MZ 5N or MZ50?


Anonymous

Link Posted 12/02/2004 - 16:35
In short I have the opportunity to buy either of these bodies but know very little. Which is better? And if possible could you explain why?

Many thanks in anticipation

MattMatic

Link Posted 12/02/2004 - 16:43
The MZ5N is a much better body
Here are some reasons:

* Metal lense mount (MZ50 has plastic) It will last longer.
* Spot metering - useful for difficult lighting situations
* Multi segment metering. MZ50 has 2 segment, MZ5N has 6.
* Supports all older lenses. MZ50 has "crippled" KAF mount
* More solidly built

The MZ50, on the other hand, has "picture modes". However, to be honest, the MZ5N will do a great job all the time.

Here are a couple of pages that should help you compare the two:

http://www.bdimitrov.de/kmp/bodies/MZ-ZX/mzzx5n.html http://www.bdimitrov.de/kmp/bodies/MZ-ZX/mzzx50.html

Hope that helps
Matt
http://www.mattmatic.co.uk
(For gallery, tips and links)

Anonymous

Link Posted 12/02/2004 - 16:52
Right well that clinched it. Am just getting into this as a learner so that was really useful.

Am looking at 200 for a 18 month old MZ5N with a Sigma 28-300 lens. I already have a Pentax 28-80 lens too (hence the advantage of going for a body which fits this). Does anyone know if that's sensible money to pay?

I'll be joining as a member soon!

Cheers

MattMatic

Link Posted 13/02/2004 - 06:16
Hi again

A quick scout around the usual online second hand dealers:
A mint MZ5n goes for about 120-150.
A Sigma 28-200 lense goes for around 100.
(These are with 6 month warranties)

So, sounds a reasonable deal to me

Don't forget that a 28-300mm lens, although incredibly useful and practical, will not give the same image quality as shorter range zooms, and certainly not the quality of a prime lenses (like just a 50mm/f1.7). However, don't let that put you off, for 200, it sounds like a great deal.

You can always stock up on lenses later
Don't forget to subscribe to the Pentax User Magazine - it'll get you a healthy discount on servicing should you ever need to get the MZ5n repaired (apart from it being a great magazine )

Matt
http://www.mattmatic.co.uk
(For gallery, tips and links)
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