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09-22-2011, 12:27 PM   #1
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Need a new film body

My MX is OK, but issues are starting to crop up, and I don't feel like dealing with them right now. I'm generally happy shooting my Nikon F100...it's solid, dependable, and has become my go-to body. But I can't mount the FA77 to it, so I want another Pentax body. I've got an ME Super, too, but I want something a little newer, and I would prefer it be something inexpensive, so looking for recommendations.

I will be focusing manually, but an autofocus body would be fine, too, if it fits the bill. Main requirement: it has to mount not only the FA77, but also the Zeiss 35/2 (I'm not sure exactly where that mount fits in...?). Mounting M lenses would be cool, but not required. I'd really love something that rewound the film automatically, like the F100 does....better yet with an option to leave a bit of leader out, like the F4 does (is there any Pentax that does that?). Adjustable diopter would be nice, too.

Anything come to mind?

09-22-2011, 12:39 PM   #2
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PZ-1 or PZ-1p? 1/250 flash sync, 1/8000 shutter speed. It's the series that introduced the FA. The mount is not crippled so you can use M lenses. You should be able to get one for $100 or less.

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09-22-2011, 12:47 PM   #3
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Sounds good, thanks. What's the difference between the PZ and the Z? And between having or not having the little p at the end of the name?
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No real difference between the z and PZ. The Z was sold in the US? and the PZ elsewhere or something like that. The little p stands for panoramic mode. That's where the shutter is closed in a bit to give a panoramic look to the 35mm image. It's funky. There is a lot of info on Pentax bodies and lenses here: Welcome to Bojidar Dimitrov's Pentax K-Mount Page

I will also say that there is a difference in functioning between the PZ-1 and PZ-1p menus too ( found that out in a quest for spare parts on my PZ-1p). If you are interested in a PZ-1p body PM me on that. I have a spare, boriscleto a bit under estimated the price of these though.

Oh, and it's a great camera for sure.

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QuoteOriginally posted by blackcloudbrew Quote
boriscleto a bit under estimated the price of these though.
On the PZ-1p maybe, but check out the completed listings on ebay. A PZ-1 sold for $75 and a PZ-1p sold for $150. A PZ-1 with a FA100-300, FA28-105, AF500FTZ flash, and other extras sold for $150. Another PZ-1p failed to meet its reserve (Buy it now for $199) and a PZ-1 failed to sell for $100.
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something a bit cheaper - maybe - Pentax MZ-6/MZ-L/ZX-L
my recollection is that there is an option to leave the leader out on rewind, but I don't have the camera or manual handy...
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If you have a nice budget, the MZ-S is one of the best camera's Pentax have made. Probably the best AF camera from the film era
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QuoteOriginally posted by Macario Quote
If you have a nice budget, the MZ-S is one of the best camera's Pentax have made. Probably the best AF camera from the film era
But if you're going to drop $400-500 on a film body why not the LX?

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There are currently a couple of Pentax PZ-1P (aka Z-1P) bodies for sale in the PentaxForums Marketplace.
IMO it's worth spending extra for the PZ-1P over the PZ-1 for the improved exposure meter display alone.

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PZ-1 was introduced in 1991 and MZ-S, ZX-L in 2001. I would expect the electronic technology to advance quite a bit in ten years time span. I prefer the 3rd generation AF cameras such as ZX-5N, ZX-L and MZ-S, SF and PZ series are too heavy and bulky for me.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Still looking at other options, and I may pick up the PZ-1p eventually. But today I found a supposedly "near mint" P30t on eBay for $18, so I have that coming this week.
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My daughter had a P30 for her college work. It's quite an uninspiring looking thing (sat next to a brassy old MX which just has 'character'), but is very utilititarian in a 'does-what-it-says-on-the-tin' kind of a way.

These P30 / P50 bodies do offer great value at the prices they achieve on auctions.

I hope it lives up to your expectations.
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I also have a P30T body, and it is a very nice camera I must say. Only draw back is the 1/1000 top shutterspeed. Sometimes I wish it was a bit higher
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