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07-30-2007, 09:22 PM   #1
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Quality of 30 year old glass..

I just purchased a SMC 200mm f/2.5 from another forum member and am simply amazed at the quality of 30 year old Pentax glass. This lens and the SMC 30mm f/2.8 are some of best glass I have owned. I would include them in the same range as the Limited and * lenses, very high resolution, great color and contrast, smooth and creamy bokeh... It amazes me how many people I see putting down old Pentax glass as not being good on digital, or not as good because of the older designs...

Wide open: IMGP2997.jpg photo - kbrabble photos at pbase.com 100% Crop: IMGP2997-2.jpg photo - kbrabble photos at pbase.com

At f/4: IMGP3045.jpg photo - kbrabble photos at pbase.com 100% Crop: IMGP3045-2.jpg photo - kbrabble photos at pbase.com


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Heres a couple, wide open....

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07-30-2007, 11:23 PM   #3
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nice pic's.

I like all my old glass, and agree with you.

I'll be getting my first screw mount soon, and am really looking forward to it
07-31-2007, 03:47 AM   #4
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vivitar 200mm f3.5 wide open. probably paid 1/20-30



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That really is a beautiful picture of the kitty, wow.
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QuoteOriginally posted by roy Quote
vivitar 200mm f3.5 wide open. probably paid 1/20-30

slower and harsher bokeh. great post.
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I haven't a stable of glass as of yet, but I'm with you in that I'm pretty happy with the old glass that I have (KM 50/1.4 and a Kiron 28-105), so much so that the 18-55 never sees much use now.

Of course, I'm still hoping to acquire some Limiteds and *'s, but I don't have that money yet. Thing is, though, I'm getting great results still with the old lenses I have, irregardless of how much I paid for it (which is a low sum, actually). I'll post some pics later and continue this thread.
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Haha, all my lenses are metal oldies save my kit lens and my sigma 24-135. The new lenses just can't complete in terms of build quality and sometimes..even IQ.

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QuoteOriginally posted by roy Quote
vivitar 200mm f3.5 wide open. probably paid 1/20-30
Yes some of the old Vivitars are real gems also, the Series 1 70-210 is an excellent lens with great IQ.
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...if only I can get a Vivitar S1...

btw Roy is that a Komine made 200mm f3.5 w 62mm filter thread?
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Here's one with a KM 50/1.4. As others have said, you can't really go wrong with a lot of old glass out there. Especially for the price. One thing that drew me to Pentax was the ability to use old glass (with metering, at that).

The 50 is almost always on the camera, with the kit lens there only if I don't have much time to focus on shots.

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My Takumars go in the bag and see daily use. My "M", "A", "DA", and "FA" lenses sit on the shelf and collect dust.
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