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01-27-2014, 08:17 AM   #1
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New old lens suggestions please!

Member since dec 2012 - LBA striked me short enough after wards. I was a total Camera rookie..
Now, my newer lenses are mostly getting dusty while my mf-lenses is on 95 % of the time.

Camera K-5

Please post good suggestions and why you love the lens. Not necesarry Takumar and Pentax-lenses.
It would be nice if itīs in the more affordable range.


(Ok. The lenses I got: So you dont have to suggest these, I already love the most of them)

Takumar: (S.M.C) 28/3.5, Auto Takumar 35/3.5(SMC) 50/1.4, Super Macro Takumar 50 F4, 55/1.8, 105/2.8, 200/F4
Meyer Lydith, 30/3.5 Meyer Zebra 135 2.8
Yashicor 200/3.5
Helios 44-3 (mc version of 44-2)

Pentax M 135/2.5 and Pentax M 85 F2, Pentax K 55/1.8

Soligor/Kiron 250 F4.5 -


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01-27-2014, 08:58 AM   #2
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I have and love the early 8-element SuperTak 50/1.4. It renders differently to the later version. Another lens which renders uniquely is the Helios 44 (-2, -3, whichever).

I am sorely tempted by an A 50, either the 1.7 or 1.4, probably both. This is so I can keep flash automation.

The Zeiss Pancolar 50/1.8 is another 50 with a different look to it. It also focuses a wee bit closer than other fast 50s.

And the most unique rendering of all is probably the Volna-9. Star shaped bokeh circles and a unique bokeh blur.
01-27-2014, 09:33 AM   #3
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Lens suggestions

In the budget category, I highly recommend:

Pentax-M 50 mm f 1.7 or the A version of the same lens if more automation is important. I own both and like the M a little better since I shoot totally manual and do not need the A setting.

I definitely support Kozlok on the Helios 44-4 K 58 mm, f 2.0. I like the rendering and the sharpness. I really like having the K version to avoid use of adapters, but I have other Russian screwmount lens, and the adapters work fine.

Auto Sears 50 mm f 2.0. I do not know who made this lens for Sears, but my copy says Made in Japan, so it is not a Samsung. However, the rendering is wonderful and it is sharp as a tack. You can pick up these old Auto Sears lens for next to nothing when they come up on eBay. No A setting so this lens is totally manual

Another Auto Sears is the 135 mm f 2.8 which is curiously labelled "f = 135mm." This makes an excellent portrait lens, and lets you stand back a nice distance from the subject. I like it a lot, and again copies are pretty much dirt cheap on eBay. Also, no A setting on aperture ring, so totally manual.

Hope this is helpful.

Here are couple of Auto Sears lenses on ebay, the 135 mentioned above plus a 28 mm, which I have never owned, but suspect would be good.

2 Sears Camera Lens Multi Coated 1 1 28 F 135mm 1 1 28 F 28mm Auto | eBay

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01-27-2014, 10:08 AM   #4
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You've got a nice selection of lenses in different focal lengths. Seems to me you'd benefit from a 24mm. I really like my Sigma 24,, 2.8. Very sharp, and has the 'A' setting.

I see the Meyer Lydith, 30/3.5 from time to time on eBay and am tempted to bid. What's your impression?

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Lens I picked up recently and which i am really pleased with: Jupter 11A 135mm f4. 1/4 of the price of a CZJ and little to choose between them. The other Russian sonnar 135's (Tair etc ) are also well regarded.

One of my lenses I use the most: Sigma superwide 24mm. I got lucky and picked mine up for 50 bucks (equiv) - in any event i would highly recommend this focal length, very versatile on apsc.
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More Lenses?

Hello Cloapex,
That's certainly an interesting group of lenses you have! Lots of character and unusual-rendering glass, different looks.
The wonderful magic of the K-mount!
Anyway, I checked your profile to find if you were shooting digital or film. I see you have a K100D SLR, so I'd suggest looking into a wider prime, like the Miranda 24mm f/2.8 MC. I like it more than the Sigma Super-Wide, but it is much more hard-to-find in PK-A.
Also the Pentax M 100mm f/4.0 Macro is a great value and the perfect 'starter' macro for the system you now have.
Last, if you're still using the K100D, I'd suggest a camera upgrade to get more out of the glass you have. Even the inexpensive upgrade to a used K10D would give you better resolution and still retain the great tonal range of the CCD 6mp sensor used on the K100D.
An even bigger jump would be to a used K-5 (series) body, and with K-3 sales being so strong, the prices are lowering.
Just some ideas for you,
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I'll second the promo for the M 100/4 macro. I have the "Dental" version - it has a few extra engravings but is otherwise identical to the non-dental version. This lens is sharp as can be. 1:2 is good enough for bugs, and I have a 50mm extension tube that brings it to 1:1 when I need to.
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Thank you for tips. I forgot to mention that i shoot with a K-5 and that I got the Helios 44-3 in the lens list. (It took me an hour to file it down to fit)

One of my favourites is the super macro takumar, so i might check out the m 100 if it could be something. (I posted some pictures in the lens review)

I mas thinking about a fast 28 and also curious of the K 50 1.2 or other alteratives.

For the meyer lydith is swirly and center sharp a little bit as a helios and i can Recommend it.

The sigma 24 i want to check that out as well.

For you who like MF Lenses there is a club on Facebook "mf lenses gallery" where u post manual taken pictures and im pretty lonely there defending the honor of takumar


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Johnyates;

Some reasons for buying Lydith:

Meyer-Optik Lydith 30/3.5 - a set on Flickr
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cloapex Quote
Some reasons for buying Lydith:

Meyer-Optik Lydith 30/3.5 - a set on Flickr
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