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12-20-2012, 03:30 AM   #1
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Which film body for me?

Hey all,

I have a K-30 with a nice collection of current Pentax mount lenses (specifically, 18-55mm WR, 35mm F2.4, FA 50mm F1.7, DA 70mm F2.4, Samyang 85mm F1.4, DFA 100mm WR Macro, Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 and the DA*300mm F4). I want to try a film body as well but am uncertain which to choose. I would like it to be an AF body and it would have to be able to use DA lenses that don't have the aperture ring. If it could drive my DA*300 on screw drive that much better

I've done some digging and came down to the Z-1(p) when looking at price/performance ratios. Would you recommend a different body to that one? If so, which one?

12-20-2012, 04:45 AM   #2
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first of all, any of the SF / PZ / MZ / ZX series body will work except the MZ-M.

Second, only the 18-55 will show significant vigneting between 18 to 24mm.

Third, no film body handle SDM lens, meaning that the DA*300 will be screw driven.

The PZ-1P is one of the best contender with the MZ-S but both are expensive usually.

If you look for a cheap body, you can try a MZ-10/30/50/5n there is plenty of them on the web.

If you want to use normal AA battery, then go for MZ body with the FG battery pack.
12-20-2012, 12:27 PM   #3
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The PZ-1/Z-1 is usually a fair bit less expensive than the PZ-1p/Z-1p. They are nearly identical in specs. The PZ-1p/Z-1p has a faster frame rate, MLU w/timer, panorama?,User mode, maybe a few other things.

If you want the most features for the least money to see if you'll like film, check out the MZ-7/ZX-7, or MZ-6/ZX-L/MZ-L. The MZ/ZX series do have issues with a gear that lifts the mirror, but the ZX-7/MZ-7 can be found for under $20 and is one of the few bodies that give Av mode with DA lenses.
12-20-2012, 12:33 PM   #4
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The PZ-1p is a good option for autofocus. It's built well, focuses fast and has the best specs for any Pentax film camera. The downsides are it's big and the batteries are a little pricey. I also like the *ist, but they aren't common.

I have an extra PZ-1p if you're interested.

12-21-2012, 12:54 AM   #5
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Thank you all for the replies. I know a little more now what to look at.
@builttospill: thanks for the kind offer, but I'm in Europe so you would have to send the body overseas and that might probably add up to the costs?
01-11-2013, 12:14 PM   #6
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I think it depends on whether you care about use of manual or aperture-priority mode with your lenses that don't include an aperture ring -- which is most of your lenses. If this matters to you, you'd probably want a Z/PZ-series body, or MZ/ZX -6, -7, or -L.

The MZ-S and MZ/ZX -S, -3, -5 require the lens to have aperture ring for manual or aperture priority mode as they don't have any way to control aperture manually from the body. Without this capablity, you're limited to Program or shutter-priority.
01-11-2013, 02:19 PM   #7
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I own a MZ5n and just last night picked up a MZ7 to try out. Although overall I think I like the layout of the MZ5n better the 7 is much easier to operate with DA lenses, allowing full control of the aperture. The MZ7 is inexpensive, try to find one and enjoy shooting film

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