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03-15-2008, 08:44 PM   #16
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In my opinion the only "pro" 35mm camera that pentax ever made (ie. a model that could go toe to toe with the top models put out from the other camera makers) was the LX. It was Pentax's answer to the Nikon F family and the Canon F1 line (all three were true system cameras). As much as I like the MX and KX they are not in the same league as the LX (as far as build and features are concerned).

If you want an AF camera, the PZ-1p and MZ-s were the top of the pentax heap - both are very good cameras (and VERY different), but both were IMHO outclassed by the best 35mm cameras from the the canon/nikon camp (by this point in time Pentax seemed to have dropped out of the pro camera "arms race" and instead tried to woo the advanced amateurs).

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Talking about film bodies... I'm also interested in that, but I would not go to PRO bodies.
I was thinking of MZ series. What's the difference between MZ-50, MZ-60, MZ-30, MZ-7 etc?
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QuoteOriginally posted by falconeye Quote
I don't get it.

Isn't the "Pentax *ist" the only film camera able to make use of DA lenses? So, for somebody seriously interested into film alongside digital, that's about the only and best film body.
My ZX-L (MZ-6) will operate the aperture of the DA lenses.

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Though most DA lenses won't cover the whole 35mm frame, this site says that 40mm limited DA will cover said film frame: The Pentax Camera Lens Compatibility Chart .

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Can I use my Pentax-M lenses with MZ-7 body?

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Yes, apart from the usual restrictions: no P and Tv mode, center weighted metering only (or spot if available, not on MZ-7).

Bottom line: MZ-S/3/5/6/7/10/M metering functionality with K or M lenses would be equivalent to ME Super, unlike digital bodies where M mode required AE-L and Av mode works only at max aperture.
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QuoteOriginally posted by falconeye Quote
I don't get it.

Isn't the "Pentax *ist" the only film camera able to make use of DA lenses? So, for somebody seriously interested into film alongside digital, that's about the only and best film body.
You misunderstand. The OP asked about the best film body and, secondarily, FA* lenses. The *ist is a film body that can also use these lenses, but it is not as nice a camera, feature-wise, as some others.

DA lenses are meant for the smaller sensor in Pentax's DSLRs. The smaller image circle and lack of an aperture ring mean most DA lenses will not work well on any film body, including the *ist.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentagor Quote
Talking about film bodies... I'm also interested in that, but I would not go to PRO bodies.
I was thinking of MZ series. What's the difference between MZ-50, MZ-60, MZ-30, MZ-7 etc?
In a nutshell, this list explains it all.
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Thanks for that!

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Sorry to be late to the discussion, bit I've got to cast another vote for the LX. Although, I looked at a recent roll of Provia out of my SPF and was just blown away by the results I got.

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what does kaf2 refer to?? da lenses???
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what does kaf2 refer to?? da lenses???
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The KAF2 lens mount has two extra contacts inside the mount. They were originally created to control power zoom lenses. The K10D, K100D Super and K2*D now use them as the SDM power contacts for the in lens focusing motors.
03-17-2008, 02:44 PM   #27
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Wow, did I ever open a can of worms here! Thanks all (again) for espousing the virtues of the different film bodies. Though I am not in the market for any such camera, the need to know persists. Perhaps one day I'll have a film body again...
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One last thing with the LX, it works very well with batteries, but works 90% without the batteries which has saved the day for me more than once.

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I know I'm late, but what the heck? I can only speak for the non-autofocus cameras, so here's another vote for the LX, followed closely by the K2, then the MX.
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I think the LX was without a doubt Pentax's finest camera. It definitely matched up pretty well toe to toe with the Canon and Nikon pro level bodies of its time, which is a standard not met by anything that followed. I'm the proud owner of two, both purchased new.
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