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06-07-2010, 12:41 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Frogfish Quote


I would like to see some $ values next to some of those lenses !
I wouln't
But if you are asking:
A15 is going for some odd 800GBP (K version maybe 50-100 less)
A20 - 200-250GBP
A24 - last I saw was 139
A50 - haven't seen one yet but Ks go for around 250 so add 50-100 for A
K55 - 40-65
A*85 - I saw one 3 months ago listed for 799 on page og good vendor was there only for few days
K85 - around 300
A*135 - last (and first for that matter) I saw week ago for 799


now you do your sums

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IMHO an ideal manual focus set would be more or less what I use (that's why I bought 'em)

SMC Pentax-A 15mm F3.5
SMC Pentax-A 24mm F2.8
SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.2
SMC Pentax-A* 85mm F1.4
SMC Pentax-A* 135mm F1.8
SMC Pentax-A* 200mm F2.8 ED
SMC Pentax-A* 300mm F4

Extra one to an ideal set, (if I'm allowed) would be

SMC Pentax Shift 28mm F3.5


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06-07-2010, 02:40 PM   #18
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I'd love to have those ones .... one day... ond beautifull sunny day
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QuoteOriginally posted by Frogfish Quote
... but that's a highly rated kit even if not the most expensive.
Hey thanks!

I always felt there was something special in bargains, and this kit seems to give a real sense of that. The only downside of course, is where the M42's are bound by adapters. Though I've modified most of mine with permanent adapters in place(which is a real blessing).

Though in all of this, I really have to say... those Russian lenses have really grown on me(splendid bargains).

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let's start with what I have and wont list it on what I would need to get.

K28/3.5
A50/1.2
K55/1.8
Vivitar S1 90/2.5 macro
Pentacon preset 135/2.8


what I would like to have.

A15/3.5
K28/2
K35/3.5
Helios 44-2 58/2
A* 85/1.4
A* 135/1.8
A* 200/4 macro
A* 300/2.8
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Here's my lineup

1. 17/4 Super-Multi-Coated Fisheye Takumar
2. 35/2 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar
3. 50/1.4 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar
4. 85/1.8 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar
5. 300/4 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar
6. 500/4.5 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar

I'm not a fan of the 135-200 lengths on APS-C, and anything below 135 is covered by the 85 in my books.
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned any zooms yet. Anyway, just to throw one in there, I would recommend an A35-105/3.5 which will cover 2 through 4.

Stopped down, it is very difficult to differentiate between it and a prime.
The primes come to play when you need the extra speed.
06-07-2010, 05:27 PM   #23
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These lists are always fun!!
My list is based on my favorite most used lenses and I added one FL range to suit my tastes as a film only user:


1. Under 20mm – K18/3.5
2. 20mm to 30mm – K28/2
3. 30mm to 50mm – K35/3.5
4. 50mm to 70mm – K50/1.2 + K55/1.8 (You must have two standard lenses)
5. 70mm to 105mm – K85/1.8
6. 125mm to 135mm – K135/2.5
7. 150mm to 200mm – K200/2.5
8. Over 200mm – K500/4.5

In addition add three specialty lenses:
K17/4 Fish-eye
K50/4 Macro
K100/4 Macro

Phil.

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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
I wouln't
But if you are asking:
A15 is going for some odd 800GBP (K version maybe 50-100 less)
A20 - 200-250GBP
A24 - last I saw was 139
A50 - haven't seen one yet but Ks go for around 250 so add 50-100 for A
K55 - 40-65
A*85 - I saw one 3 months ago listed for 799 on page og good vendor was there only for few days
K85 - around 300
A*135 - last (and first for that matter) I saw week ago for 799

now you do your sums
I would rather not, too painful.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JohnBee Quote
Hey thanks!

I always felt there was something special in bargains, and this kit seems to give a real sense of that. The only downside of course, is where the M42's are bound by adapters. Though I've modified most of mine with permanent adapters in place(which is a real blessing).

Though in all of this, I really have to say... those Russian lenses have really grown on me(splendid bargains).
I've seen some shots from those Jupiters that have great bokeh.
06-07-2010, 09:59 PM   #26
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QuoteOriginally posted by d.bradley Quote
Here's my lineup

1. 17/4 Super-Multi-Coated Fisheye Takumar
2. 35/2 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar
3. 50/1.4 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar
4. 85/1.8 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar
5. 300/4 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar
6. 500/4.5 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar

I'm not a fan of the 135-200 lengths on APS-C, and anything below 135 is covered by the 85 in my books.
That's an interesting statement, can you explain why ? I have the CZJ Electric Sonnar 135/3.5 and it's my favourite M42, very sharp & great bokeh and surprisingly even though not the fastest it does well in low light.
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1. Under 30mm -A tie between K24/2.8 and a cheapo Cosina 24/2.8 (most likely same to a Vivitar)

2. 30mm to 50mm - Takumar 35/3.5 (somehow, the sharpness and rendering of this one is special for me)

3. 50mm to 70mm - M50/1.4
4. 70mm to 105mm - M85/2
5. 125mm to 135mm -135/2.5
6. 150mm to 200mm -NA (IMHO, a bit of a struggle for MF above 135mm)
7. Over 200mm -same as #6 (but A*300/4 for the size and weight)
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This hardly is the perfect list and I haven't really planned this setup but this is what I've got ( I just wanted to list them). And almost all were bargains

1. S-M-C Takumar 4.5/20mm
2. Vivitar (Komine) Close Focus 2/28mm (bought cheap and converted from FD to M42)
Super-Tak 3.5/28mm (bought cheap as defective and repaired)
3. Auto-Tak 3.5/35mm (bought cheap as defective and repaired)
Super-Tak 2/35mm
4. Super-Tak 1.8/55mm
SMC Tak 1.4/50mm (bought cheap as defective and repaired)
M39(M42) Helios 44 2/58mm
M42 CZJ Biotar 2/58mm
5. M42 CZJ Biometar 2.8/80mm
M42 Cyclop 1.5/85mm (no aperture, so not very versatile. Bought together with Russian night vision device which I later sold so basically this was free)
6. M42 Meyer Optik Görlitz Orestor 2.8/135mm
7. PK Vivitar (Komine) 4.5/80-200mm (Actually have two of these. One with 58 and one with 62mm filter thread. The bigger is better.)
8. Canon L 2.8/300mm (converted from FD to PK)

For 1-3 I also have a plastic PK-A Cosina 3.5-4.5/19-35mm which I like surprisingly much
06-07-2010, 11:55 PM   #29
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QuoteOriginally posted by kerrowdown Quote
IMHO an ideal manual focus set would be more or less what I use (that's why I bought 'em)

SMC Pentax-A 15mm F3.5
SMC Pentax-A 24mm F2.8
SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.2
SMC Pentax-A* 85mm F1.4
SMC Pentax-A* 135mm F1.8
SMC Pentax-A* 200mm F2.8 ED
SMC Pentax-A* 300mm F4

Extra one to to ideal set, (if I'm allowed) would be

SMC Pentax Shift 28mm F3.5

And what kind of armed escort you have when you leave the house?
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1. Under 30mm - M42 Vivitar 28/2
2. 30mm to 50mm - SMC Pentax-M 50/2 SMC Pentax-A 50/1.7, M42 S-M-C Takumar 50/1.4, M42 SMC Takumar 50/1.4
3. 50mm to 70mm
4. 70mm to 105mm - Nikkor 105/2.5 Pre-AI
5. 125mm to 135mm - Nikkor 135/2.8 Pre-AI, M42 Super-Takumar 135/2.5
6. 150mm to 200mm - M42 Super-Takumar 150/4, Takumar 70-200 F4
7. Over 200mm
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