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P5 / P50

General Description

With the P series cameras, Pentax left the design line that was startet by the ME, led to the successful ME Super und culminated in the superA / superPROGRAM. All dials on the camera body were replaced by buttons.

The P5 /P50 was the first Pentax featuring 2 program modes and a large LCD display on the top. Also, with the P5 / P50 and P3 / P30 cameras, Pentax reintroduced the exposure lock (first seen in the K2 DMD). Technically, the P5 / P50 is very close to A series cameras, e.g. it is compatible the motor drive A.

Product Variations
Exact NameP5P50
Years of Production1986 ~ 19891986 ~ 1989
Availabilityabout once a month, usedabout once a month, used
Catalog Numberunknownunknown
Sold with Case

Technical Specifications

Lens MountKA
Mount Limitations
Self-Timer12 sec
Mirror Lock-Up
Cable Releasemechanical
Infra-Red Release
Additional FeaturesDOF preview
Width x Height x Depth137 x 87.5 x 50.5 mm
Weight525 g
Exposure System
Exposure ModesAv, M, Pdepth, Pspeed
Metering Modes with K and M Lensescenter-weighted
Metering Modes with A and newer Lensescenter-weighted
Meter MaterialGPD
Exposure Compensation (Step)+/-3 (1/2 EV steps)
Exposure Lockyes
Meter Range1 ~ 18 EV
Manual ISO RangeISO setting only via DX-film encoding
Film DX Range25 ~ 1600 ASA
Constructionelectronic (vertical)
Shutter Speeds1 ~ 1/1000, B
Mechanical Speeds
Magnification [Coverage]0.82x [92%]
Aperture Indication
Shutter-Speed IndicationLED
Interchangeable Screens
Power Source
Batteries2 x 1.5 Volt silver-oxide (A76, SR44) or alkaline (LR44)
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shootingmanual wind lever
Compatible with Motor Drive(s)A
Compatible with Winder(s)ME II
Flash System
Command Protocol(s)analog
FeaturesP, S
Synchronization Speed(s)1/100 ~ 1, B
Built-In Flash
Fitting Case(s)unknown