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  •  That's what I figured (6+ / 0-)

    “Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” ― Winston Churchill

    by paulitics on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 03:27:58 PM PST

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    •  srsly (4+ / 0-)
      The Pentax MZ-M was the sole manual focus camera in the MZ/ZX line. The camera was positioned as the successor to the K1000 which was discontinued the same year. It features a light construction, a mount made of plastic and a pentamirror viewfinder to make it cheaper.

      Operationally it was based on the MZ-5N/ZX-5N with the classic control layout but important features were omitted such as auto-bracketing and TTL flash control.

      and that's charitable.
      The Pentax ZX-L SLR was also marketed as Pentax MZ-L and Pentax MZ-6. These models are technically identical.

      For a number of years Pentax produced two styles of SLR's, one with traditional controls and one where the exposure mode is set on a dial like on today's DSLRs. The ZX-L represents the latter style. But even then you can still set the aperture on the aperture ring in which case Av and M exposure modes are possible. Lenses without an aperture ring and lenses where the aperture ring is set to the "A" setting can be used in all exposure modes. Metering is done with the lens fully open in any event since the lens mount is a fully functional KAF mount. In other words, this camera can be used with all Pentax K-mount lenses. The only restriction is that power zoom is not supported by this mount; power zoom lenses will have to be zoomed manually. DA lenses may create dark corners since these lenses are designed for the smaller APS-C format.

      The Pentax MZ-L / ZX-L / MZ-6 has the traditional exposure modes Av, Tv, and M in addition to a number of program modes: Green, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Action and Night scene. The camera also has the auto-pict mode where it automatically selects the program modes that fits the scene the best.

      Extra flash functions with external flash: Wireless, High-Speed and Contrast control.

      My primary film camera has nearly every bell and whistle except for huge viewfinder. I mostly use it for extreme wide angle.

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