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02-02-2014, 08:46 PM   #1
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Those special legacy lenses

I haven't found any Pentax branded lenses to be dogs but which ones possess something special that sets it apart from other legacy lenses. For example one of my favorite lenses is my A50f1.7 but I can't say that I have found anything in particular that sets it apart from other fast fifties. They are all excellent.

It also doesn't have to be a pentax lens to be considered but preferably not a bunch of rare lenses that most couldn't afford if they even found one.

First up is my Super Takumar 105 - My DFA100WR has similar specs but there's something a little different about the photos and obviously the handling of the lens. I can't seem any photos that do it justice though.







Next up is my rarely used M50macro - This lens is alright for landscapes and portraits but I would never use it over a fast fifty. I don't use it enough since I got the longer DFA100WR but it is exceptional at macro. This (or the 100mf4) are great ways to begin macro.



The jury is still out on my copy of the K35f3.5. It disappointed me on one occasion but I think that was user error.

Next up on my LBA list is the K28f3.5 and probably the M85f2 but what others do you think are worthy of being on the list?

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I actually prefer the rendering of the M 28/3.5 to the K version. I don't know what it is about the lens, but it's a great one.
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I would have to say my M50 1.7 compared to the other 50s I have used it is less prone to CA and far more sharp.

I also have an affinity for my Tokina RMC 35-105 I have found it to have great contrast and is pretty sharp when stopped down a little.

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I get great images out of my 28/3.5M, love the 50/1.4A and enjoy the 35-105/3.5A - not quite the "stack of primes" that some people claim, but closer enough.

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I am a HUGE fan of my A 100/2.8. My A 50/1.7 is also near and dear to me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by abacus07 Quote

The jury is still out on my copy of the K35f3.5. It disappointed me on one occasion but I think that was user error.

Next up on my LBA list is the K28f3.5 and probably the M85f2 but what others do you think are worthy of being on the list?
I find it difficult to believe that the K 35 f3.5 would disappoint anyone, it is certainly worth you trying it again.
As for for K 28 f3.5 it is definitely worth keeping on your list.

See my post #1718 in the K Lens club

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Those special legacy lenses
I must admit I've got one or two that I'm rather partial too...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ray-uk Quote
I find it difficult to believe that the K 35 f3.5 would disappoint anyone, it is certainly worth you trying it again.
As for for K 28 f3.5 it is definitely worth keeping on your list.

See my post #1718 in the K Lens club
I've always wondered why the K 35/3.5 is rated so much higher than the S-M-C Takumar 35/3.5.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ray-uk Quote
I find it difficult to believe that the K 35 f3.5 would disappoint anyone, it is certainly worth you trying it again.
As for for K 28 f3.5 it is definitely worth keeping on your list.
^^ THIS

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I've always wondered why the K 35/3.5 is rated so much higher than the S-M-C Takumar 35/3.5.
Yes, considering they are esentially the same lens. Maybe coatings? Maybe the K version the front element is set farther down in the barrel so it has a natural hood (more contrast / less flare)?

I don't know why, but I've had both and I'll never, ever, ever let go of my K35/3.5. Or my K200/2.5.

For a price you can have anything else.
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I find it difficult to believe that the K 35 f3.5 would disappoint anyone, it is certainly worth you trying it again.
As for for K 28 f3.5 it is definitely worth keeping on your list.

See my post #1718 in the K Lens club
I definitely haven't given up on it. It's just that I can't consider it a special lens yet. One negative for it (in my kit) is that I always carry the faster DA40 or A50f1.7 and the K35f3.5 is a little too close to carry most of the time.

The A/M 100f2.8 has tempted me before but I'm quite happy with a super tak 105, DFA 100 and M135f3.5.
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One legacy lens I consider to be underrated is the A 135/2.8.

Years ago Stan's Pentax Photography had this to say about it.

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Arne Lie - . . . I think you should avoid this one. . .

George Stanley - . . . Wide open at f/2.8 the resolution and contrast is very, very poor, and the lens does not get really sharp till f/5.6. Pentax tried to cut costs with this lens,. . . it was discontinued after a short & sad life.

Yoshihiko Takinami - . . . As for the optical performance, . . . A135/2.8 is a bit soft.

David S - . . . it is not a sharp lens & you should avoid it.
My experience has been the opposite.








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