The MZ Range


bettyswolloks

Link Posted 29/01/2013 - 10:24
Hello all. I've been trying to find a list of the MZ range of film bodies, as in what was the top of the range down to the bottom of it.
One day you'll find, 10yrs have got behind you.

bforbes

Link Posted 29/01/2013 - 10:28
Have you tried here http://kmp.bdimitrov.de/bodies/film_MZ-ZX/index.html
Barrie
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bettyswolloks

Link Posted 29/01/2013 - 10:34
bforbes wrote:
Have you tried here http://kmp.bdimitrov.de/bodies/film_MZ-ZX/index.html

Spent half hour looking for it, Cheers Mate
One day you'll find, 10yrs have got behind you.

bforbes

Link Posted 29/01/2013 - 10:37
Bojidar Dimitrov's Pentax K-Mount Page is the first place I look, it's like a reference book.
Barrie
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johnriley

Link Posted 29/01/2013 - 11:04
I wrote a brief article covering the basics of the MZ range in this issue of Pentax User:

https://www.pentaxuser.com/magazine/winter-issue-4-2010-44

I may even have a few hard copies left, but in any event you can download the PDF version.
Best regards, John

bettyswolloks

Link Posted 29/01/2013 - 13:17
Thanx everyone, its for my eldest who is on a little mission to buy one for my youngest
One day you'll find, 10yrs have got behind you.

Hardgravity

Link Posted 30/01/2013 - 22:50
I'd suggest a MZ-50,cheap,plentiful and easy to use.

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And mine can use M series lenses!
Cheers, HG

K110+DA40, K200+DA35, K3 and a bag of lenses, bodies and other bits.

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Peter Elgar

Link Posted 05/02/2013 - 18:43
I have just been GIVEN an MZ-5 with the 28-70mm SMC Pentax-FA f4 lens and the 100-300mm SMC Pentax-F f4.5-5.6 zoom -- all in very good condition BUT camera is so 'Plasticky' -- the flash already has a bit broken off so it does noy stay up any more and the 100-300mm zoom does not 'zoom' any more!
I had to buy two new CR2 batteries and got it to work with some 1998 outdated Fuji Super G 400 I rate at 100 ASA as it so old -- well, there was NO instruction book but I 'fooled' the camera into setting 100 ASA by sticking a paper label over the DX coding on the cassette so it would default to 100 ASA and the TTL flash works with my Mecablitz 45 CL3 OK and it works with my 50mm f1.4 SMC Pentax-M lens on manual focus -- then I found an Online instruction book and found out how to 'fool' the DX coding-- but the MZ series are not as substantial as the Spotmatic or the MX and ME supers, would never stand up to 'Professional Use'
been a member of Pentax Club since the Ron Spillman era! Got COMPUTERISED at last - DIGITISED? Taken the PLUNGE - BUT FILM STILL RULES !!!

Gwyn

Link Posted 05/02/2013 - 19:22
My first Pentax was a ZX-7 (bought in the US so ZX not MZ). I know it isn't the best camera Pentax ever made but it was great for getting me back into photography, and the ist Ds was just like a digital version of it, so the transfer to digital was also relatively painless.

If it hadn't been for the guy in the camera shop in Albuquerque I'd probably be a Canon user now .

DaveHolmes

Link Posted 11/02/2013 - 23:19
I actually really enjoy shooting with my MZ-7 have it paired with an F35-70... Good little combo!
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mattie

Link Posted 15/02/2013 - 21:03
I've got an MZ-3 with battery grip, basically an MZ-5n with a faster shutter and correspondingly faster flash sync. I gather it was made for the Japanese market, but could stand corrected.

A small gear in the mirror mechanism has busted, so now the mirror won't actuate. Tragic, lovely camera but not cost-effective to repair.
Last Edited by mattie on 15/02/2013 - 21:04

womble

Link Posted 15/02/2013 - 21:05
mattie wrote:
I've got an MZ-3 with battery grip, basically an MZ-5n with a faster shutter and correspondingly faster flash sync. I gather it was made for the Japanese market, but could stand corrected.

A small gear in the mirror mechanism has busted, so now the mirror won't actuate. Tragic, lovely camera but not cost-effective to repair.

A very common fault. You can get it replaced with a brass gear, but I guess it isn't cheap.

K.
Kris Lockyear
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Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

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Hardgravity

Link Posted 15/02/2013 - 23:14
Check out the repairers at http://www.asahiphoto.co.uk/repairs.htm or http://harrowtechnical.co.uk/repair-prices/ to see how expensive it would be.

A rare MZ is probably worth a £60 repair and service..

...if they can do it!
Cheers, HG

K110+DA40, K200+DA35, K3 and a bag of lenses, bodies and other bits.

Mustn't forget the Zenits, or folders, or...

I've some gallerieshere CLICKY LINK! and my PPG entries.

Gamka

Link Posted 18/02/2013 - 15:52
I really liked my MZ-S ... it is still sitting there, unused and I wonder if I should sell it on to someone who will make good use of a mint condition one.

Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 18/02/2013 - 21:26
Gamka wrote:
I really liked my MZ-S ... it is still sitting there, unused and I wonder if I should sell it on to someone who will make good use of a mint condition one.

The MZ-S? That old thing? I'll give you a tenner for it...
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X and Panasonic L digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses
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