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08-10-2011, 01:04 PM   #1
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BELL and Howell 28mm Lens on K-x

Hi All,

I'm new to the DSLR scene so any help would be appreciated. I've had a K-x for about 3 months now and have been getting on great with the standard 18-55mm and a Sigma 70-300mm Zoom that I bought shortly afterwards.

I wanted to try an experiment with a f2.8 lens and bought a cheapy on EBay which is a Bell and Howell 28mm that will do f2.8. However, although the lens fits fine and I can see through the viewfinder okay, the camera refuses to take any photos when I press the shutter release it does nothing. The lens manually focuses okay and seems to work otherwise.

I'm sure that this is just me being thick but can anyone help?

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Stephen

08-10-2011, 01:09 PM   #2
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This should help: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-beginners-corner-q/110658-using-ma...x-dslrs-f.html
08-10-2011, 01:42 PM   #3
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This link should help you as well including stop-down-metering (Green Button)
Using Older Lenses with the PENTAX K-x | Pentax Support

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Page 284 of your K-x manual.

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08-10-2011, 02:06 PM   #4
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Thanks a million guys, I knew it had to be me. I assumed that because it fitted and I could focus then the camera should be able to take the picture. That'll teach me.

Thanks again.

Stephen

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I'm curious: All the B&H lenses I've seen are for 16mm or 8mm cine cams, and won't focus to infinity on a Pentax SLR. Can you describe or post a photo of yours? Does it have a Pentax PK bayonet mount, or an M42 screwmount with adapter, or what? Can you focus to infinity or are you limited to closeups? Thanks!
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I'm away for a couple of days but I'll let you know the outcome when I get back to my camera at the weekend.

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Stephen
08-11-2011, 12:17 PM   #7
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Hi, Here are a couple of pics of the lens. It has a bayonet connection. Tried it out earlier on today and no problems focussing to infinity.

Hope that helps.
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Hmmm, looks like on of those generic Chinon- or Cosina-made primes, sometimes seen badged as Sears or whatever. Usually pretty decent optics. Enjoy!

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That is the thickest mount flange I've ever seen wow (now there is something to get excited about ... haha)

QuoteOriginally posted by StephenA Quote
Hi, Here are a couple of pics of the lens. It has a bayonet connection. Tried it out earlier on today and no problems focussing to infinity.

Hope that helps.
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what sort of quality of images have you been getting with this lens ?
04-21-2012, 02:34 PM   #11
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Hi, I actually got shot of the lens months ago, I just wasn't using it (in fact, I've got a K-r now too instead of the K-x). There was nothing wrong with the quality of image with that lens though pretty sharp for an old boy but I spend most of my time with either wildlife or astrophotography so the longer lenses get all the use. If you can get one cheap then I'd say go for it.
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