P5 / P50

P5 / P50

General Description

With the P series cameras, Pentax left the design line that was startet by the ME, led to the successful ME Super und culminated in the superA / superPROGRAM. All dials on the camera body were replaced by buttons.

The P5 /P50 was the first Pentax featuring 2 program modes and a large LCD display on the top. Also, with the P5 / P50 and P3 / P30 cameras, Pentax reintroduced the exposure lock (first seen in the K2 DMD). Technically, the P5 / P50 is very close to A series cameras, e.g. it is compatible the motor drive A.

Product Variations
Exact Name P5 P50
Color black black
Year of Introduction 1986 1986
Catalog Number unknown unknown
Sold with Case

Technical Specifications

Lens Mount KA
Mount Limitations
Self-Timer 12 sec
Mirror Lock-Up
Cable Release mechanical
Infra-Red Release
Additional Features DOF preview
Width x Height x Depth 137 x 87.5 x 50.5 mm
Weight 525 g
Exposure System
Exposure Modes Av, M, Pdepth, Pspeed
Metering Modes with K and M Lenses center-weighted
Metering Modes with A and newer Lenses center-weighted
Meter Material GPD
Exposure Compensation (Step) +/-3 (1/2 EV steps)
Exposure Lock yes
Meter Range 1 ~ 18 EV
Manual ISO Range ISO setting only via DX-film encoding
Film DX Range 25 ~ 1600 ASA
Construction electronic (vertical)
Material metal
Shutter Speeds 1 ~ 1/1000, B
Mechanical Speeds
Magnification [Coverage] 0.82x [92%]
Aperture Indication
Shutter-Speed Indication LED
Interchangeable Screens
Power Source
Batteries 2 x 1.5 Volt silver-oxide (A76, SR44) or alkaline (LR44)
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting manual wind lever
Compatible with Motor Drive(s) A
Compatible with Winder(s) ME II
Flash System
Command Protocol(s) analog
Features P, S
Synchronization Speed(s) 1/100 ~ 1, B
Built-In Flash
Fitting Case(s) unknown