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Pentax ZX-M / MZ-M 35mm SLRs

4.37/5 (51 Reviews)


  • Lens MountPentax KAF2
    Camera TypeSLR (Single Lens Reflex)
    Film Type35mm
    Battery Type2 x 3V Lithium Battery (CR-2)
    Focus TypeManual Focus
    Interchangeable LensesInterchangeable Lenses
    Shutter Speed30 - 1/2000 sec
    Max Flash Sync Speed1/100 sec
    ISO Range - Automatic SettingISO 25 - 5,000
    ISO Range - Manual SettingISO 6 - 6,400
    Frames Per Second2 fps
    Manual Shooting ModesProgram Shift • Aperture Priority • Shutter Priority • Fully Manual
    Mirror LockupWithout Mirror Lockup
    Light Metering ModesEvaluative Metering • Center Weighted
    Auto ExposureYes
    Bulb Shutter SpeedWith Bulb Shutter Speed
    Self TimerYes
    WaterproofNo
    Film Auto TransportLoading • Rewind • Mid Reload
    Dioptric Adjustment Range-1
    Viewfinder Frame Coverage92 %
    Viewfinder Magnification0.77X
    Depth2.2 in.
    Height3.6 in.
    Width5.3 in.
    Weight10.88 oz.
    Included AccessoriesHand Strap • Case
    Release DateNovember, 1997
    Warranty1 Year Limited
    Product ID31040

Product Description

The ZX-M offers super-compact dimensions and straightforward, easy to read dial controls; but it is totally manual. It incorporates an array of creative and user-friendly features, including a multi-mode exposure system; an advanced light metering system; and a 1/2000-second high-speed shutter. As a result, this is the model for the next generation of photographers as well as those who want to learn the basic skills through creativity and fun.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by javi-aero a Expert

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2003

Strengths:    Small
Well-built
Easy to use
Lots of available lenses
Inexpensive


Weaknesses:    Not black
Not weatherproof


Bottom Line:   
I love this camera and I will never get another SLR until I switch to digital in a few years. It has everything you need, nothing you don't, and the controls are simply elegant. I always get well exposed prints. I've had it for about four years and have not had a single problem.

The 50mm f/2 lens that is offered with it is sharp and well made. If manual focus is your thing. This is all you need.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Similar Products Used:   Minolta Maxxum Stsi
Nikon F50


Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2003

Strengths:    - very durable
- easy to use
- DOF preview


Weaknesses:    - could have a manual winder

Bottom Line:   
Took some of the most amazing pictures with this camera. Easy to chenge settings, controls are right where you need them. Combined with a battery pack, gives you the feel and look of a pro-camera. Light meeter might be a bit off in outdoor conditions, but as a manual camera user you should know how to adjust the settings without relying on the camera's meter. Best dollar for dollar camera I have owned.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $168.00

Purchased At:   e-bay

Similar Products Used:   F3MA
K-1000
ZENIT APK, 212K


Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris a Intermediate from Manchester, UK

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2003

Strengths:    Good range of shutter speeds, DOF, robust, have shot about 40 films on the initial set of batteries, motor drive [albeit not very fast]. Cheap.

Weaknesses:    The bundled lens is a cross between a real manual lens and an autofocus style, it's short with a tiny focusing ring which slips very easily. Avoid this and pick up used K - mount lenses.

Viewfinder display can be difficult to read in some conditions. Also no provision for a manual remote trigger, requires a pentax remote [costly].


Bottom Line:   
This is the first SLR that i've owned, i was attracted by its general manualness. Performance is generally sound although metering for black and white isn't great. Compact size and light weight are bonuses, its fairly strong too having taken a couple of falls without any problem. A good camera to get to grips with the basics of photography.

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Duration Product Used:   0-1 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Jessops

Similar Products Used:   Nikon F35, Nikon F80

Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dopler a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2003

Strengths:    lightweight, exposure memory lock, several exposure modes available,

Weaknesses:    no auto bracketing; good only for average light scenes; only 2 segment metering; no built-in flash;

Bottom Line:   
I bailed out from this camera as soon as i noticed it had a very difficult time
metering under unusual or tricky lighting situations. ( Yes, i realize that some would cry foul as it couldn't be the camera, it must be the user! NO, i am currently using a 15yr old Program -Plus and the pics turn out great)
One does not know what percentage of the metered light is allotted for each of the 2 segments.
They would have been better off just making it a center -weighted system, as then you would at least know what area of the viewfinder to focus the target on. (Or, better still , having made it say a 3 segment metering system.)
In my opinion it is good only as a point-and shoot camera. Not recommended for the student!!

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   brians camera

Similar Products Used:   program plus; nikon FE

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Khardur a Expert from North Adams, MA

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2003

Strengths:    DOF preview, exposure compensation, AA battery pack (very reasonable at $30 extra), access to controls (dials make it very easy to change settings, I can't stand pushing buttons over and over to get to a 'custom program'... )

Weaknesses:    I've had the same black specks show up in viewfinder (doesn't affect picture, just distracting). Only other weakness is that I didn't buy 2.

Bottom Line:   
Bought this camera to replace my Yashica FX-3 (my beginning system). I needed an inexpensive camera with a better selection of lenses at my price range. This had all of the features I wanted, was in my price range, and had a wide selection of lenses to choose from. I've used it for portraits to nature to journalism.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $170.00

Purchased At:   Wolf Camera

Similar Products Used:   Yashica FX-3, Nikon N90s

Type of photography:   Other



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