Pentax MZ-3


1. Summary

Renew MZ-3 from MZ-10 in March, 1999.
Though the fundamental way of operating is the same as MZ-10, it seems to be easier to use MZ-3 than MZ-10 because of the preview function, exposure compensation value dial and shutter speed dial that is seen at a glance.

2. Using Lens


The Front row, from the left: 50mmF1.4, 28mmF2.8, 28mmF2.8 Soft, 85mmF2.8 Soft
The Back row, from the left: 85mmF1.4, 100mmF2.8 Macro, 100-300mmZoomF4.5-5.6

3. Main specs


TTL autofocus, auto-exposure multi-mode 35mm SLR with built-in retractable TTL Auto Flash

Lens Mount

Pentax KAF2 bayonet mount compatible with KAF, KA and K mounts


Fixed pentaprism type, Field of view: 92% vertically/horizontally, Magnification: 0.8X (with 50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity)

Auto Focus

TTL phase-matching autofocus system, AF frame: Selectable using AF mode lever. (1) 3-Point AF; (2) Spot AF, Usable illumination range:EV-1~ EV18 (at ISO 100/m with 50mm f/1.4 lens)


Electronically controlled vertical-run focal-plane shutter

Shutter speed

1/4000~ 30sec, bulb

Exposure mode

(1) Programmed AE; (2) Aperture-Priority AE; (3) Shutter-Priority AE; (4) Metered Manual; (5) Bulb. TTL Programmed Auto Flash available.

Power zoom

Motor-driven zoom with motor built-in lens.

Metering mode

(1) 6-segment multi-pattern metering; (2) Center-Weighted Metering; (3) Spot Metering

Exposure compensation

+/-3EV (1/2EV steps)

Automatic bracketing

Automatic bracketing: 3 frames in 1EV or 1/2EV steps.


electronic type


Series-control retractable TTL auto flash, Guide number11 (ISO 100/m), Sync speed:1/125sec


135(W) X 90(H) X 61.5(D)


425g without batteries.


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