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Your verdict of second hand lenses (older series)

wipka84 10 43 England
6 Mar 2008 9:51PM
Any pentax users got any older lens from previous series that they are pleased with the results etc...or disappointed with.

Was just trawling through pages and pages of ebay ads for second hand pentax lenses and realised I have no idea of quality so thought I'd throw a thread open for people to share their bargain quality finds and rogue lenses.

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phil_24 12 532 2 England
6 Mar 2008 10:48PM
You talking digi or film here?
wipka84 10 43 England
6 Mar 2008 11:23PM
I was sort of thinking pentax lenses made for the film camera's that work with the newer digital models which I think quite a few do?. It can be anything really, thought I'd just start a thread about them all and see if anyone is using a favoured older lens on their newer model
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
6 Mar 2008 11:40PM

Quote: favoured older lens on their newer model

All fine and Dandy, But apart from quality issues, Older lens almost always contain dust amongst other nasties......!

Every time the Iris actuates, as well as general handling.....Particles of the internal dust get moved around......And guess where some of them are going to end up....?

Yup! All over your sensor.....!

If you really want to use old lens....You should really consider having them serviced & Cleaned, Before putting them anywhere near a DSLR....!
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
7 Mar 2008 7:04AM
Stick to primes, the older zooms will not be that good on digital.

You can get some suprisingly good results as this artical shows.

pepperst 10 2.3k 4 Wales
7 Mar 2008 9:17AM
The best shots from my last work came from an old school nikor 50mm, dusty as the namib but good enough.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
7 Mar 2008 9:31AM
That artical I linked to used an old zuiko, results from a pentax, minolta rokkor etc would have been much the same.
wipka84 10 43 England
7 Mar 2008 9:41AM
Thanks chaps, I thought the primes would be reasonably good quality and was going to shy away from some of the zooms. Thanks for the advise about a service, something to budget for in sussing out whats a good deal and what isnt.
spt 14 89 Scotland
7 Mar 2008 9:43AM
I like using my SMC-M 50mm f/1.7 and SMC-M 28mm f/3.5 on my K100D. I've recently acquired an SMC-A 50mm f/2.8 macro which looks good too. I get the impression that most of the Pentax primes will work pretty well. Any of the 50mm lenses will give you a sharp, fast lens at a very low cost.

There are some useful comments on most older Pentax lenses here , though it doesn't seem to have been updated for a long time, and makes no mention of digital at all.

The SMC-A series (which are the last manual focus series) will allow you to use most of the exposure modes of the camera. The SMC-M series will only work in manual exposure mode, though metering still works well, and once you've got used to pressing the AE-L button to set the exposure it isn't really much inconvenience.
wipka84 10 43 England
7 Mar 2008 12:14PM
spt Thanks.

That's exactly the sort of information i wanted to get and the sort of opinions and views in this thread. Thanks for adding the link.

Cheers to everyone else for their advice of SH lenses.
kenp 12 96 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2008 3:01PM
My all time favourite!.........Pentax "A" 50mm 1.7...........I've fallen in love with it....lol..........Ken
kenp 12 96 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2008 3:08PM
Sorry I forgot!.....you may find this site helpful. It shows all the old lenses and sample photographs taken with them.............the lenses are at the bottom of the page!....................Ken


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