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10-10-2010, 01:05 PM   #1
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Can the kit lens of my k200 work on the pentax SF1?

I am hoping someone can help me here.
I ordered the pentax SF1 but it only comes with a zoom lens.
I was wondering if the lens that comes with the k200 (SMC PENTAX-DA 1:35-5.6 18-55mm AL) would be able to work with the SF1 body.
I look forward to a response,



10-10-2010, 01:34 PM   #2
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Hi Sam
The answer is yes and no.
The Kit lens for your K200 is designed for the crop frame digital camera. On a 35mm camera it will produce vignetting (a circular black outline) and will only work in program. I messed around with a DA lens on my MZ5n but I soon got bored.
Have a look at second hand listings for other older Pentax fit AF lenses you can pick them up quite cheaply.
10-10-2010, 02:33 PM   #3
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I actually have the SFX, which is the same camera as the SF1 ( and I shot some pictures with the 18-55 kit lens. They came out sharper than the ones taken with the lens I got with it (Pentax-F 35-80 f4-5.6).
As soon as you mount it you'll notice the black corners in the viewfinder when the lens is at 18. At 24 you don't notice them anymore but I'm not sure if they'll appear in the photos or not.
I'd say you're safe to use it between 35 and 55.
Of course you can try shooting below 35 too. At least for the fun of it. You'll see that at 18 it has a fish-eye look to it. I took some pictures at 18 at a concert where the background was pretty much black so the vignetting wasn't obvious. I haven't finished that roll yet but I hope it will look cool
Like Graham said, the kit lens will only allow you to shoot in one of the Auto modes, Program or Shutter priority mode. No Manual or Aperture priority mode because these newer lenses are missing the aperture ring.
This is a pretty cool camera. I like the 80's look of it. I guess the only downside (besides not being able to control the aperture from the body) I can find is the 1/2000 maximum shutter speed. Not that it's too slow, but the SF1n/SFXn had 1/4000.
Enjoy your new camera and don't be afraid to experiment with other lenses. The worst thing you can do is ruin a few exposures. Film is still pretty cheap


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10-11-2010, 07:15 AM   #4
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Thanks a lot guys!
This was really helpful.


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