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Z-1 / PZ-1

General Description

The Z1 /PZ-1 and its only slightly different succesor, the Z1 /PZ-1, were Pentax's AF flagships for 10 years!

For adapting the camera to the need of the indvidual user, the following functions are available:
1. Metering: spot | center-weighted
2. Program: P | Pa | Pd | MTF program
3. Exposure compensation: 1/3 EV | 1/2 EV
4. Shutter-speed increment: 1 EV | 1/2 EV
5. Hp shift: Av and Tv shift | Av and Tv do not shift; warning appears
6. Hm shift with IF button: program line | Av lock | Tv lock
7. IF-button function in Hm: Av and Tv stepped adjustment | stepless adjustment
8. Film speed setting: automatic | user-selected
9. RTF operation with wider lenses: fires | does not fire
10. Shutter operation when RTL not fully sharged: fires | does not fire
11. Film rewind: full rewind | leaves film leader out
12. Film rewind at the end of the film: automatic | manually triggered
13. Size-tracking PZ mode: uses preset value | full-size shots | head-up shots
14. Number of preset focal lengths in zoom-clip mode: 1 | 2
15. Power-zoom during exposure: disabled | enabled
16. Zoom-effect direction: towards wide | towards tele
17. "ML" button function: locks exposure | locks exposure and focus
18. Shutter operation in Size Tracking mode: release when focused | release when proper image size is achieved.

The Z-1 SE is a special edition body, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Asahi Optical Co.

Product Variations
Exact NameZ-1Z-1 SEPZ-1
Years of Production1991 ~ 19951994 ~ unknown1991 ~ 1995
Availabilityabout once a week, usedonce in a lifetime, usedabout once a week, used
Catalog Numberunknown06681unknown
Sold with Case

Technical Specifications

Lens MountKAF2
Mount Limitations
AF System (sensitivity)SAFOX II (-1 ~ 18 EV)
AF with supersonic lenses
Power-Zoom Featuresauto-lens retract, image-size tracking, power zoom, zoom clip, zoom effect
Self-Timer12 / 2 sec
Mirror Lock-Up
Cable Releasecable release F
Infra-Red Release
Custom Functions18
Additional FeaturesDOF preview, mirror lock-up
Width x Height x Depth152 x 95.5 x 74 mm
Weight650 g
Exposure System
Exposure ModesAv, HyM, HyP, M, P, Tv
Metering Modes with K and M Lensescenter-weighted, spot
Metering Modes with A and newer Lenses8-segment, center-weighted, spot
Meter MaterialSPD
Exposure Compensation (Step)+/-4 (1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Exposure Lockyes
Meter Range0 ~ 20 EV
Manual ISO Range6 ~ 6400 ASA
Film DX Range25 ~ 5000 ASA
Constructionelectronic (vertical)
Shutter Speeds30 ~ 1/8000, B
Mechanical Speeds
Magnification [Coverage]0.80x [92%]
Aperture IndicationLED
Shutter-Speed IndicationLED
Interchangeable Screens
Power Source
Batteries1 x 6 Volt 2CR5
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting3 frames per second
Flash System
Command Protocol(s)analog
FeaturesTTL, P, S
Synchronization Speed(s)1/250 ~ 30, B
Built-In Flash
Guide Number (GN)14
Coverage (35mm equivalent)35
Auto Pop-Up
Red-Eye Reduction
AF Assistyes
Fitting Case(s)soft case: Fd(s),
soft case: Fd(m),
soft case: Fd(l)