Pentax 17 half-frame film camera with 25mm f/3.5 lens is now officially announced

The Pentax 17 half-frame film camera with 25mm f/3.5 lens is now officially announced and available for pre-order

Pentax 17 film camera additional information

Pentax 17 film camera officially announced, available for pre-order


New PENTAX 17 compact film camera. The PENTAX 17 is a half-frame camera, capturing two 17mm x 24mm pictures within in a single 35mmformat (36mm x 24mm) film frame. It produces vertical-format pictures, with similar ratios to those captured by smartphones.

In addition to the distinctive image quality created only by a film camera, the design of the PENTAX 17 incorporates manual operations unique to film photography — a selectable zone-focus system, manual film winding, manual film advance lever, and exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity adjustments, each With their own dials. It has a retro-inspired design, with the top and bottom covers made of a solid but lightweight magnesium alloy to optimize the camera body’s rigidity.

The PENTAX 17 features a newly developed 25mm F3.5 lens (equivalent to a 37mm lens in the 35mm format). The lens is treated with HD (High Definition) coating to optimize clarity and sharpness. The optical viewfinder features an Albada-type bright frame finder and has a close-up visual field compensation frame to help compose close-up images more easily. The camera has seven shooting modes to accommodate different applications and scenarios. It automatically adjusts exposure settings based on lighting data collected by its metering sensor. It is an ideal model not only for film camera enthusiasts who have enjoyed film photography for years, but also for photographers who are excited about trying film photography for the first time


  • Half-size format: Two 17mm x24mm pictures are captured within a single 35mm frame (36mm x 24mm)
  • Manual camera operation unique to film cameras
  • Newly developed lens combines 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
  • 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 mod
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