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Old 07-24-2016   #1
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I see very little said about Pentax products as a whole. We must be a very small group, indeed.

I'll see if I can start a conversation. Do any of you shoot with some of the older Pentax glass and if so, what is your favorite?

Personally, I have two that are favorites of mine. A SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:1.7 and a SMC Pentax-M 100mm f:2.8. Both are EXTREMELY sharp and both produce the famous "Pentax colors!"

I've been accused of being overly fixated on sharpness.... and I guess I'd have to plead guilty. I will NOT have a lens in my possession that will NOT focus sharply. Well.... that is with one exception. I have an older Vivitar 28-200mm zoom that produces some remarkable soft images. Here is one that is an example of what I mean. I've been saying I'd try it on portraits, but have yet to get around to it. I think it would produce some nice "Hollywood" effects.

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I think your photo would look nice framed. It is soft but the white petals, not so soft, makes the photo pop, in my opinion!
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I think your photo would look nice framed. It is soft but the white petals, not so soft, makes the photo pop, in my opinion!
Thanks, Bob. I have one from the same series that I did frame. The composition was a little better and.... as they say, "Suitable for framing." I've never seen a lens that produced the softness like this one does.
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great shot Dewman, i like the softness of the flower;
i shoot with a lot of older Pentax glass, 70-210mm, 80-200mm, 35-70,28mm,135mm,multiple (5) of 50mm with different f-stops to name a few. my youngest daughter shot this over the weekend with a 50mm and extension tubes;
I think since the K3 and K1 are out the world is liking the Pentax cameras
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oh by the way, my daughter is almost 11years old and she enjoys learning photography
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great shot Dewman, i like the softness of the flower;
i shoot with a lot of older Pentax glass, 70-210mm, 80-200mm, 35-70,28mm,135mm,multiple (5) of 50mm with different f-stops to name a few. my youngest daughter shot this over the weekend with a 50mm and extension tubes;
I think since the K3 and K1 are out the world is liking the Pentax cameras
That is a very impressive shot by your daughter! I've tried extension tubes a couple of times. Have you ever tried a reversing ring? Coupled with a SMC Pentax 50mm f:1.4, they work quite well.

I've considered buying one of the new Pentax cameras, but my K-50 and K-30 does so well that I really see no need. I'm strictly an amateur, but if I were a pro, then I might reconsider.
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yes, i have used (and own) reversing rings, i like the ability to get macro shots. i have even made my own by super gluing adapter rings together
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Do any of you shoot with some of the older Pentax glass and if so, what is your favorite?
I only shoot the older M42 screw-mount Asahi Super Takumar Pentax lenses.

28mm f/3.5
50mm f/1.4 (8-element) (my personal favorite)
50mm f/1.4 (7-element)
105mm f/2.8
135mm f/3.5
200mm f/5.6

All take 49mm filters.

I use them on Pentax Spotmatic, Fuji X-Pro1, and Olympus E-P3 bodies.
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I find myself shooting more with the old glass more then with the newer sigma lenses, i just like how they feel and shoot, That does not mean i don't use newer glass
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I only shoot the older M42 screw-mount Asahi Super Takumar Pentax lenses.

28mm f/3.5
50mm f/1.4 (8-element) (my personal favorite)
50mm f/1.4 (7-element)
105mm f/2.8
135mm f/3.5
200mm f/5.6

All take 49mm filters.

I use them on Pentax Spotmatic, Fuji X-Pro1, and Olympus E-P3 bodies.
I have an older M-42 Pentax 135mm lens that I have no use for. Comes in the black "leather" case. If you're interested in it, let me know and I'll post some photos of it. I'd be willing to let it go for a VERY nominal price!


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