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02-16-2012, 07:29 AM   #1
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Testing my "new" ZX-10


I just acquired a ZX-10 and a ZX-7 from the marketplace. The ZX-10 was the first one to be tested. It looks like new. New batteries, my old FA 28-80, a roll of Kodak Gold 100 and off we go!

The roll was developed locally and I scanned the negatives at home. The weather was not cooperating as it has been raining hard for weeks.

"Studio shots" courtesy of my K100DS

This is supposed to be a "cheap" plastic mass market consumer camera. But I don't know why I like it so much. It is very competent and I found it surprisingly easy to use in either manual, semi-automated or automatic mode. With the exception of the sensor and LCD screen, it behaves just like an entry level first generation DSLR.
The panorama feature, which may seems like a "gimmick", turned out to be a refreshing and fun composition aid. I found myself using it more and more.

Here are some test shots: I wish the weather was a bit better but still, a fun experience.

Some distorsion at the wide end as expected. Easy to correct in PP but I left it as is for demo purposes.

And my favorite of the roll, using the panorama function:

I found the panorama function to be a lot of fun

I have not tested using flash nor hotshoe, nor using older lenses. But I plan to keep using it.
Thanks to another fellow forum member, an FG grip is on its way so I can use AAs.

Conclusion: NONE... I'm just having fun...


02-16-2012, 08:27 AM   #2
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As a bonus your new camera has a fully functional K-mount, so no restrictions with M and K lenses! Perhaps consider writing a review in our camera database?

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02-16-2012, 08:33 AM   #3
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Beautiful pictures! Nowadays people talked so much about FF DSLR. This ZX-10 is one of the indigenous full frame camera. Even though it is plasticky, it's amazingly light and a lot easier to operate than those metal behemoth.
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I'll use it a bit more and try to use all functions. I'd love to write a review for the database.
In the meantime, I'm coordinating a FILM only phototrip in my local club. Let's see how that goes.


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I'm very fond of the ZX-10; it was my first Pentax AF camera.... simple, small and light, and effective.

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