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Pentax 17 Compact Film Camera

Pentax 17 Compact Film Camera

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The Pentax 17 compact film camera is an ideal choice for photographers who appreciate the unique qualities of film and the tactile experience of manual camera operation, with a unique design and half 35mm film sized vertical prints.

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  • Film camera, which captures two images per 35mm frame with its unique half-size format
  • Tactical manual film winding and ISO setting provides a classic photography experience
  • New 25mm f/3.5 lens with HD coating for sharp, clear images and a standard field of view
  • Six-zone focus system simplifies focusing for various distances, enabling quick and easy shooting
  • Bright optical viewfinder aids in accurate composition and framing for an excellent keeper rate
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Pentax 17 Compact Film Camera Summary

The Pentax 17 compact film camera captures the unique image quality of film combined with the nostalgic joy of manual operation. Users can experience the tactile satisfaction of manual film winding with the film advance lever and set focus ranges manually with the zone-focus system. This model brings the excitement and hands-on engagement of classic film cameras to a new generation, providing a distinctive and enjoyable shooting experience.

As more creators opt to slow down and enjoy the process of making an image and waiting for the film to be developed, Pentax has responded by releasing the Pentax 17 Compact Film Camera. It shoots classic 35mm black and white or colour film and dons a sharp aesthetic, harking back to vintage SLR cameras from Pentax.

This compact-style camera is a step up from a disposable or instant camera, offering the ability to become more absorbed into the process of making images through a simple-to-use interface. It includes a fixed 25mm prime lens, which is equivalent to 37mm in 35mm format, and the design stands out for its silver colour with a magnesium top cover.


An exposure compensation dial is available for instant exposure changes and a dial with seven shooting modes allows the photographer to select the most appropriate settings for the subject at hand. Pentax has designed the film camera with a high level of attention to detail, and it includes a tactile manual winding mechanism with a smooth and pleasant sound, reminiscent of classic SLR cameras.

Film is captured in a vertical format to match a smartphone screen, and the Pentax 17 takes two vertical shots in one frame. Once you’ve captured images you can either use a film scanner with the processed film to digitise it, print it at home with a photo printer, or send the film to a lab to print as standard prints (or in different sizes). Whichever method you choose, the joy of having physical prints is available throughout the process.

Key Pentax 17 Features

  • Classic film camera style with attention to detail
  • Captures vertical images similar to a phone screen (two per 35mm film cell)
  • Magnesium cover conveys a sharp and sophisticated image
  • Easy to handhold grip
  • Engraved text, special silver finish and a solid feel
  • Enjoyable manual winding mechanism inherited from Pentax SLR
  • Fixed 25mm prime lens (equivalent to 37mm in 35mm) with f/3.5 aperture
  • Seven shooting modes plus an exposure compensation dial
  • 40.5mm filter thread


Pentax 17 Compact Film Camera in More Detail

Half-Size Format

The Pentax 17 captures two 17mm x 24mm images within a single 35mm frame (36mm x 24mm) using a horizontal film advance mechanism. Positioned normally, it captures vertical-format images, akin to those taken by smartphones.

Manual Film Camera Operation

Featuring a manual film winding mechanism inspired by Pentax SLRs, the Pentax 17 offers the tactile pleasure of film winding and a satisfying wind-up sound. It includes an easy-loading system to prevent errors, a manual film rewind crank, an exposure compensation dial, and an ISO sensitivity dial for an authentic film photography experience.


New Fixed-Focal Lens

The camera includes a newly developed 25mm F3.5 fixed-focal lens (equivalent to 37mm in 35mm format) with HD coating for enhanced clarity and sharpness. This lens, redesigned from the Pentax Espio Mini optics, optimises performance in the half-size format, drawing inspiration from the RICOH Auto Half for everyday picture-taking.

Zone-Focus System

The Pentax 17’s zone-focus system divides focus into six zones, indicated by marks on the focusing ring. Users simply select the appropriate mark for their subject distance, with a Macro zone for close-ups from approximately 25 centimetres. The included hand strap aids in measuring subject distance accurately.

Bright Optical Viewfinder

The camera’s Albada-type bright frame finder includes a close-up compensation frame, allowing for real-time subject confirmation and easy composition of close-up shots.


Seven Shooting Modes

With automatic exposure adjustment based on lighting data, the Pentax 17 offers seven shooting modes, including Full Auto, Slow-speed sync for twilight photography, and Bulb mode for nightscapes and fireworks. An independent exposure compensation dial allows for quick exposure adjustments.

High-Quality Build

Boasting a classic design, the Pentax 17’s body features magnesium alloy top and bottom covers for optimal rigidity. The 40.5mm filter thread allows for various filter attachments, and meticulous attention to detail makes it a joy to own.


Additional Features

The Pentax 17 supports a wide range of ISO film speeds (50 to 3200), includes a note holder on the back cover for easy film identification, and features three strap lugs for different suspension styles. It is compatible with the optional CS-205 Cable Switch for extended-exposure photography in Bulb mode.

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  • Pentax 17 Compact Film Camera

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Our Verdict

The Pentax 17 compact film camera is a grea choice for photographers who appreciate the unique qualities of film and the tactile experience of manual camera operation. With its half-size format, the camera captures two images within a single 35mm frame, providing a modern take on classic photography.

The manual film winding mechanism, exposure compensation dial, and ISO sensitivity settings offer an authentic shooting experience. Equipped with a newly developed 25mm f/3.5 fixed-focal lens and HD coating, the Pentax 17 ensures excellent image quality with sharp details and minimal flare.

The zone-focus system simplifies focusing, while the bright optical viewfinder aids in composition. The camera’s robust, weather-sealed body, reminiscent of traditional film cameras, is built for durability and ease of use. Ideal for both stills and video, this versatile camera is perfect for everyday photography, travel, and creative projects, offering an engaging and nostalgic journey into film photography.

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Condition guide

Our used products are subject to wear and tear in comparison to brand new products. This also applies to accessories that are supplied with the camera including batteries which may have a lower optimum performance level/life expectancy.

  • Like New – The equipment is in a condition as if you have just bought it from the manufacturer. The item is still considered to be ‘Like New’ even without the original packaging and accessories. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect working order. Lenses are optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Excellent – The equipment should be close to being ‘Like New’ but there may be some small cosmetic blemishes that lower its grade. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect excellent order.
    • Cameras – Should have no marks on the LCD screen
    • Lenses – Should have no marks on the elements and optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Very Good – The equipment may have some slight cosmetic wear to the paintwork and cosmetic blemishes  with only light signs of use and the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – The LCD screen may have small signs of wear that does not affect its display
    • Lenses – The mount of the lens will start to show signs of wear
  • Good – The equipment is showing more obvious signs of cosmetic wear and blemishes, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen may have scratches or wear that is starting to affect the display.
    • Lenses – May have slight dust inside that does not affect images. The mount shows signs of use.
  • Well Used – The equipment will show significant signs of wear. The paintwork will be coming away in large areas exposing the metal work, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen is heavily worn either by de-lamination or has scratches to it. Rubber grips are starting to come away from the body.
    • Lenses – The lens has dust inside that may affect images. The rubber zoom/focus ring is coming away from the barrel of the lens.

*All of our used items are listed with the accesories that are included. If they are not listed then they will not be supplied at eh epoint of purchase.

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This product has been thoroughly tested by our team of photographers and we are happy to give a 6 month warranty as a result. The number of tests depends on the individual product but we are confident in this product having tested all the major functions. Anything that isn’t as you would expect, we then make a note of and show this in the condition notes on the page.

So you can be confident you are buying a great piece of kit that’s been looked after by a fellow photographer and seen many extraordinary sights, tested by our team of photographers and now looking forward to being set free to capture more great images!

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