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03-18-2011, 09:16 AM   #1
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M50 1.4 and 35 3.5 for less than $25?

I think X-Mas came early for me. I picked up a Pentax MX, still in working condition, with the kit lens, SMC PENTAX-M 1:1:4 50mm, and SMC PENTAX 1:3.5/35
The 50 is in excellent condition with just a bit of fine dust on the inside of the front element, as can be expected from such an old lens, and the 35 took a bump on the front rim of the lens, which I got out with my pliers leaving it in complete working condition, taking filters again, with just about 5mm silver thread showing . The glass is still beautiful without a scratch. The working light meter was thrown into the deal with a few other odds and ends. I paid for everything the princely sum of ZA170 (just under $25)
I can almost not wait for this weekend (mine only begins at 4pm on a Saturday), to try them out!


In the lens review section both have ratings over 9. Do any of you agree?

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Hey, your weekend is long Monday public holiday (in case you've forgotten).

Congrats, that's a bloody nice score. Enjoy
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Smoking deal every piece is worth at least that
congratulations
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Thanks sterretje, I am in liquor retail, Monday is a normal day for me!(I am actually still working till 7pm today)
Thanks Eddie, I couldn't believe my luck.

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Wow... You STOLE that stuff!
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You have scored BIG-TIME!

Come visit us -- we all need to rub your head for good luck.
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QuoteOriginally posted by GibbyTheMole Quote
Wow... You STOLE that stuff!
The lady I got it from actually was glad that somebody could still use the "old stuff" that's been lying in a drawer for years, I actually had to convince her that she should take the money.
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You have scored BIG-TIME!

Come visit us -- we all need to rub your head for good luck.
Thanks, I just hope the luck keep on coming my way
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We've never met, but already I hate you! I paid $120 for my 35/3.5 and thought that was a good buy. It's a seriously voortreflike lens for its colour, contrast, detail, sharpness. Certainly worth over 9, as is the 50/1.4, which I also have but can't remember what I paid - think it came with an ME or similar. Give yourself a pat on the back and allow yourself a smirk, mate. You've done incredibly well.

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"Dankie" (Thank you) Wombat. If I ever get a chance to visit my sister in Melbourne, I'll try NOT to cross your path
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I can add the Luna six 3 is an excellent meter if its properly calibrated (usually they need recalibration to use the new batteries)
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I've never used a separate light meter so will have to do some studying and try to get a manual for it somewhere. I can see that it can be useful for portrait photos. This is actually the fun part of photography for me, learning new things
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useful for many things. i like the reading from using an incident (light falling on the subject) rather than reflected. For landscapes you can use it as well by taking a reading of a section near you that will give the middle grey (though a spot attachment is useful for landscape)

I've used mine for initial reads for street shooting as well.
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Congrats on the great find. Any one of these items alone is worth far more.
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Thanks reeftool, just hope my lucky streak continues!
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useful for many things. i like the reading from using an incident (light falling on the subject) rather than reflected. For landscapes you can use it as well by taking a reading of a section near you that will give the middle grey (though a spot attachment is useful for landscape) I've used mine for initial reads for street shooting as well. __________________
Eddie, I got hold of the original manual, and are trying to calibrate the meter. I've followed the instructions and all went well except for the second from left setting screw, which are suppose to get the meter on 5, but I only get to 7and that is as far as it can go. I am still trying to find more online info to see if i can solve that problem. Would really like to see the diffirence between the K-x's meter and the lunasix 3
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the matrix on the kx may well be better in many cases. I use my Minolta auto-meter primarily with my film cameras (many of which are meter-less, or use hard to find batteries)
I've not had it calibrated it seems off a half stop or so i just compensate based on that
if i'm using it i'm not in a rapid fire shooting situation (where i tend to only use Digital) If I do use film and need to make a quick decision I sort of combine sunny 16 (really sunny 11 in winter here) and combine it with the old journalist approach of f8 and be there lol
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