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09-25-2007, 12:28 PM   #1
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Film Autofocus

Hi years ago I was into film photography till my eyes starting have a hard time focusing. Just recently I got the Pentax DL and am having a blast with it. I am wondering. Is there any Pentax 35mm film cameras out there that have the auto focus and lenses that would go with that camera with auto focus?

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09-25-2007, 04:25 PM   #2
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Hi Jim
Look for MZ-S (expensive), MZ-3 (hard to find), MZ-5n or MZ-5 if you like small-sized camera bodies. Otherwise have a look at PZ-1p or PZ-1. Your lenses (from your signature) should all wok with the bodies I mentioned above.

I have got MZ-5 myself and I am very happy. But I would suggest getting MZ-5n if you could find one instead of the MZ-5.

Have a look at this website:
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09-25-2007, 11:40 PM   #3
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PZ-1P has my vote
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pz-1p for me!

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Thanks for the suggestions. It sure does get my mind going. I mind look into getting a film camera next year and see how I like it compared to my digital.

Thanks again
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The Z-1P was a Pro spec'd camera, and prices seem very decent for it used. It is a big chunk though.
MZ-S is expensive, and people don't seem to wanna give 'em up.

MZ-5n / ZX-5n are excellent small size AF cameras.
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I guess you can add me to the PZ-1 band wagon. Great camera, and from a features and control point of view, very similar to *istD and K10D.

Except for my Sigma 10-20mm, which is a digital only lens, and I am not sure of the amount of coverage it will give on the 36 x 24 mm frame of the PZ-1, everything else I own works with all 3 of these bodies flawlesly. It makes a great back up in the event that both my DSLRs die.

In addition, it has a couple of specific features that make it unique. The shutter is 1/8000s and this results in a full frame flash sync of 1/250th.
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MZ-3

I have just acquired an MZ-3 in mint condition (plus an FA 28-70mm F/4 zoom lens, a Vivitar x2 converter and a dedicated soft bag). It looks beautiful, has easy-to-understand controls and auto-focus (that was the question ). It is lightweight (much lighter than my K100D). Max shutter speed is 1/4000; flash sync is at 1/125.

It allows you to select the area (smaller or larger) scanned by the autofocus sensor(s). It also allows you to shoot 36 consecutive shots within less than 20 seconds with just a single press! I am going to like it very much!!! Also, as Lowell Goudge remarked, it is a great backup for my digital...


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The obvious answer is an *ist (35mm). Is there no love for this model?

(Admittedly, I love my MZ-M and for autofocus would probably go for an MZ-5 myself.)
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QuoteOriginally posted by filmamigo Quote
The obvious answer is an *ist (35mm). Is there no love for this model?

(Admittedly, I love my MZ-M and for autofocus would probably go for an MZ-5 myself.)
There's a few of us :-)

Small, lite, and nicely made. Mount a short prime and it fits in your pocket. The battery Grip increases it's size for larger hands. I shoot mine with the Fa 28 and carry it as a spare when I have long glass on my other bodies. it's a crippled K mount but with an AF lens, who cares.
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Pentax Film Autofocus Cameras

I have a Pentax SF-1, from about 1991. It was Pentax' first real autofocus camera, after the one-off ME-F, which only did AF with one very special lens. The SF-1 is built like the proverbial tank. For a short time, I had a ZX-60, which weighed about half as much.

The SF-1 and its variants and successors, SF-10, SF-1n, SF-X and SF-7, show up on ebay frequently and are relatively affordable. I got mine for about $30 without a lens. I later got a Tamron 28-200mm zoom for it. The SF-1 is a heavy-weight, with an all-metal body.

In fact, most Pentax cameras after 1991, except the ZX-M (MZ-M outside the US) were autofocus.

So, if you're looking for a Pentax film autofocus camera, look for any camera in the SF, PZ, ZX or MZ series. Someone else mentioned, the *ist (not the *istD) which, along with the ZX-60 and the ZX-M, were the last Pentax film SLR's made.

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10-20-2007, 02:18 PM   #12
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What about PTTL flash (FGZ-540)? Can I use it as wireless flash with an analog Pentax camera?
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What about PTTL flash (FGZ-540)? Can I use it as wireless flash with an analog Pentax camera?
Yes

It works in P-TTL, TTL and auto flash modes
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QuoteOriginally posted by noblepa Quote
I have a Pentax SF-1, from about 1991. It was Pentax' first real autofocus camera, after the one-off ME-F, which only did AF with one very special lens. The SF-1 is built like the proverbial tank. For a short time, I had a ZX-60, which weighed about half as much.

The SF-1 and its variants and successors, SF-10, SF-1n, SF-X and SF-7, show up on ebay frequently and are relatively affordable. I got mine for about $30 without a lens. I later got a Tamron 28-200mm zoom for it. The SF-1 is a heavy-weight, with an all-metal body.

In fact, most Pentax cameras after 1991, except the ZX-M (MZ-M outside the US) were autofocus.

So, if you're looking for a Pentax film autofocus camera, look for any camera in the SF, PZ, ZX or MZ series. Someone else mentioned, the *ist (not the *istD) which, along with the ZX-60 and the ZX-M, were the last Pentax film SLR's made.

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I have a zx-m, and that camera rocks, especially for the price. AF has been nothing but a joy for me.
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I love my *ist film, mainly because it handles just like my K100D except that it uses film. It seems to autofocus a lot better than my K100D, especially in low light. It uses the same accessories as my K100D too, but, unfortunately, the mount is also crippled.
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