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General Description

The MZ-S is the culmination of the successful MZ / PZ series of cameras. It is also the successor of the long-time Pentax AF top model Z1-p /PZ-1p. Thus, the heritage of the MZ-3 with its classical user interface was combined with some of the "Hyper" functionalities of the Z1-p /PZ-1p. The result is a camera body whose design and user interface are quite different from those of both its ancestors.

The MZ-S was the first Pentax with a housing made of mangesium alloy. The MZ-S and the MZ-6 / ZX-L were last of the MZ / ZX series cameras and the first Pentax SLRs incorporating the P-TTL flash system allowing for wireless TTL flash control.

The following custom functions are available:

  1. Beep on/off
  2. Program P/PA/PD/MTF program
  3. Number of exposures in auto-bracketing 2 / 3 /5
  4. Sequence of auto-bracketing 0,+,- / -,0,+ / +,0,-
  5. Metering at focussing or by release
  6. AF key only focussing or metering and focussing
  7. DX code or manual setting of ISO
  8. Autmatic choose of neighboured AF field or not
  9. Shutter operation when flash not fully sharged: fire or not fire
  10. Built in flash as flash or as steering unit for cableless flash
  11. Function of light up key: normal / test flash light / adjustment flash light
  12. Film rewind: full rewind / leaves film leader out / leaves film leader out and mid roll change
  13. Film rewind at the end of the film: automatic / manually triggered
  14. Self shutter release time: 12 seconds normal / 2 seconds with mirror lock up
  15. Intension of data imprinting: auto (ISO) / low / middle / high
  16. By half pressed shutter: Focussing / no focussing (Focussing only with AF key)
  17. Rotation direction of wheel: value increases clockwise roation / value decreases clockwise
  18. Lens button help light when change key pressed: yes / no
  19. Shutter release time with IR-remote control: 3 seconds / immediately

The MZ-S itself does not feature an infra-red remote release, but its dedicated battery pack BG-10 does.

Product Variations
Exact NameMZ-SMZ-S
Years of Production2001 ~ 20052001 ~ 2005
Availabilityabout once a month, usedabout once a month, used
Sales Variations
Catalog Number013850504801386
Sold with Case

Technical Specifications

Lens MountKAF2
Mount Limitations
AF System (sensitivity)SAFOX VII (-1 ~ 18 EV)
AF with supersonic lenses
Power-Zoom Featuresauto-lens retract, power zoom
Self-Timer12 sec
Mirror Lock-Up
Cable ReleaseCS-105/CS-130
Infra-Red Release
Custom Functions19
Additional FeaturesDOF preview, mirror lock-up
Width x Height x Depth136.5 x 95 x 64 mm
Weight520 g
Exposure System
Exposure ModesAv, HyM, M, Tv
Metering Modes with K and M Lensescenter-weighted, spot
Metering Modes with A and newer Lenses6-segment, center-weighted, spot
Meter MaterialSPD
Exposure Compensation (Step)+/-3 (1/2 EV steps)
Exposure Lockyes
Meter Range0 ~ 21 EV
Manual ISO Range6 ~ 6400 ASA
Film DX Range25 ~ 5000 ASA
Constructionelectronic (vertical)
Shutter Speeds30 ~ 1/6000, B
Mechanical Speeds
Magnification [Coverage]0.75x [92%]
Aperture IndicationLED
Shutter-Speed IndicationLED
Interchangeable Screensyes
Power Source
Batteries2 x CR2
ExternalBattery Grip BG-10
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting2.5 frames per second
Flash System
Command Protocol(s)analog
FeaturesW, HS, P-TTL, TTL, P, S
Synchronization Speed(s)1/180 ~ 30, B
Built-In Flash
Guide Number (GN)12
Coverage (35mm equivalent)24
Auto Pop-Up
Red-Eye Reductionyes
AF Assistyes
Fitting Case(s)soft case: CF-10