35mm
Optical Viewfinder
Automatic
Battery
Built-In Flash
1/350 to 4 seconds
SKU: GC40-18926

Pentax 17 HF 35mm Film Camera (Silver/Black)

Pentax 17 HF 35mm Film Camera (Silver/Black)

The PENTAX 17 was developed using a vast amount of knowhow and technology which RICOH IMAGING/PENTAX had accumulated over the years, with experts and younger engineers working closely together. The camera was designed to allow photographers to express their originality and creativity by leaving some room for manual operation, rather than making it a fully automatic camera.

The PENTAX 17 lets photographers fully enjoy the world of film cameras - the origin of photography. It is an ideal model not only for film camera enthusiasts who have enjoyed film photography for years, but also for young photographers who are excited about trying film photography for the first time.

Half-size Format

The PENTAX 17 features the half-size format, in which two 17mm x 24mm pictures are captured in a single 35mm-format frame (36mm x 24mm). It also employs a horizontal film advance mechanism. When positioned in the normal way, it captures vertical-format pictures, identical to the familiar images captured by smartphones, which are commonly used today for picture-taking.

Manual Camera Operation Unique to Film Cameras

The PENTAX 17 features a manual film winding mechanism based on those incorporated in PENTAX-brand SLR film cameras. The film advance lever lets the user enjoy the film winding action and a wind-up sound after every shutter release. Its easy-loading system is designed to prevent film-loading errors, especially for first-time film camera users. It also features other mechanisms unique to film cameras, such as manual film rewinding operation using the rewind crank; exposure compensation via the exposure compensation dial; and ISO sensitivity setting via the ISO sensitivity dial.

Newly Developed Fixed-Focal Lens Combining Time-proven Optics and the Latest Lens Coating Technology

The PENTAX 17 features a newly developed 25mm F3.5 Fixed-Focal lens (equivalent to a 37mm lens in the 35mm format). Based on the optics incorporated in the acclaimed PENTAX Espio Mini (marketed in 1994), it has been redesigned to fit perfectly in the half-size format. It is also treated with HD (High Definition) coating - a highly acclaimed multi-layer coating - to optimize the clarity and sharpness of half-size pictures. Using the lens used in the RICOH Auto Half (a best-selling half-size model first marketed in 1962) as a reference, the angle of view and focal length were selected to make casual, everyday picture-taking simple and flawless.

Zone-focus System to Switch the in-focus Area via Simple Selection of Zone Marks

From close-ups to long distances, the PENTAX 17's zone-focus system is divided into six focus zones, indicated by marks that signify each zone. All the user has to do to set the camera's focus is select the mark best suited for the subject distance on the zone focusing ring. In the Macro focus zone, the user can capture a close-up photo from approximately 25 centimeters away. The hand strap (included as a standard accessory) lets the user measure subject distance more accurately.

Bright Optical Viewfinder for Real-time Confirmation of a Subject Image

The PENTAX 17's optical viewfinder features an Albada-type bright frame finder. It also comes with a close-up visual field compensation frame to help you more easily compose close-up images. It is possible to check the zone marks directly through the viewfinder.

Seven Shooting Modes to Accommodate Different Applications

The PENTAX 17 automatically adjusts exposure settings based on the lighting data collected by its metering sensor. In addition to the Full Auto mode in which all exposure settings are selected by the camera, it provides six other shooting modes, including: Slow-speed sync, which is highly useful in twilight photography; and Bulb, which comes in handy for photographing nightscapes and fireworks. The PENTAX 17 also features an independent exposure compensation dial, which allows the user to swiftly shift the exposure level to accommodate different types of subject or express the user's creative intentions.

High-quality Body with Meticulous Attention to Every Detail

The PENTAX 17's body has a classic design, hinting at the traditional look of film cameras. The top and bottom covers are made of a solid but lightweight magnesium alloy to optimize the camera body's rigidity. The 40.5mm filter mounting thread allows the user to mount a range of the filters, which are available for purchase on the market. With meticulous attention paid to every single detail, the PENTAX 17 is designed to be a joy to own.

Other Features

A wide selection of ISO film speeds (50, 100, 125, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600 and 3200).

Note holder on the back cover, into which the end of the film package can be inserted for an at-a-glance confirmation of the film in use.

Three strap lugs to accommodate horizontal and vertical camera suspensions, to best suit the user's shooting style.

Compatibility with the optional CS-205 Cable Switch, which comes in handy for extended-exposure photography in the Bulb shooting mode.

Key Features:

Half-Size Format Pictures

Manual Film Winding Mechanism

Fixed-Focal 25mm F3.5 Lens

Six-Zone Focus System

Bright Albada-Type Viewfinder

What's in the Box:

Pentax 17 HF 35mm Film Camera (Silver/Black)

Lens cap

Strap

Lithium Battery

35mm
Optical Viewfinder
Automatic
Battery
Built-In Flash
1/350 to 4 seconds
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Product Overview

Pentax 17 HF 35mm Film Camera (Silver/Black)

The PENTAX 17 was developed using a vast amount of knowhow and technology which RICOH IMAGING/PENTAX had accumulated over the years, with experts and younger engineers working closely together. The camera was designed to allow photographers to express their originality and creativity by leaving some room for manual operation, rather than making it a fully automatic camera.

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Key Features

35mm

The Pentax 17 HF Camera is a 35mm film camera with a half-frame format and a behind-the-lens shutter.

Optical Viewfinder

The Pentax 17 comes with an Albada-type bright frame finder in its optical viewfinder.

Automatic

The Pentax 17 adjusts exposure settings automatically by using the lighting data gathered from its metering sensor.

Battery

The Pentax 17 is equipped with the 3V lithium battery(CR2).

Built-In Flash

The Pentax 17 features built-in flash for illuminating scenes in low-light.

1/350 to 4 seconds

The Pentax 17 offers a shutter speed range from 1/350 to 4 seconds.

Introducing the Unique Capabilities of the Pentax 17 Camera

The Pentax 17 utilises a half-size format, capturing two 17mm x 24mm pictures within a single 35mm-format frame (36mm x 24mm). It uses a horizontal film advance mechanism and, when oriented normally, captures vertical-format pictures akin to smartphone images commonly used today.

Introducing the Unique Capabilities of the Pentax 17 Camera

Versatile Zone-Focus System

The Pentax 17's zone-focus system has six zones marked for different distances. Users select the appropriate mark on the focusing ring for accurate focus. In the Macro zone, close-ups from around 25 centimeters are possible. The included hand strap aids in precise subject distance measurement.

Enhanced Exposure Control and Shooting Modes with the Pentax 17 Camera

Enhanced Exposure Control and Shooting Modes with the Pentax 17 Camera

The Pentax 17 offers automatic exposure adjustments via its metering sensor. It includes Full Auto mode and six other shooting modes like Slow-speed sync for twilight shots and Bulb for nightscapes. It also features an exposure compensation dial for quick adjustments and creative expression.

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