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02-15-2008, 03:39 PM   #1
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Philosofical question about lenses! (LBA)

I have LBA at it's best!

I just received my MX, and i plan to use it to learn more about manual photography.

I started buying primes by the end of last year with the idea of using them on the MX, so i started the hunt, in the process i got a FA35, FA28 , K50/1.2, M28v1, M28v2, M135 . (couldn't find any 20 or 24 at a good price)

My question to you is, what do you feel about using the FA lenses on the MX? is it hard to focus? is it better to use it with M or A lenses?

At least one of the M28 is going to be sold, and i'm strugling with the idea of selling the K50/1.2 to buy an FA50/1.4, don't know if this is a good trade :S

Do you think i should keep the manual 28 and 50 to use with the MX and the auto to use with the K100d ? (and forget the idea of the FA50)

Or sell the manuals and keep only the autos to use with the MX+K100d?


Thanks to everyone who managed to read up to this point

Sorry my english

02-15-2008, 03:43 PM   #2
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why do you need to sell everything?

are you broke?

just keep it all.
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If you can, keep everything! The plastic and sub-par focus rings of FA lenses feel incongruous on a solid metal tank like the MX.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Finn Quote
If you can, keep everything! The plastic and sub-par focus rings of FA lenses feel incongruous on a solid metal tank like the MX.
my thoughts exactly, unless you are really cash strapped, why part with anything.

What suprises me is why did you get an MX to practice manual photography? Except that the cost of processing will make you more diciplined (i.e. think about the shots more) a DSLR would be much better since you can learn so much more from it.

Put your camera in manual, set apature and shutter speed to match either the camera's meter, or an external one (once you set the ISO) focus manually if you wish. then after taking the shot, look at the histograms, etc. You will learn a log about exposure, focusing settings etc, but much faster because you see the results right away.

I have both the *istD and K10D, and a large portion of the time, they sit in manual. I generally pick a neutral solid subject to meter from, and just set shutter and apature, from that surface, and begin shooting. I have worked this way since my KX, you begin to be much more appreciative of the lighting when you set it manually, and think about your shutter speed and apature for what you want.

Auto functions are OK to get a minimally acceptable result, manual settings and thinking about the overall range of lighting, scene contrast ect, give you the best result.

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I don't know, i use my fathers old praktika (with no light meter working), and it feels diferent.. i can't explain.

Because of the costs of revelation, i feel much more "disciplined" when taking a photo, i always think about it twice before i press the button.

And B&W on film, looks much better.

i'm decided to sell the M28v1 and keep the others.

now, my only doubt is to sell the k50/1.2 or not to sell the k50/1.2 to buy the FA50/1.4
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now, my only doubt is to sell the k50/1.2 or not to sell the k50/1.2 to buy the FA50/1.4
I would never do that. The K50/1.2 is a legend on its own. The FA50/1.4 isn't all that special. I have just sold my copy to get the older F50/1.4.
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Ok, thank you all for your answers

This is my current gear:

MX + K50/1.2 + M28v2 + M135
(I donīt know if anyone has this M28 latest version, it's really an amazing lens)

K100d + FA28 + FA35 + DA18-55 + DA50-200


ahh, i almost forgot, and a zenitar 16mm.

My LBA is satisfied for now, the FA28 didn't arrived yet, i don't know if it's worth keeping it aside with the FA35.. i bought it mainly to satisfy the hunger for a FA20 that i couldn't find for a nice price

Oh well, i was also thinking in trading the FA's for a DA16-45, but i think i'm better with FA's.

Choices, choices, choices
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