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07-16-2008, 08:38 AM   #1
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MZ-7 mode dial light?

I have a question for anyone with an MZ-7 / ZX-7.

Does the mode dial light up for EVERY selection?

Mine lights up for auto modes (AUTO PICT, smiley, portrait, landscape, closeup, sports and night portrait.)

It DOES NOT light up when choosing the manual/options (Tv, Av, M, ISO or beep).

Should it? Do I have a burned out lamp?

Also, the illumination of the internal display seems to change sometimes. Does it have an auto-brightness? Or should I be concerned?

Thanks for any input.

Dave

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I saw a presentation for it on one of the Pentax websites (can't remember which, sadly); and I did see only the scene modes lighting up.
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I have a ZX-7 . It does the same thing .

The manual should have a thing or two on it . I don't have it with me at this present time . But you should not be worried : if you're looking at a bright view , the number will appear darker .

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Found iiit!

Here it is > MZ-6 : 35mm SLR Cameras : PENTAX

If you're too lazy to click the link, here's the picture:

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OK great, thanks all!

I actually read through the entire manual, and I couldn't find it discussed.

I have a warranty on the MZ-7, so I want to make sure it's acting right.

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Dave;

You don't have any lamps burned out. It only lights for the upper half of the dial. Nothing in the manual or semi-manual modes. I guess some corners got cut.
Dave....
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It is in the manual
it even says that if you do not want this you have to put the camera in the "beep" mode and then take the batteries out
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QuoteOriginally posted by dgmaley Quote
Dave;

You don't have any lamps burned out. It only lights for the upper half of the dial. Nothing in the manual or semi-manual modes. I guess some corners got cut.
Dave....
Not sure what the point of having the other modes illuminated is, anyway. The reason it illuminates them is that when in Auto mode it will illuminate the one that is automatically selected. Even that is a bit of a gimmick--doesn't it show the active mode in the viewfinder as well?

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ZX7 did have issues with the LCD. Not well thought out. coastx/14 March 2011
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