, and is essentially an upgraded version of the Super Program.

From the manual, focus era, the Super Program and a few others are also quite compatible, although NOT all cameras support TTL flash.

See this chart, made by me and Ole, for more details: The Pentax Camera Lens Compatibility Chart
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The ZX-5n supports everything save power zoom, and is essentially an upgraded version of the Super Program.
I believe the ZX-5n doesn't do Av with DA and FAJ lenses.

I recommend the ZX-L, MZ-L, MZ-6. Supports all modes with K, M, A, F, FA, FAJ, ,and DA lenses and support wireless P-TTL, HS Sync, Trailing Shutter Sync, etc. with the AF360fgz flash.


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The MZ-7 does it as well, and I think the 3
KAF2 mount Z/PZ-series, MZ-S, MZ-3, MZ-5n/ZX-5n,
MZ-5/ZX-5, MZ-10/ZX-10 SMC-FA

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