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11-06-2012, 10:51 AM   #16
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In the right light and with a bit of makeup, the 10-17 is hot. Has the right curves.

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11-06-2012, 11:10 AM   #17
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Gotta go with a Carl Zeiss Jena 'zebra'. Either the Flektogon 35/2.8 or the Pancolar 50/1.8.
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M 85/2 - in appearance and results.
11-06-2012, 11:47 AM   #19
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My K15/3.5.


11-06-2012, 12:28 PM   #20
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The thread title didn't say Pentax or even interchangeable....
So my vote goes for the lens & shutter mechanisms on my old 616 roll-film folding cameras. The elegance of the engravings, the various types and styles of levers and the finish all speak of craftsmanship from a much more mechanical age.
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For me function is beauty.
Given that it's easy - the FA 35. Small, light, fast, sharp and a versatile FL.
It would be my single "desert island" lens if I had to make that choice.
11-06-2012, 01:35 PM   #22
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Pretty look is indeed coupled with pretty results, but to me the FA 77 is quite the work of art and science and engineering all in one.
11-06-2012, 02:11 PM   #23
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DA21 comes to mind. DFA 100 macro WR is also very elegant, and the DA* 60-250 has beef and style. But I think the DA21 still is the most "pretty"...

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QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote
DFA 100 macro WR is also very elegant
Can I change my vote to this?

Or the FA*24
11-06-2012, 02:20 PM   #25
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Appearance-wise it would easily be the one built into my old Ricoh Jet/500 rangefinder. If we're talking lenses I can actually swap out and use on an SLR, I'm not sure.

If I had to go for pure looks, I'd probably have to go with the old Sigma Mini-tele 135mm f/3.5 I picked up basically for free. It was in a junk lot I won for 99 cents off eBay, but it looks like it was just built yesterday. Flawless glass, nice balance of silver and black for the lens itself, nice heft, and utterly unusable by me because I don't own an old school Canon to mount it on. One reason (besides the handful of old school camera straps in the lot) I made the bid was because it showed a lens case with no description about what was in it. Turned out to be the Sigma.

The lens is so lovely I'm almost tempted to find a cheap Canon to use it on, except I'd be opening a door for myself for LBA I don't wish to enter through.

If I ever see one in Pentax mount I'll probably grab it just to see if it performs as nice as it looks.

EDIT: I we're going for performance, then we're talking one of my old 50's, and they're all ugly as sin.
11-06-2012, 02:27 PM   #26
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11-06-2012, 02:29 PM   #27
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The FA*24/2 for me, too. It's been criticised for being the least *-like in its IQ (I don't mind it, though), but it certainly looks the business on the K-5.

Aesthetically (and its hard to analyse these things, I concede) I believe that the balance of silver and black, when coupled with the original hood, along with the size and curvature of the front element provide a visual impression of lightness and power that the plain FAs lack.

I don't mean to sound like an art critic (and I probably don't, to an art critic), but I do wonder where this notion of beauty comes from, when we talk about inanimate objects.
11-06-2012, 03:33 PM   #28
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Too hard !!!
oh ok, this one

11-06-2012, 03:54 PM   #29
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Gotta be the FA77 Limited with the hood pulled back. Its the most feline of Pentax's lens.
11-06-2012, 05:25 PM   #30
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Actual lens:
Pentax A28mmF2.8
It's just a lovely looking lens, compact, simple, and little details like the slight bevel to the front of the focus ring.

Pentax A50mmF1.7
Crisp, clean, very nice contrast/colour. My best lens.
(the 28mm would be nice if it wasn't full of fungus)

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