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07-26-2010, 06:47 AM   #1
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Used MZ-5n?

Hi everyone,

I'm considering purchasing a used Mz-5N. The purpose of getting a film camera is to supplement my digital workflow with another option or an extra backup. Film seems to have this "look" about it that digital still can't match (although its getting better!).

For those who owned the MZ-5n:

1) Are they durable? Can they withstand professional use? Or should I be maybe looking at a Nikon FXXX series?

2) If they do break (being plastic and all), who fixes them? Does Pentax still fix film cameras?

Thanks folks!

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The MZ/ZX-5n is a very nice camera, but not one you'll want to use professionally. It's a bit old-fashioned in the sense that you have to use the aperture ring and shutter speed knob rather than e-dials. It's also nowhere near as durable as the PZ-1 or MZ-S.

For professional use, I'd recommend either the MZ-S, PZ-1, or LX (if you can afford to take your time in the studio).

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Call me old-fashioned, but pros from my day wouldn't be caught dead using "e-dials" nor any automatic features.
The ZX5, ZX5N and MZ3 were designed especially for us old farts who prefer conventional "classic" SLR controls.

But a Pentax repair specialist I know agrees that none of the ZX/MZ series cameras are made to Pentax pro standards.
I recommend you look instead at the Pentax PZ1P. It's sturdy, reliable and similar in operation to your Pentax DSLR.

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You can get an LX for the price of a MZ-S. Pro build, pro features, very repairable.


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FWIW nice used PZ1P bodies are selling for around $100 at keh.com lately...

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
Call me old-fashioned, but pros from my day wouldn't be caught dead using "e-dials" nor any automatic features.
The ZX5, ZX5N and ZX3 were designed especially for us old farts who prefer conventional "classic" SLR controls.

But a Pentax repair specialist I know agrees that none of the ZX/MZ series cameras are made to Pentax pro standards.
I recommend you look instead at the Pentax PZ1P. It's sturdy, reliable and similar in operation to your Pentax DSLR.

Chris
QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
FWIW nice used PZ1P bodies are selling for around $100 at keh.com lately...

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+1 for the PZ-1P. I have used the PZ-1 for years and love how it interfaces exactly like my K10D (until I take a shot and look at the back of a film camera to see it )
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consensus seems to point to the PZ-1p. I handled it today and it's a pretty decent camera. Albeit a bit more expensive!
The problem is the rewind noise. I currently have an SF1n and a P5. The Pentax P5 has a clanky shutter, but it's manual rewind noise makes it very quiet.
The SF1n on the other hand... sounds like a tank rolling through a city street. hahaha.
I know the MZ-5n is pretty good for noise. But what about rewind noise? I heard the PZ-1p is ridiculously loud for rewind noise.
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