Pentax 17 Dark Silver Film Camera

$499.95 Out Of Stock

The PENTAX 17 is a compact film camera with a fixed focal length, designed to capture half-size photographs. It features a half-size format (17 x 24mm) and offers the manual camera operation unique to film cameras. The camera is equipped with a newly developed fixed-focal lens that combines time-proven optics with the latest lens coating technology. It utilizes a zone-focus system, allowing users to switch the in-focus area by simply selecting zone marks. The PENTAX 17 also includes a bright optical viewfinder for real-time confirmation of the subject image. With seven shooting modes, it can accommodate various photographic applications. The camera boasts a high-quality body with meticulous attention to every detail and includes a built-in flash for added versatility.

Features at a Glance

• Half-size format (17 x 24mm)

 • Manual camera operation unique to film cameras 

• Newly developed fixed-focal lens combining time-proven optics and the latest lens coating technology

• Zone-focus system to switch the in-focus area via simple selection of zone marks

 • Bright optical viewfinder for real-time confirmation of a subject image

 • Seven shooting modes to accommodate different applications 

• High-quality body with meticulous attention to every detail 

• Built in Flash

What's Included

Pentax 17 Compact Film Camera with fixed focal length

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It’s time for film.Half-size format (17 x 24mm)

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 halfsize pictures. Using the lens used in the RICOH Au-to 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

Model Description
Camera TypeHalf-frame lens-shutter 35 mm film camera, with fixed focal length
Frame Size24×17mm
Compatible Film35mm film
ISO 50, ISO 100, ISO 125, ISO 160, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200
Sensitivity SettingManual settings to match the film
Film LoadingEasy loading system
Film TransportManual winding using wind-up lever (with 130-degree stroke and 35-degree stand-off angle)
Film RewindManual rewinding using rewind crank. Mid-roll rewinding possible.
ConstructionHD PENTAX lens, 3 elements in 3 groups
Focal Length25 mm (equivalent to 37mm in 35mm format)
Maximum ApertureF3.5
Angle of View (Diagonal)61°
Maximum MagnificationApprox. 0.13x (at 0.25m)
Filter Diameter40.5mm
TypeAlbada bright-frame viewfinder
Viewfinder IndicationComposition frame, Close-distance composition frame
Zone focusing setting can be confirmed through the viewfinder
Viewfinder Outer RightBlue lamp display: Warning display
Orange lamp display: Flash display
Focus TypeZone-focusing (Manual operation)
Switchover Distance6 zones (0.25m, 0.5m, 1.2m, 1.7m, 3m, ∞) / (0.82ft, 1.7ft, 4ft, 5.6ft, 10ft, ∞)
Exposure Control
Metering SystemPartial metering
Metering RangeEV2.5 to 16.5 (ISO100)
EV Compensation±2 EV (1/3 EV steps)
Shooting Mode (Exposure)Full auto (Pan focus program AE, Auto flash, Standard (Program AE, Flash off), Slow-speed shutter (Slow-speed program AE, Flash off), Maximum aperture priority (Maximum aperture priority program AE, Flash off), Bulb (Bulb, Flash off), Daylight sync (Program AE, Flash on), Slow-speed sync (Slow-speed program AE, Flash on)
TypeProgram AE electronic shutter
Shutter Speed1/350 to 4 seconds, Bulb
Built-in Flash
Guide NumberApprox. 6 (ISO 100·m)
Emission TypeShooting mode interlocking system
Flash Charging TimeApprox. 9 seconds
Charging StatusCan be checked with the orange lamp at viewfinder outer right.
Charging status: blinking
Charging completion status: lighting
Power Source
Battery TypeOne 3V lithium battery (CR2)
Not compatible with rechargeable CR2 type batteries
Battery LifeApprox. 10 cartridges* when using 36 exposure film (using fresh battery under the condition of 50% flash shots)
* According to the result of RICOH IMAGING in-house testing
External Terminal
Cable Switch TerminalCompatible with cable switch CS-205 (optional) (φ2.5mm)
Operating Environment
Temperature0℃ to 40℃
Humidity85% or less (the environment must be free of condensation)
Dimensions and Weight
DimensionsApprox. 127.0mm (W) × 78.0mm (H) × 52.0mm (D)
Approx. 5.0in (W) × 3.1in (H) × 2.0in (D) (excluding protruding parts)
WeightApprox. 290g (without film and battery)
Approx. 10.2oz (without film and battery)
Article Codes
Art. No. 18926PENTAX 17 DARK SILVER Body KIT
Included Accessories
Art. No. 54457Strap O-ST191
Art. No. 39944Lens Cap O-LC40.5
Lithium Battery CR2
Optional Accessories
Art. No. 37248Cable Switch CS-205

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