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03-12-2008, 05:11 PM   #1
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Use of M42 lenses

I 've recently purchased three sparkling but very sheep M42 takumars, one IFOCO and a M42/K-adapter:

I paid 15 or about $ 9.66 for this set ():
smc Super Takumar 28mm F3.5 + case + 2 caps
smc Super Takumar 135mm F2.5 + case + 2 caps
smc Super Takumar 150mm F4 + 2 caps
IFOCO Auto 28mm F2.8 + 2 caps ( 55)
and 21 or $ 32 for a genuine Pentax M21/K-adapter!!!

The first three have a manual-auto 'switch'. Does anybody know if it's possible to operate the apture in 'auto' on a K10D?

Anyway, all hints and tips are welcome!
Frederik

03-12-2008, 05:22 PM   #2
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Well first of all, that 2.5 135MM is worth quite a lot all by itself! Good buy! I saw one go for about 180 recently on feebay I think.

You have to set it to manual and meter the shot. (I honestly get 80% great results wide open in auto picture mode). I have the 135 2.5 SMC and a SMC 17mm fisheye and both work pretty well on auto. Of course I also have to use Av mode and adjust for certain lighting. This is my limited minimal knowledge on m42 shooting.
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wow ... what a deal :| ... i'd feel guilty for getting lenses so cheap
the Auto switch doesn't work ... you must manually stop down and meter in Manual by pressing the AE-L button
03-13-2008, 09:17 AM   #4
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M42 usage

Tips are still welcome!

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a great thread on DPReview about manual lenses on the K100D, but a nice follow up post on M42 lenses
Re: K100D (Super) Pictorial guide to using manual lenses [imgs]: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review
03-14-2008, 03:09 AM   #6
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Great thread indeed!
Thx K100D!
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Can I please kill you and take your 28?

You could sell them here in Romania for about 70 euros a pop.
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