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03-31-2012, 01:58 PM   #16
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I've just had another play with the M-40...

I stole the hood that I use on the FA50 and softness appears sharper... Still not 'great' but at least 'better'...
Colour rendition whenshooting on digital has always been my main gripe with this lens... I generally shoot in raw and use AWB but quite often scrap images in camera... I set the white balance manually and the difference was quite dramatic... AWB may be the wrong way to go with the M-40...

I'll be keeping it for at least the next week as I just loaded films into both the MEsuper it's attached to, and my 'now working perfectly' MG!

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and with a hood... It's no longer small...
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Back in the old days when fitted on the LX c/w motor drive + nicad battery, it was just a bugger to focus cos I've got big hands.

I can also remember that IQ wasn't that great either.
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IQ has been discussed. I had one for a while for use on my MESuper as a pocket/street setup, but focusing was just uncomfortable with that tiny focusing ring. I kept changing the aperture. For whatever reason QuickShift on the DA40 is easy to do and my fingers seem to go to the right place - probably caused by the missing aperture ring. If anything the DA is smaller than the M. That setup was about the same size and weight as the K-01 and DA40/2.8 Limited. Hhmmm.

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Perhaps Pentax will do a fixed-prime-a-la-fuji-x-type-thing-in-an-ME-body?
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I briefly considered getting a M40 when I was looking for a 40-45mm lens for my film cameras. The M40 seemed too small and bit overpriced for the optics, ended up with a FA43 instead.

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Yeah for all the not-great/crap/barely-used-and-overpriced lenses I've bought in the last 3 year that I now can't shift, I could've got a couple of FA-Ltd's!!
DAMN LBA!!
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Certainly sharper than a zoom, but it loses a bit of sharpness to the M 50/1.7 potentially. I think the M35/2.8 is a better bet, as it focusses closer, has an easier to handle body, and is potentially sharper. The main advantage of the M40 is that its tiny. Certainly, if I was shooting digital, with a Pentax ist DS DSLR, this was an irrelevance, even a hinderance, as it became difficult to use.

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Stockholm, was freezing sleet, there were not many out there with Pentax M pancakes.
The Pentax plastic hood kept the rain off the -M 2.8 40mm but that made the focus ring almost unusable with cold fingers.
So most of these were just using the focus distance scale and at iso 200 f 8 or so.
Near DOF at f 8 and infinity is about 6 metres.
These are 3000 by 2000 untouched camera jpgs.

https://www.box.com/s/c1454c726b8a10c61c92
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As I have said before, and as others have said, the size is Very convenient for when wishing to carry the K20 about all the time. Having a camera on me is more important than getting frustrated with carrying a large lens and choosing to leave the kit at home. For example of principle in practice see pancake clubthread.
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Come to think of it, this lens may not even be that good an option nowadays with the cheap DA40XS that is avaliable at about $230 used.
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Arjay,
That's right
On one side a decent camera and lens is needed but on the other, a millstone dslr and zoom is not,
When I get the K-01, at this stage not sure whether to get its 40mm or just get the body and keep using the old -M. I am inclined to the latter.
Here is the -M 2.8 40mm perfect fit in an old Bose headset bag with the ist ds and the Pentax -M 100mm hood and the Magnifier M. The wallet, passport etc goes in the other side of the bag.

https://www.box.com/s/a4c90fec12eba591421f
Taken with the SMC Pentax-A 1:1.4 50mm, at f 4.5 to get the whole bag sharp enough , and 1 sec using the timer release in low light on a rather too shaky, 1980 vintage Velbon VS-3 tripod.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pinholecam Quote
Come to think of it, this lens may not even be that good an option nowadays with the cheap DA40XS that is avaliable at about $230 used.
The M40's advantage over the newer DA lenses is that it works on classic Pentax cameras like the K1000 or MX, by virtue of having an aperture ring. Compared to the DA40XS, it has no plastic and it has a focusing scale.
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