Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
10-16-2012, 09:27 AM   #1
Senior Member




Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 161
MZ-S questions

Some questions about this camera:

- I would like to know how the viewfinder compares to the LX, or KX, or ME Super. In brightness and magnification, and then in what results from the two.

- Then, I would like to know if the ael lock is easy to use. Let's say you've got a face at 2 meters (78 inch), and you want to single it out and lock the exposure value . . . is that easy to do? (I looked at its manual, spotmetering etc. but wasn't sure here. . .)

- Last, a strange question: suppose I use an old lens on this camera, a Zeiss Ultron 50mm using an adapter. I know I would lose autofocus. What happens to the metering? On a LX the lens is wide open no matter which aperture you set. One needs to push a lever to stop it down: the finder gets darker and the exposure value is adjusted accordingly. Will this happen with the MZ-S as well?

Thanks !

10-16-2012, 12:54 PM   #2
Pentaxian
unixrevolution's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Waldorf, MD
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,858
QuoteOriginally posted by Hilo Quote
Some questions about this camera:

- I would like to know how the viewfinder compares to the LX, or KX, or ME Super. In brightness and magnification, and then in what results from the two.

- Then, I would like to know if the ael lock is easy to use. Let's say you've got a face at 2 meters (78 inch), and you want to single it out and lock the exposure value . . . is that easy to do? (I looked at its manual, spotmetering etc. but wasn't sure here. . .)

- Last, a strange question: suppose I use an old lens on this camera, a Zeiss Ultron 50mm using an adapter. I know I would lose autofocus. What happens to the metering? On a LX the lens is wide open no matter which aperture you set. One needs to push a lever to stop it down: the finder gets darker and the exposure value is adjusted accordingly. Will this happen with the MZ-S as well?

Thanks !
I can't answer the first two, as I've never used an MZ-S, but the third I think I can. What is the native mount of your Zeiss Ultron?

Most K-mount lenses will not stop down when metering, even if you change the ring setting, but will only stop down when using Aperture Preview or during the actual exposure itself. Mount your lens, stopped down, on the LX and fire it off at F/16 looking at the aperture. Did the blades move? if so, you're doing Open-aperture focusing. Will changing the F/stop change the shutter speed? If yes, your lens is metering properly to.

Whatever the behaviour there, the MZ-S will treat it the same way.
10-17-2012, 04:18 AM   #3
Senior Member




Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 161
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by unixrevolution Quote
I can't answer the first two, as I've never used an MZ-S, but the third I think I can. What is the native mount of your Zeiss Ultron?

Most K-mount lenses will not stop down when metering, even if you change the ring setting, but will only stop down when using Aperture Preview or during the actual exposure itself. Mount your lens, stopped down, on the LX and fire it off at F/16 looking at the aperture. Did the blades move? if so, you're doing Open-aperture focusing. Will changing the F/stop change the shutter speed? If yes, your lens is metering properly to.

Whatever the behaviour there, the MZ-S will treat it the same way.
Thanks !

The Zeiss Ultron 50/1.8 has a M-42 mount, so I use the adapter for the LX ( Carl Zeiss 50mm F1.8 Ultron Lens Reviews - Carl Zeiss Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database ). It has no open-aperture metering, I manually close the lens to the set aperture, by pushing up this lever on the lens and holding it up while shooting. This works fine for me. When I close the lens like that, the metering follows flawlessly . . . I have shot images with this lens on the LX and ME Super, everything came out just fine.

I expected the lightmeter of the MZ-S to behave like the LX.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, exposure, lens, lx, mz-s, questions, value
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
K5 questions Sifu Pentax K-5 8 01-10-2011 09:56 AM
New Kx questions BirdDude007 Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 12-16-2010 07:49 AM
Pentax MZ-S questions darekj Pentax Film SLR Discussion 3 12-05-2009 10:26 PM
Looking for a film body, lots of questions! PaddyB Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11 06-18-2009 01:08 PM
Metering with M/K Lenses On The MZ-50/ZX-50 (and other questions) lithos Pentax Film SLR Discussion 3 09-04-2008 10:04 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:51 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top