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Pentax ZX-50 / MZ-50 35mm SLRs

4.3 star rating
                      4.3 / 5 (56 Reviews)
MSRP : $350.00

  • Lens MountPentax AF
    Camera TypeSLR (Single Lens Reflex)
    Film Type35mm
    Battery Type2 x 3V Lithium Battery (CR-2)
    Focus TypeAutofocus • Manual Focus
    Interchangeable LensesInterchangeable Lenses
    Shutter Speed30 - 1/2000 sec
    ISO Range - Automatic SettingISO 25 - 5,000
    Frames Per Second2 fps
    Mirror LockupWithout Mirror Lockup
    Light Metering ModesTTL • 3D Color Matrix
    Red Eye ReductionWith Red Eye Reduction
    Automatic Shooting ModesLandscape • Macro • Sports • Portrait
    Film Auto TransportRewind • Mid Reload
    Weight12.2 oz.
    Product ID31046

Product Description

The ultra-compact ZX-50 autofocus SLR combines simple operation and sophisticated features at a very affordable price. The ZX-50's "Green Operation Mode" offers point-and-shoot convenience, ideal for those who are new to SLR photography or for capturing those once-in-a-lifetime moments quickly and effortlessly. Creative control can be yours by switching to one of the four program modes or by choosing Aperture-Priority AE, Shutter-Priority AE, Metered Manual or Bulb modes.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by knightrider2011 a Casual

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2010

Strengths:    Easy to use even for the beginner, good quality pictures, nice built-in flash that you can pop up and fill the entire room evenly with light. CR2 lithium batteries seem to last forever (1 year at least, for me anyway) and are cheap ($5). Low battery warning lets you know in advance so your batteries don't die on you before you can replace them. Lightweight for an SLR, thus, easy to carry around. Appears to have good build quality as it was new in 1996 and I bought it used in 2008 and put 20 rolls of film through it, yet it still works perfectly.

Weaknesses:    Sometimes the autofocus does not focus properly (a bit soft at times), but this may be due to the aftermarket lens (Sigma) being used instead of the official Pentax brand.
Adjusting the aperture/shutter would be easier if there was a wheel. The lens sometimes hunts too much, especially in low light, even though the light in the room seems to be enough. However, manual focus will fix that. :-) Lightweight body can mean more camera shake.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this used from a photographer in 2008 and it is the first time I've used an SLR. I was stunned at the quality of the prints because I had never used a better camera than this. It really is straightforward and easy to use.

I started out using the fully automatic mode, then progressed to manual focus, but prefer using autofocus and aperture priority mode. The CR2 lithium batteries seem to last forever and only cost $5 for a pair. (1 year with lots of flash use and my second set has lasted over a year thus far, but I'm not using the flash as often either).

It came with a Sigma 28—80mm f/3.5—5.6 zoom lens, which does the job just perfectly for me, although admittedly the images aren't always sharp, despite what you see in the viewfinder. That said, 95% of the time they are sharp and crisp, showing lots of detail. A 50mm prime lens would probably yield even better results, but I am satisfied with my purchase.

I am glad to be in the world of film again after using digital cameras for the past 9 years. Film has taught me patience and to use precision in my photography. I shoot about a roll a month.

I highly recommend this to those new to the world of film photography or who have never used an SLR. It is entry-level but has good features and appears to have good build quality.

This camera does not disappoint, especially for the price I paid for it.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   used from photograph

Similar Products Used:   none

Type of photography:   Other

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Vadim a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2003

Strengths:    Easy to operate
Precise meter

Weaknesses:    Not USM-compatable

Bottom Line:   
I'm not going to takl about fast or noisy autofocus - it is not the matter of the camera, it is the matter of the lenses!

The camera itself is easy to operate and pretty intuitive (for me :-)
Precise exposure meter, good viewfinder info, very comfortable to hold.
I use this camera already for 5 years, and I'm not going to change it meanwhile.
Offcoarse it is not a "pro" camera, but it suites 95% of all non-professional needs :)

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Similar Products Used:   Zenit-12

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Les Burel a Intermediate from MASS

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2002

Strengths:    Light , shutter is quiet, easy to figure out if you don't have the manual. Accepts all previous Pentax bayonet lenses. Makes a good program, auto, manual camera if you forget about the auto-focus.

Weaknesses:    Lousy auto-focus. and it whirrs just like the new MZ-50, SF1, and PZ10 I had a while back. Maybe this camera isn't partial to aftermarket brand lenses.

Bottom Line:   
I've had an MZ-50 before for a short time and it was light, easy to use, shutter was quiet,and the auto-focus wasn't bad. Pentax seems to have a noisier auto-focus than the Canon Elan II or the Rebel. The MZ I have now I bought used on eBay. It came with Two Tamron AF lens. Doesn't focus well with either of them. I tried a new Vivitar AF lens and got the same results. Otherwise this camera makes a superb non-AF camera. The Canon EOS's seem to be far superior.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Canon Rebel and Elan II. They both are quieter in the AF mode and the AF has an assist light, (infra-red on the Elan) for focusing in low light.

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SwimPhoto15 a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2002

Strengths:    Very few controls, very easy to operate.
Reasonable framing speed.
Good AF.
Bright focusing screen.
You can turn off focus confirmation beep.

Weaknesses:    Finder readouts protrude into the viewing area.
Limited ISO's for flash use. (only up to 800 speed film).
1/100 sec flash sync isn't that great for outdoors.
Knob for changing shutter speeds and aperatures in slower than a wheel.
It only lacks multiple exposures, a simple and gratifying feature.

Bottom Line:   
Compact and lightweight, this is an ideal camera for general purpose photography. It has a high enough framing speed for trying to capture a few shots of someone before they notice. Controls with no clutter.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Similar Products Used:   Rebel 2000, Rebel SII, Canon EOS IX, Elan II, Elan 7

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by DAVID BAXTER a Intermediate from RICHMOND HILL

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2002

Strengths:    Cheap and Light.

Weaknesses:    Slow focus, bad metering, no DOF, feels cheap without the FG-10 battery grip.

Bottom Line:   
DON'T BUY THIS CAMERA. BUY THE ZX-7/MZ-7. This camera is not a bad camera, but you can get more for not the much more out of the 7 or the 5n or even the new zx-l, but the camera has no DOF, not great metering, no focus in a darker room, But its not that the camera is terrible, just that you can get a much better camera for just a little bit more, and forger the 28-85 lens it comes with.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   henrys

Similar Products Used:   Canon EOS 500, MZ-S, a great camera, Pentax Z1-P, Nikon F100.

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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