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02-25-2021, 01:39 PM   #7666
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The Z-1p is just great, and it works with SDM lenses such as the FA*300. If I’m not mistaken this is made possible by the powerzoom contacts. That said, I almost never used AF on mine in the more than 10 years that it was my main camera.

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QuoteOriginally posted by tonyzoc Quote
That's the one right there... I'll take the Z-1p over any other AF Pentax film camera. I've got a ZX-5 and MZ-3...and I know the MZ-S is nice, but for $300 I can get 3 PZ-1p. It's a very reliable camera and better built than the MZ/ZX generation. The only breakage they're prone to I'd the pop-up flash plastic spring clip, and the edge of the bottle near the battery door cracking or chipping.
The Z-1p/Pz-1p have two more trouble spots which only show up on examples which see or have seen many rolls of film with much of it shot at a high frame rate. The first is failure of the Seiko shutter, second is mirror box gear failure. When I used my trio of Pz-1p bodies shooting much sports action, all three cameras suffered shutter failures. Thank goodness there was a four year extended factory warranty available. Two of three bodies repaired by Pentax had the shutter fail again, one in warranty and one well after. I believe these failures are the reason why Pentax never again offered a camera with flash sync of 1/250th, a feature I used heavily. The third body had a mirror box failure just months after its shutter repair. I had it repaired, but it failed again out of warranty.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Baard-Einar Quote

Which is your prefered autofocus film SLR?
I had a PZ-20 I loved, but I think I prefer the ZX-£

If only they weren’t so fragile... I wish I knew someone who could fix mine...

And I did use the power zoom stuff once on a paid job even

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QuoteOriginally posted by steamloco76 Quote
The Z-1p/Pz-1p have two more trouble spots which only show up on examples which see or have seen many rolls of film with much of it shot at a high frame rate. The first is failure of the Seiko shutter, second is mirror box gear failure. When I used my trio of Pz-1p bodies shooting much sports action, all three cameras suffered shutter failures. Thank goodness there was a four year extended factory warranty available. Two of three bodies repaired by Pentax had the shutter fail again, one in warranty and one well after. I believe these failures are the reason why Pentax never again offered a camera with flash sync of 1/250th, a feature I used heavily. The third body had a mirror box failure just months after its shutter repair. I had it repaired, but it failed again out of warranty.
I've been lucky with them I guess. I don't use them that heavily and I didn't buy one new so maybe the couple I own were already repaired at one time. I did have a ZX-5 new and it had a motor failure on the 2nd year that was fixed under an extended 5 yr warranty. I've picked up another ZX-5 and 5n latter on and both had issues, flash and motor gear. I also have an MZ-3 but so far no problem...though I expect it probably will have the motor gear issue eventually.



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QuoteOriginally posted by wkraus Quote
The Z-1p is just great, and it works with SDM lenses such as the FA*300
Z-1p can't use SDM lenses, FA* lenses don't have SDM, only certain DA* lenses have...
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QuoteOriginally posted by fs999 Quote
Z-1p can't use SDM lenses, FA* lenses don't have SDM, only certain DA* lenses have...
It seems to work with lenses that have the gear drive type of auto focus. I tried the DA*10-17mm, that worked, but the DA*55mm didn't work.
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I have two Z-1s (not the later P variant) and I like them, I'd say they're my favourite Pentax AF SLR though I've only been using them for around a year. Before that I'd say the SFXn as it feels good in the hand, goes to 1/4000s and can take AA batteries with the right grip. The AF always feels like it's struggling a bit though, as if it's all a bit too much work for the motor.

In other brands I like the Nikon F801s though I've only run a couple of rolls through mine. The Canon EOS 30 is also nice, though too light-weight.

I suspect there is no perfect AF film SLR, though from what I read the F6 is probably closest.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Baard-Einar Quote
It seems to work with lenses that have the gear drive type of auto focus. I tried the DA*10-17mm, that worked, but the DA*55mm didn't work.
That's not SDM and FA*300 don't have SDM as I said.
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QuoteOriginally posted by fs999 Quote
Z-1p can't use SDM lenses, FA* lenses don't have SDM, only certain DA* lenses have...
OK, so you caught me with several mistakes. I meant to write DA* 300 which is an SDM lens and works with the Z-1p; however, contrary to my – apparently unreliable – memory the Z-1p uses the screw drive AF to focus it. So the Powerzoom contacts probably don’t have anything to do with it.
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Lovely. I'm very fond of my ES.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wkraus Quote
So the Powerzoom contacts probably don’t have anything to do with it.
That would be a valid deduction.


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Back from its service, loaded with Tri-X and ready to roll...


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Back from its service, loaded with Tri-X and ready to roll...


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Gorgeous!


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