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Pentax add another 35mm SLR to their range

Pentax add another 35mm SLR to their range - 

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Pentax MZ-60 SLR The Pentax 35 mm single-lens reflex cameras enjoy a great reputation among photography enthusiasts. The Pentax SLR series impresses with its robust construction, the extremely user-friendly features, the high image quality and the wide selection of models for the most varied requirements. With the MZ-60, being shown for the first time at the PMA 2002, Pentax presents an attractive starter camera with impressive features at a good price.

The extremely compact size of the MZ-60 goes along with the elegant body design in silver and black. The camera has innovative features such as Pentax "Picture Modes" for rapid and simple changeovers between six different photo programs (standard, portrait, landscape, close-up, action and night scene). Once set, the camera automatically picks out the optimum setting for the program being used. With automatic exposure, it is also possible to choose between aperture priority and shutter priority.

The precise "SAFOX V" autofocus system on the MZ-60 guarantees rapid and simple focusing on any subject. The built-in automatic flash is activated as soon as the lighting is no longer optimum. Additionally, the camera has a "red-eye reduction" function, which is very useful when using the flash. The generously dimensioned LCD display on the top of the camera gives a rapid and comprehensive overview of its current status, while the display incorporated in the viewfinder also reproduces the most important information for the picture currently being taken.

The manual exposure and the B setting make for an ideal tool for creative photography. The MZ-60 Quartz Date imprints the photo with information on when the picture was taken.

Weighing only 325 g, the Pentax MZ-60 is a fitting addition to the Pentax MZ range and will be available in the spring of 2002.

MZ-60 Specifications
Type
TTL autofocus, auto-exposure multi-mode 35mm SLR with built-in retractable TTL auto pop-up flash (RTF).
Film35mm perforated cartridge film.
Image Size24mm x 36mm.
Lens MountPentax KAF bayonet mount.
Usable LensesPentax KAF2- and KAF-mount lenses. *When the aperture ring is set at other than the A position, shutter release
is locked.
Focusing System
Type : TTL phase-matching autofocus system (SAFOX V).
Applicable illumination range : EV0~EV18 (at ISO 100 with 50mm F1.4 lens).
Mode : (1) AF (focus lock and predictive AF available), (2) Manual focus.
Exposure ControlMetering system : TTL open-aperture 2-segment metering.
Metering range : EV4~EV21 (at ISO 100 with 50mm F1.4 lens).
Mode : (1) Picture Mode, (2) Shutter-Priority AE, (3) Aperture-Priority AE, (4) Metered Manual, (5) Bulb-timer.
TTL programmed auto pop-up flash.
Shutter TypeElectronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter. Speed : (1)Auto : 1/2000~30 sec. (stepless), (2) Manual : 1/2000~30 sec. and Bulb-timer, (3) Flash sync : 1/100~30 sec.
Shutter lock : Main switch at "OFF" position.
Viewfinder Type : Fixed molded penta-mirror type.
Focusing screenNatural-Bright-Matte focusing screen.
Field of view90% vertically/horizontally.
Magnification 0.77X (with 50mm F1.4 lens at infinity).
Viewfinder LED indicationGreen: (1) External flash status, (2) AE lock signal (3) In-focus,
(4) Proper exposure indication in Metered Manual
Red: (1) Over- or underexposure indication in Metered Manual.
External LCD Indication(1) Film loading, film advance (single-frame/consecutive), film rewind, film loading error;
(2) Exposure frame number; (3) Shutter speed and/or aperture value;
(4) Manual-set film speed; (5) Auto pop-up flash function;
(6) Flash use recommendation and recharge incomplete/complete;
(7) Flash off; (8) Red-eye reduction flash; (9) Self-timer (2 or 12 second delay);
(10) Non-applicable lens warning; (11) Battery exhaustion warning;
(12) Auto bracketing (1/2EV and 1EV).
Film HandlingLoading : Quick auto loading (automatic film advance to first frame).
Advance/rewind : Automatic (Mid-roll rewind possible).
Advance mode : (1) Single, (2) Consecutive (approx. 1 frames/sec.).
Film Speed Setting(1) Automatic with DX-coded film (ISO25~5000), (2) Manual (ISO6~6400).
Built-In FlashType : Series-control retractable TTL auto pop-up flash (RTF). Guide number : 11 (ISO100/m). Angle-of-view coverage : 28mm wide-angle lens.
Flash SynchronizationWith RTF and via hot shoe. Sync speed:1/100 sec. set automatically with RTF or Pentax dedicated flash unit at recharge completion.
Self-TimerElectronically controlled type with 2 or 12-second delay (Cancellation possible).
Drive Mode Switch(1) Single advance, (2) Consecutive advance, (3) Self-timer (12-second delay), (4) Self-timer (2-second delay), (5) Auto bracketing (1/2EV), (6) Auto bracketing (1EV).
Date ImprintingFive-mode switchable, "Year-Month-Day", "Day-Hour-Minute", "Month-Day-Year", "Day-Month-Year" and blank.
Power SourceTwo 3V lithium batteries (CR2 type).
Dimensions136.0 (W) X 94.5 (H) X 63.0 (D)mm
Weight

325g without batteries.

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