Pentax Unveils the Pentax 17: A $499 Half-Frame Film Camera

Pentax has introduced an intriguing new product: the Pentax 17, a camera designed for shooting on classic 35mm film. Technically, it operates similarly to its predecessors from the 1960s, without manual settings or a removable lens. The manufacturer has revealed all the specifications of this model and announced the start of its sales.

The Pentax 17 is a half-frame model aimed at amateur photographers. It offers a significant cost-saving feature by doubling the number of exposures per standard roll of film—from 36 to 72—at the expense of some image quality. Like classic cameras, the new model features a manual film winding mechanism.

The camera is designed for minimal settings: it has no autofocus (only six preset focal distances ranging from 0.24 meters in macro mode to infinity) and no exposure settings (only compensation). However, it does support Bulb mode (open shutter by holding the shutter button) and long exposures.

The lens is fixed and cannot be replaced: it features a 25mm lens with an aperture of f/3.5 and nine blades. This is the first camera from Pentax’s Film Camera Project, which takes into account feedback from brand enthusiasts.

The Pentax 17 will go on sale at the end of this month, priced at $499 in the USA.

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