mz5 vs mz5-n

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Jason Mossman, Jan 29, 2005.

  1. Hi Group,
    Can somebody please tell me the difference between the Pentax MZ5 and the
    MZ5-n please.
    Many thanks
    Jason Mossman, Jan 29, 2005
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    Bandicoot Guest

    The n is still in production (as far as I know) and is 10g heavier... I
    think the n added DoF preview, which I believe the MZ-5 (non-n) lacks.

    Bandicoot, Jan 29, 2005
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    Lewis Lang Guest

    Subject: mz5 vs mz5-n
    The main difference were that the MZ-5n had an exposure lock button and
    electronic depth of field preview, the MZ-5 didn't.
    Lewis Lang, Jan 30, 2005
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    LEDMRVM Guest

    The main difference were that the MZ-5n had an exposure lock button and
    Also, the MZ5n has auto-bracketing capability.

    LEDMRVM, Jan 30, 2005
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    Peter Chant Guest

    Are you sure? I bought mine over a year ago and it was old stock. A friend
    of mine tried buying on about six months ago and could not get it at all.

    Peter Chant, Jan 30, 2005
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    SMC Guest


    You are correct. Excepting the *ist (film*ist) there has been no
    production of Pentax film SLR bodys for many months now. But many
    dealers will have old stock for years in the future ... but probably
    not MZ-S as now almost impossible to find

    If the MZ-5n is attractive, I recommend finding a used MZ-3, which has
    a very long lasting Copal shutter as that used in Nikon professional
    SLR bodys. The MZ-3 is an excellent body. It is not easy to find
    because most owners are very happy with their MZ-3 body and do not want
    to sell it.

    Still, some Pentax owners want to change completely to digital, and
    will maybe let their MZ-3 go to a good home. The trick is to find one
    of these owners. One was sold last week on eBay, seller in
    Netherlands, Eur. 269,-- I think.
    SMC, Jan 31, 2005
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    Bandicoot Guest

    Oops - yes, I should have said still 'in the range' or something like that,
    as in that they are _supposedly_ still available new, but no, they aren't
    actually rolling out of the factory gate. Shame...
    Second that. I bought a (lightly) used MZ-3 about three years ago as a
    backup AF body to my MZ-S, and like it a lot. Very light, logical controls,
    easy to use, reliable.
    That's a good price, for a body that's going to last a long time.

    Bandicoot, Jan 31, 2005
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    Peter Chant Guest

    Bandicoot wrote:

    I did think about the MZ-3 myself but it would have been over £150 more than
    the 5n, which was advertised for £220 and I think I bought for £200. The
    shutter gained one extra speed I think. I don't really think I use the
    thing enough to worry about the MZ-3 shutter being a more heavy duty item.
    Peter Chant, Jan 31, 2005
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