Sunday, July 03, 2011

A little love for the Pentax ZX-5

Before I left for Photostock last week, I picked up a used Pentax ZX-5 at Huron Camera for a bargain price. I decided to bring it along at the last minute and shoot with it (which obviously violates the common-sense of never bring an untested or new camera on a trip). The ZX-5, unlike some of the later models of AF K-mount cameras, has a real dial on the top for Aperture priority and shutter speed selection, not some twiddly LCD screen. I didn't have an AF lens for it, but it worked fine with manual lenses and center-weighted metering. It's lightweight, has a dial for exposure compensation, and is a nice alternative, in my opinion, to the metal-bodies of the Pentax ME, ME Super, etc. With the 40mm pancake lens on the front, it becomes a wonderful street camera with a quiet shutter and auto film advance.



I carried the ZX-5 along during my trip and throughout Photostock (more about that in another post) and shot color film with it. The ZX-5 also has a "Panoramic" setting that masks the 35mm frame to a pseudo panorama. While not really panoramic in size, it nevertheless creates an opportunity for creative framing.

birches

Overall, the ZX-5 is a good addition to my stable of cameras. It offers the simplicity that one expects in a film camera, but yet offers some nice advancements over the earlier Pentax models - auto film advance, pop-up flash, matrix, center-weighted, and spot metering, auto ISO or user selectable settings, panorama mask, +/- expsoure compensation in 1/2 stop increments, AF if you use an AF lens, and the ability to use all manual K-mount lenses.

Hessel, MI
Hessel, MI



Hessel, MI
Hessel, MI

2 comments:

Kat said...

Hi there,

I haven't been visiting you page in quite some time. I have given up on photography and so have sheltered myself from it. I have come to my blogger to start another type of blog and thought I take a quick peek on yours. Great photos as always. I love the colors and lines of the Hassel, MI photos.

Although I have given up on photography on an impluse I bought a kodak instamatic from a local goodwill. What do you think about that camera?

Mark said...

Kat -- thanks for the nice comments. Well, photography is always there, and when you are ready to have fun with it again, it will find you :)

The Instamatic was my first camera -- a pretty straightforward "box camera" really. However, the film is no longer being made for them, so alas, they are now a pretty little curiosity.

Best wishes,

mark