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04-09-2015, 09:05 PM   #1
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Lately i've been entertaining the idea of swapping a modest Nikon collection for a Pentax SLR and lenses with the sole purpose of shooting through vintage Pentax glass. Most of my lenses are Tamron Adaptalls but i do have a few good Nikkor primes I can part with that would make the transition easier - on the pocket book anyway - but the reality is that i'm not able to justify spending a few thousand for the very best Pentax primes. Now i'm wondering if an SMC 50mm 1.7 is any better than a Nikkor 50mm 1.8?
How about the SMC 24mm f/2.8 versus the Nikkor 24mm AI version.
SMC 20mm f/2.8 vs a Nikkor 20mm with similar specs, 135mm f/3.5 etc.

I don't need to be blown away, but i also don't want to 1:1 crop everything in order to detect a slight difference in product.


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The answer is Yes on all accounts...
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Interesting piece... if you're looking for old manual glass, you could get a 50mm f/1.4 for ~ $75 USD. I know I did.

I'm by no means a pro, and this was from my 50mm f/1.4
https://www.flickr.com/photos/formercanuck/16204647994/in/photostream/lightbox/
http://www.dslreports.com/pics/resize/170569?key=
http://www.dslreports.com/pics/resize/170568?key=

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04-10-2015, 04:52 PM   #4
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Well it's nice to know the consumer can buy a superior product for about the same price as a "lesser" one. Why do you suppose that is? Brand loyalty, marketing

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If you have Nikon lenses you want to shoot on a Pentax body, you should take a look at the Pentax K+ Multi-Mount:

Pentax K+ Multi-Mount - Adaptist
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Interesting, I'm looking to shoot through Pentax primes, onto film
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