I Bought an MZ-6 For Some Fun


cedricd

Link Posted 04/03/2017 - 17:45
From a famous online auction company. The price was nice and it did have a FA 28-80 but that`s got some fungus on the inside of the front element. Probably for the bin I think. Just fancied having to think a bit more about creating pix. First day out and managed half a roll of slightly out of date Fuji before the weather changed for the worse.

I must admit to being very surprised, it handles really well and the mirror/shutter is so quiet. The autofocus seems only a tad slower with an old Tamron 28-300 than my K3 with a DA lens. That did surprise me. I hope to finish off the film within a day or so and off to Max Spielman of a touch of developing etc.

If all seems well I hope to get back onto Black & White with some home film developing and a scanner rather than having prints as I can`t faff around with blacking out the kitchen.

Would welcome any hints and tips as to developing kit and chemicals etc.

Cedric
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QuestionableCarrot

Link Posted 04/03/2017 - 19:26
my fav film camera ever and one that i use for most of my street portraits
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AlJones2402

Link Posted 04/03/2017 - 21:49
Still have a mx, me super in black and Mz6. You've just reminded me I have several rolls of Ilford B+W to be developed. Be nice to send them off as I can't recall what I've shot in them!!

Enjoy the camera.

Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 05/03/2017 - 09:21
The MZ-6 is a nice enough camera, it feels good in the hands and AF is quite fast, though with some use I found that I really noticed it's only sensitive to vertical or horizontal contrasts (I can't remember which). That results in it struggling to focus in situations where it wouldn't if it had cross-type sensors in the AF.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses

womble

Link Posted 05/03/2017 - 16:30
As I cannot afford an MZ-S I have often thought about a 6 as an alternative. I've never had any luck with the MZ series though. The two attempts I have had to buy an MZ series camera has resulted in some nice paperweights for my overly-cluttered desk. Thta's the problem with electronic wonders -- once the electronics dies you are stuffed.

K.
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cedricd

Link Posted 05/03/2017 - 20:29
I came across the "S" and couldn`t believe the current price which is why I bought the 6. It did however nearly become a paperweight though. I snagged the strap and pulled it from the shelf to the floor 3 feet below. Luckily it`s a good thick carpet. Trouble was It wouldn`t autofocus so that`s that I thought. Then I saw the focus switch on MF! Relief.
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jeallen01

Link Posted 05/03/2017 - 22:37
womble wrote:
As I cannot afford an MZ-S I have often thought about a 6 as an alternative. I've never had any luck with the MZ series though. The two attempts I have had to buy an MZ series camera has resulted in some nice paperweights for my overly-cluttered desk. Thta's the problem with electronic wonders -- once the electronics dies you are stuffed.

K.

You should have bought my MZ5N when I sold it a few years ago (for about £25!) - was working well, and the 5N is a better camera than the 6 because it has better AF, metal lens mount and so on.

They go for around £30-£50 nowadays if anyone wants one and can find it in g.c.

PS: I still have a pristine (never actually used!) databack for the 5N/S if anyone wants it
K-3 II, K-3 and a K-70 from SRS (having now relegated the K-30 with the Hacked K-50 f/w to being a backup body) , & some Sigma and Pentax lenses (and a lot of old 35mm gear!)
Last Edited by jeallen01 on 05/03/2017 - 22:42
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