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03-13-2010, 01:53 PM   #1
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Considering my lenses (see signature), what's a good recommendation for a film body? The only consideration is price really - like to under $100. The less the better. I realize that the DA15 and DA18-55 will not cover the full frame, but besides that, I believe I will be OK (at least from my forum searches).

It seems as if any of the PZ's will work, though I am not too thrilled with the pentamirror finder. I suppose for something that will see light use, it's not too big of a deal. The SF series could work - if I could get past the look of it. Any ideas?

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QuoteOriginally posted by joeyc Quote
Considering my lenses (see signature), what's a good recommendation for a film body? The only consideration is price really - like to under $100. The less the better. I realize that the DA15 and DA18-55 will not cover the full frame, but besides that, I believe I will be OK (at least from my forum searches).

It seems as if any of the PZ's will work, though I am not too thrilled with the pentamirror finder. I suppose for something that will see light use, it's not too big of a deal. The SF series could work - if I could get past the look of it. Any ideas?
I bought a ZX-L for that purpose. It was dirt cheap and has worked perfectly. The DA15 on film is very interesting. I've posted a few shots. It is a fisheye circle with rectilinear rendering. I don't think I'd spend much more than the 50 bucks or so I spent on a body for that purpose only.
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I went with an MZ-5n because it has shutter priority, AE lock, an exposure compensation dial, and an easy to find AA battery grip (my grip cost less than a single CR2). It works quite well with DA series lenses in the program and shutter priority modes.

The other mid level MZ/ZX series bodies would also be worth looking at. The gear on the mirror return motor is prone to failure, so check to make sure a body functions before buying it.

The SuperProgram also offers shutter priority so that would be another alternative to the cameras you are considering.
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I have a MZ-6, which I bought for $85.00... including the grip which will save me $ in the battery department eventually.

Plus a PZ-20, which I got for $35.00. There's no grip available, and the batteries are rather pricey However its a good camera otherwise.

They both treat me good, will work most AF lenses, and I can't complain about either of them.
I'd recommend either one.

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My ZX-7 seems fine. I don't know whether it has a pentamirror, but the viewfinder seems fine apart from lacking a split image focus screen.
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QuoteOriginally posted by joeyc Quote
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It seems as if any of the PZ's will work, though I am not too thrilled with the pentamirror finder.. . .
The PZ-1p and PZ-1 have Pentaprism finders.
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+1 for PZ-1. Same interface as the digital bodies, pentaprism finder, and there are two PZ-1's on eBay for under $100 right now.
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The PZ1 or any of the MZ/ZX single digit cameras (5, 5n, 6,7,L) will work great.
I the ZX7 the panorama switch helps a lot with the wide digitals by elimnating vignetting

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I had in the past the ZX-7, ZX-30 and currently have SF1, SF10 and ZX-10 with grip. The ZX-7 is a very nice modern camera.

The SF series look is not the best but it is very good camera. It is a workhorse and will last for decades. The SF1/SF10 looks better with a F lens attached IMO.
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I appreciate all the responses - thanks everyone! I believe the ZX/MZ-3/5/5n probably tops my 'want' list. Looks great, uses a battery grip, has dials... I will be keeping an eye out for one of them. In the interim, I actually just picked up a 'like new' K1000. Obviously all manual, but that's OK - reminds me a little of my Bessa R2 I stupidly sold. For the price I can't complain and once I sell the M501.7 that came with it, it will be an even better deal.

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I would go PZ-1. The pentaprism finder, 1/8000 Shutter speed and 1/250 sync, plus full autofocus/auto aperture support win it for me.

Mine will get here soon. I got it for $85 on eBay.

I also like the *ist....very lightweight and works great with DA and FA J lenses. requires an A setting if you have an aperture ring though. I paid $120 for mine.
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Someone here in the "sales" forum has a very nice and clean MZ5n you better buy because i've been eyeing it for awhile now but i'm on an M42 crusade
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I've just put my Z-70 up in the marketplace. I'm hoping to get an AF Canon kit lens in trade for it.

It's a nice camera, I just prefer the older MF bodies.
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Someone here in the "sales" forum has a very nice and clean MZ5n you better buy because i've been eyeing it for awhile now but i'm on an M42 crusade
So I shouldn't tempt you with my MZ-5n with a battery grip and cable release and local pickup
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So I shouldn't tempt you with my MZ-5n with a battery grip and cable release and local pickup
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