Reviewing the Pentax MZ-50


The Pentax MZ-50, also known as the Pentax ZX-50, was a K-mount autofocus SLR produced by Pentax in 1997. It's an ideal camera for those who are new to SLR photography.

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The Pentax MZ-50 was my first real camera. I remember saving for ages to purchase an SLR and although this was not my first choice (I had my heart set on another, I can’t remember what now), it was my prized possession for a long time. I had many adventures with this camera, which had been neglected. That was until recently when I rediscovered the beauty of this camera.

The MZ-50 is a compact and lightweight autofocus SLR and back in the 90s, it was said to have had a “broad range of advanced technologies”. The MZ-50 has some issues with the autofocus, which seems to be a common fault with this camera. The main problem is when using the autofocus mode, it has some trouble focusing properly. However, this could simply be fixed by switching to the manual focus option.

Credits: littlequeue

Putting the issues with the autofocus aside, I have always been quite impressed with the results I got with this camera. The MZ-50 takes the standard 35 mm film and through experimenting with different films, I have found it be a versatile camera.

The MZ-50 is a great camera for those who are starting out with a film SLR. It is functional and uncomplicated, making it easy to use for beginners. Another added bonus is that you can pick one up online for around 20 USD these days.

This is a review submitted by Community Member littlequeue.

written by littlequeue on 2011-11-18 #gear #35mm #review #pentax #lomography #beginner #user-review #film-slr #pentax-mz-50


  1. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    Ohh nice pictures! Makes me want to write a review of my pentax :)

  2. wahiba
    wahiba ·

    I bought one yesterday, 18 Jan 2019. Came with an APS-C digital lens, 18-55 which works fine, although vignetting up to around 24 setting. A bit like a Sardinia on steroids.

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