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08-20-2010, 01:56 AM   #1
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Asahi Pentax M f2 50mm - advises neded

Hello everybody,

I have a chance to get myself Asahi Pentax M f2 50mm in good condition for about $140. It's going to be my first prime actually. Would you guys please advise whether it's worth to get it or maybe I should better look for faster primes? Planning to use it with k10.

Thanks in advance.

ps.: btw, it's my first post here, so I oughta say it's the most useful Pentax online-community I ever visited


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Too expensive?

QuoteOriginally posted by Ameiji Quote
Hello everybody,

I have a chance to get myself Asahi Pentax M f2 50mm in good condition for about $140. It's going to be my fist prime actually. Would you guys please advise whether it's worth to get it or maybe I should better look for faster primes? Planning to use it with k10.

Thanks in advance.

ps.: btw, it's my first post here, so I oughta say it's the most useful Pentax online-community I ever visited
Ameiji - I don't know how expensive things are in the North Caucasus. But in broad international terms that is WILDLY overpriced. The 50mm M f/2 was the most basic kit lens in the old days, there are thousands of them around and they go very cheaply. You can get some good shots out of it, but the f/1.7 or f/1.4 versions are much better in every way and not that expensive either. You can do much better than that for less money (unless all lenses cost five times as much as they should do in your country). Good luck - you are starting out on a fascinating journey of discovery. Most of us find it turns out to be a rather expensive one once the compulsion to buy more lenses takes hold - there is always a more interesting one temptingly just out of reach ...

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Gudday Ameiji

I agree with Timo's comments.

Sounds dear to me...I bought a second 50mm F2-M with camera in Australia for under $35 Aus.....you may not want the camera BUT the lense is what you're after. Similarly I bought F1.7 And F1.4 lenses the same way for not not much more!!! Look for Pentax SLR cameras with lense(s)..particularly ME types which seem to have these faster older better lenses attached.

Good Luck Mate

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08-20-2010, 04:08 AM   #4
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Thanks guys! Need to look more thorough

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M50/2's are available by the boatload on Ebay, typically for about $20 US. And for just a little more, you can get the much better M50/1.7. Definitely pass on that "opportunity".
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I have both an M50/2 that came with my K1000 when new and an M50/1.7 I found in excellent condition a few years ago for $34 US. I second Marc's comment. Go for one of the faster 50's.
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