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08-21-2016, 11:15 AM   #1
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ZX-5 for Sports

Hello everyone, quick question for you all.
I have been shooting motorcycle roadracing in digital form for many years. Some of us photographers have decided we are going to shoot this next weekend old school in film (we all have SLR Film Cameras). I have a couple Pentax ZX-5 and battery grips. Do you think this is a wise choice or is there another 35mm that might do a better job at this? I will be shooting with Kodak TRI-X 400 film.

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Depends on the burst rate you need and AF speed. Also top shutter speed if that is important.

Looks like pretty much the entire ZX/MZ series does 2fps...the MZ-S does 2.5fps. Looks like the Z-1p/PZ-1p does 4fps. If burst rate is important to you. I shoot mostly portraiture, so when I owned my ZX-L and MZ-S I really didn't pay attention to burst rate or how fast the AF was.

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Well, I'm thinking I will basically pre-focus on a certain spot and shoot them in that spot. I'm thinking (hoping) the camera will be focused close enough that would won't be a huge amount of focusing to be done.
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Unless you're changing your position a lot, I wouldn't think AF speed would be a big deal, as long as the lens you bring doesn't hunt. So I wouldn't bring, say, my DA 35 2.4 to this, because that thing love to run from one end to the other end of its focus length before locking in.

MF and stopped down should make the AF speed moot.

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ZX-5 will be fine. Just work with it's limitations.

If you really wanted to go old school, take a Spotmatic! Frame rate, exposure and focus up to you! That will separate the men from the boys! :-)
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Thanks everyone, Spotmatic wouldn't work for me. I have a hard time manually focusing with my eyes. So at least focus must be auto.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jbrowning Quote
Thanks everyone, Spotmatic wouldn't work for me. I have a hard time manually focusing with my eyes. So at least focus must be auto.

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Plus the MZ ZX series have diopter adjustment.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pres589 Quote
Unless you're changing your position a lot, I wouldn't think AF speed would be a big deal, as long as the lens you bring doesn't hunt. So I wouldn't bring, say, my DA 35 2.4 to this, because that thing love to run from one end to the other end of its focus length before locking in.
I've had the exact opposite experience with the DA 35 2.4. That lens is very quick-focusing for me.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jbrowning Quote
Thanks everyone, Spotmatic wouldn't work for me. I have a hard time manually focusing with my eyes. So at least focus must be auto.

Jim
I've shot F1 races with my KX and K135/3.5 manual focus lens. You just need to pre-focus/meter on a spot on the track and when the car arrives press the shutter.

Works like a charm with a bit of practice.

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I agree, autofocus can be a hindrance shooting sports. But use the Pentax ZX-5 if that's what you have.

I'd probably borrow my wife's Pentax MX with Winder MX because it's currently our only motorized rig.
I recently bought a very nice Nikon FE from Japan. The MD-12 is tempting; it's cheap now, and fast...

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