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07-27-2011, 09:20 PM   #1
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Recommend a body for my rare Pentax lenses 200/2.5, 24/2.8, 85/1.4 etc.

I've recently inherited a handful of lenses. Originally, I was thinking about selling them, then I started thinking about using them instead.

Do any of the lenses mentioned below work with DSLRs? I prefer not to shoot with film (yet)


SMC Pentax-A* 85mm 1.4 (Sold it)


SMC Pentax 1:2.5 200mm Asahi Optics Co. Japan

SMC Pentax-A 1:2.8 24mm

SMC Pentax Zoom 1:4/45~125 Asahi Optics Co. Japan -

Super Takumar 1:3.5/24 Asahi Opt. Co., Japan


And some Non Pentax:
Minolta Maxxum double XX 135mm f2.8


Maxxum AF Macro 50mm f2.8



Misc: I got offered $300 for the 200 2.5. Looks like a nice piece, with a small dent on the built in hood. Is that a fair offer?


Thanks in advance!



07-27-2011, 11:32 PM   #2
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Hopefully you got a good price for the A*85 f/1.4 as that is one of the finest, if not the finest portrait lens ever made by Pentax. I don't know what the going rate is but I'd think it would be around $800-$1,000, maybe more??

In answer to your question, any modern Pentax DSLR will work with any Pentax lenses from the past, although the M42 ones require an adapter.

Don't know about a price for the 200mm but it sounds perhaps low.
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They will work with any Pentax DSLR, you will ony have to focus manually. The non-A lenses also need stop-down metering in manual mode, using the green button.
07-27-2011, 11:35 PM   #4
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SMC Pentax-A* 85mm 1.4 - that is one I would have definitely kept. I would sell the Minolta lenses keep the rest and buy secondhand a K10 or K20 or K7 or K5 - I think you will find all of the Pentax glass, even if they need an adaptor, will work with the bodies I have listed.

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Hi mate and welcome.

The Pentax and Takumar lenses will work well on any of the digital Pentax bodies, with some restrictions based on their age. They will all be quite capable of taking good pictures though.
Not too sure about the Minoltas sorry.

That 85/1.4 is a highly regarded lens!
It will be worth your while to check the lens review section on this site for the others

The 200/2.5 is another highly regarded lens and it's actually the fastest Pentax 200mm lens ever made. I would suggest you don't sell it straight away and research it first.

I don't know much about the other 3 lenses either, but I strongly advise you check the lens review section. I don't think those 24mm lenses come around too often.

BTW, on current Pentax DLSRs
- Takumar variants = use with an adaptor
- "SMC Pentax" (also known as K series) = no adaptor, manual aperture
- SMC Pentax-M = no adaptor, manual aperture
- SMC Pentax-A = no adaptor, automatic aperture
- SMC Pentax-F, FA, DFA, DA, DA* = automatic aperture, auto focus.

Metering should be available on any lens you can mount properly to the camera...
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Sold it? I could cry. As for the minolta stuff sell that to some Sony guys.
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QuoteOriginally posted by PentaxNoob Quote
I've recently inherited a handful of lenses. Originally, I was thinking about selling them, then I started thinking about using them instead.

Do any of the lenses mentioned below work with DSLRs? I prefer not to shoot with film (yet)


SMC Pentax-A* 85mm 1.4 (Sold it)


SMC Pentax 1:2.5 200mm Asahi Optics Co. Japan

SMC Pentax-A 1:2.8 24mm

SMC Pentax Zoom 1:4/45~125 Asahi Optics Co. Japan -

Super Takumar 1:3.5/24 Asahi Opt. Co., Japan


And some Non Pentax:
Minolta Maxxum double XX 135mm f2.8


Maxxum AF Macro 50mm f2.8



Misc: I got offered $300 for the 200 2.5. Looks like a nice piece, with a small dent on the built in hood. Is that a fair offer?


Thanks in advance!

That is the last one I would sold.
07-28-2011, 01:30 AM   #8
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The 85 f1.4 is the reason to get a new body... I would get the K5 body for this lens alone.

The K200 f2.5 and K24 f2.8 are fine too. May be a used K20 with split screen.

The 200 has some PF as all old long focal lenses in K series.
The 24 f2.8 is among the sharpest, wide open too.

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The K5 is the number one choice. If that's a bit expensive but you want a 'high end' body, it has to be the K7 I think, as it meters better with old (non 'A') glass than previous cameras like K20D/K10D. The live view is also very handy for manual focus on the K7.

The Kx and Kr are good 'budget' options, with live view etc, and actually have better high ISO performance than the K7.
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For my living I still use every day some of the lenses you mention, before you sell anything else, I would have a think about your photography requirements as you have some fine glass there.
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QuoteOriginally posted by PentaxNoob Quote
I've recently inherited a handful of lenses. Originally, I was thinking about selling them, then I started thinking about using them instead.

Do any of the lenses mentioned below work with DSLRs? I prefer not to shoot with film (yet)


SMC Pentax-A* 85mm 1.4 (Sold it)


SMC Pentax 1:2.5 200mm Asahi Optics Co. Japan

SMC Pentax-A 1:2.8 24mm

SMC Pentax Zoom 1:4/45~125 Asahi Optics Co. Japan -

Super Takumar 1:3.5/24 Asahi Opt. Co., Japan


And some Non Pentax:
Minolta Maxxum double XX 135mm f2.8


Maxxum AF Macro 50mm f2.8



Misc: I got offered $300 for the 200 2.5. Looks like a nice piece, with a small dent on the built in hood. Is that a fair offer?


Thanks in advance!
its a shame you sold the A85/1.4 as others have commented.

Also as others have mentioned sell off the minolta stuff to a sony user, and keep all the pentax bayonet lenses.

the least useable to you is the takumar 24/3.5 because the A 24/2.8 will be a much better lens, due to the faster aperture, newer and better coatings and the automatic aperture which will let the camera work in all exposure modes.

the tak also has the need for the M42 to K adaptor, which if you are using a single lens can be bothersome

As you shoot, you will begin to find that 24 is not wide enough, and you will need to get something wider, but the lenses you have, get you started and cover pretty well 24-200mm.

If you ever decide to upgrade to more modern lenses, there are plenty of vultures here (self included) who will gladly take the pentax lenses you have
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#1: I hope you got a very good price for the A* 85/1.4
#2: I hope you did not sell it to a Cannon dumb-ass that will cut the lever to make it work on their full frame dSLR with a shaved mirror.
#3: If you did sell it to a Canon user, I hope you financially raped them.
#4: WTF did you sell if for
#5: the 200/2.5 was the second best keeper on your list.

#6: Both 24mm lenses are keepers but after selling the A* 85 and K200, I'd be too busing spending the money I got to get enough Guinness to make me forget what I had just done. Then I would see if my 2 maxuum lenses would work on a Sony dSLR body after making one of the worst Pentax Noob mistakes in the history of the world.

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Maybe I was a little dramatic with that last post. But damn.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Blue Quote
Maybe I was a little dramatic with that last post. But damn.
You were. There is only one valid excuse for selling great portrait lens to a Canon user. That is purchase of a FA*85.
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Yes, they will work on current Pentax dSLRs with an M42 to K mount adapter for the Super Takumar 1:3.5/24 Asahi Opt. Co., Japan. The rest are K mounts. The K-x and K-r are consumer level entry Pentax dSLRs and the K-7 and K-5 are pro-sumer level. Any will work it all comes down to budget and complexity.
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