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08-14-2014, 10:35 AM   #1
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The stealthy MZ-S

One thing that is certain about using film cameras is that you draw attention to yourself. In family or public situations this can either be a drawback or benefit depending on what you want to do.

Sometimes you just want to not be terribly obvious, and I found out at a family gathering the other day that the Pentax MZ-S is easily confused for a digital camera :-)

The only person that knew I was shooting film was the two year old who wanted to see her picture on the back of it :-)

If I bring the LX, or Voigtlander attention is immediately drawn and its not always fun explaining (for the 12th time that day) why you are still shooting film.

On a side note, I saw my first canon full frame with a 50mm on it at a birthday party this weekend. Good Lord that thing is massive!!!! I was very happy with my tiny and non-attention drawing MZ-S F 50 1.7 combo.

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Can this camera work with DA 40 lens? (IT doesnt have aperture ring) I'm thinking about trying film again..
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QuoteOriginally posted by AldaCZ Quote
Can this camera work with DA 40 lens? (IT doesnt have aperture ring) I'm thinking about trying film again..
I know it works with bodies that can control aperture via body dial (MZ-6 and MZ-7) but to my knowledge, this doesnt include the MZ-S, CMIIW
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If you don't have an aperture ring, you have to shoot in full auto or shutter priority. I believe the DA40 is one of the digital lenses that will work with full frame bodies?

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As Jamey said, you can shoot in program mode or Tv on an MZ-S with a DA 40. I have done it with good results, although the edges vignette a bit.
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I just sold an MZ-S (I had tried it out to see whether it would help solve some visual acuity issues with manual focusing - that surgery has since corrected). I recall being somewhat confounded by the fact that Aperture Priority is dependent upon using the aperture ring on the lens. Now I know why FA Limiteds have an aperture ring.

Once I made that adjustment I was delighted with the camera - I just didn't use it enough to justify keeping it.
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@nick vingetting is cool :-) well... gentle ones are.... hard ones are nasty...
@monochrome you have the best username on the forums, love it!

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@monochrome you have the best username on the forums, love it!

Life is all shades of gray, right?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nick Siebers Quote
As Jamey said, you can shoot in program mode or Tv on an MZ-S with a DA 40. I have done it with good results, although the edges vignette a bit.
If you scan your film you can correct for some of this in post processing. It's ideal or perfect but it's something you can try.
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Agree re the stealth camera - the other extreme, an extremely obvious antique beast, also can work because people think it 'fun' and probably just assume you're nuts. WIth the fancier less ancient cameras, they have to check to see if we're nuts or not.
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I'm ok with people asking about my camera whether it's digital or film. It gets people talking about photography and that's good in my book.
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote

I just didn't use it enough to justify keeping it.
Silly argument. I have lots of cameras I don't use. Including an MZ-S...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jamey777 Quote
@nick vingetting is cool :-) well... gentle ones are.... hard ones are nasty...
@monochrome you have the best username on the forums, love it!
Yeah, the DA 40 on film does not give a bad vignette. It is there, but mild and I wouldn't notice unless looking for it.

I miss my MZ-S. What a great camera.
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Silly argument. I have lots of cameras I don't use. Including an MZ-S...
I know - but I have a capital allocation budget. And I want another Princess.



And I Kept the LX.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jamey777 Quote
One thing that is certain about using film cameras is that you draw attention to yourself.
Nah... The wildlife around here doesn't much care what type of camera I'm using. Nor do the mountains, oceans, rivers, insects, plants, or stars.
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