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02-09-2011, 08:44 AM   #1
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Two big questions?

Hi!

I know you guys have helped me out a lot of times. Now I have two questions i hope someone can answer.

1. Does Pentax have any Flag-ship SLR autofokus-camera around? I looking like crazy in the camera data-base but i can't find anything.
We had the Pentax LX as a flagship on the manual fokus line. Now we have k-5, but autofokus SLR?
(I looking for a weather-resistant travel-mate that can produce good shots) just like an old time k-5, but in the modern segment. Where shall i look?

2. Is it possible to use a Pentax FA-lens on a Pentax ME, and in this case. What will happen?
(my plan to bring a very small and light camera, pentax me seamed like a good idea. But the M-lens pancake is not very good and i would love to use some of the FA-alternatives instead. With a handhold meter, i will shot manual so exposure is no problem.

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02-09-2011, 09:10 AM   #2
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There's the MZ-S, the MZ-5/5n, and the MZ-6/MZ-L/ZX-L:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-autofocus-film-slr-camera-reviews/...ntax-mz-s.html
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-autofocus-film-slr-camera-reviews/...-5n-zx-5n.html
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-autofocus-film-slr-camera-reviews/...mz-l-zx-l.html


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FA lenses, or any that have an aperture ring, will work fine on a ME, as you can set aperture on the lens.

Lenses without aperture ring will remain wide open - you'd need a Program camera to work with these in at least Program mode.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
There's the MZ-S, the MZ-5/5n, and the MZ-6/MZ-L/ZX-L:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-autofocus-film-slr-camera-reviews/...ntax-mz-s.html
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-autofocus-film-slr-camera-reviews/...-5n-zx-5n.html
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-autofocus-film-slr-camera-reviews/...mz-l-zx-l.html


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FA lenses, or any that have an aperture ring, will work fine on a ME, as you can set aperture on the lens.

Lenses without aperture ring will remain wide open - you'd need a Program camera to work with these in at least Program mode.
Thank you so much for taking time to respond my questions!

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If my memory serves me right the Pz-1p and the MZ-s were the flagships in the 90s.
The PZ1p was really cool with the power zoom lenses and such.

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Hi Eric, first of all I really liked your portfolio a lot.

Like Jussi said those 3 are your best choices. In theory there's also the MZ-3 (which is an MZ-5n with 1/4000 top speed) but those are quite rare and expensive.

Here's a topic I found very useful regarding these 3 SLRs: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-film-slr-discussion/44525-hands-co...6-vs-mz-s.html

Now, the choice between these 3 comes down to your needs and financial possibilities.
- The MZ-S is rather expensive but it has some nice features like 1/6000s shutter speed and exposure details imprinted on the top of the film, to name just a couple.
- The MZ-5n has a pentaprism and really nice classic controls, but only 1/2000s top shutter speed.
- The MZ-6 has a pentamirror instead of a pentaprism, 1/4000s top speed, and pretty useless presets. It's most important advantage is the ability to control the aperture from the body (for the other 2 you'll need lenses with aperture ring to control the aperture) which means you can fully use DA and FAJ lenses.
As far as I know none of these are weather sealed but the MZ-6 and MZ-5n are not that expensive to worry. I only own the MZ-6 for now but it's really nice. I was amazed how small and light it is, even with a grip and 4AA batteries. Quite silent too and has many nice features.
I also like it because I can fully use it with my DA40 limited lens. This is a nice small package and in my opinion a better option than an ME. It's lighter and you can use the autofocus of the FA lenses as well.
I'll probably end up buying an MZ-5n as well because I love the looks and controls so much.

I hope this helps.

Cheers,
Andrei
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if you are looking for the ‘King of the Hill’ so to speak, then the MZ-S sits at the top all proud and lonely. the PZ-1P is a great camera that has some unique features and several models can make a list as shown above, but the MZ-S is the only true comparison as a ‘Flagship’ model against the LX and the new K-5.

and as for your second question, your FA lenses will work just like any other K, M or A series lens on your ME. so yes, you are good to go.
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