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06-29-2008, 09:02 PM   #1
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DA lens film camera compatibility?

i'm told that a few DA lenses, including in particular the DA40, have film-sized image circles. i'm thinking i'd like a lightweight film setup, and don't want to buy an old M40 pancake lens since i already have a DA40, and so i'm wondering what generations of film cameras can communicate effectively with the DA lenses, and if any hacks are involved to make things work - can anybody with experience tell me what in particular i need to be looking for?

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Most of the AF bodies will do it, but you need one that will give you control over aperture from the body.
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QuoteOriginally posted by q10 Quote
i'm told that a few DA lenses, including in particular the DA40, have film-sized image circles. i'm thinking i'd like a lightweight film setup, and don't want to buy an old M40 pancake lens since i already have a DA40, and so i'm wondering what generations of film cameras can communicate effectively with the DA lenses, and if any hacks are involved to make things work - can anybody with experience tell me what in particular i need to be looking for?
Any of the old Programmed cameras should do it, though you will have to use programmed AE or shutter preferred auto.
You'll be stuck with auto exposure on the real old stuff,
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I'm sure it will work but, DA and DA* lenses are not full frame are they? Therefore you'd get vignetting correct? Please correct me if I'm wrong as I'd love to try my 50-135 on a MZ-S I have my eyes on.

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QuoteOriginally posted by metalfab Quote
I'm sure it will work but, DA and DA* lenses are not full frame are they? Therefore you'd get vignetting correct? Please correct me if I'm wrong as I'd love to try my 50-135 on a MZ-S I have my eyes on.
I am 100% that DA200mm is full frame as it has exactly the optics of FA*200mm plus hsm and weatherseal .
Try out your 50-135mm and report your finding. I bet it should show no vignetting as well

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check this thread:


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I'm sure it will work but, DA and DA* lenses are not full frame are they? Therefore you'd get vignetting correct? Please correct me if I'm wrong as I'd love to try my 50-135 on a MZ-S I have my eyes on.
Some of them cover the 35mm format. The DA40 is, apparently, pretty much the same optical formula as the old pancake. The longer telephotos probably will cover, unless they have been baffled down, simply because long lenses tend to have bigger image circles.
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Here is a shot using DA*50-135 on PZ-1P.

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I've used my DA 40mm on my ME-Super. I can verify that it works, but it's at f22 because there is no "program" setting on the ME-super. So if you don't mind f22, then no problems!
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I was wondering the same and started this thread:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/25132-da-lense...e-capable.html

Here is a list of DA lenses that are FF capable:
Pentax Lens/Camera Compatibility - Mark Roberts Photography
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Even the kit 18-55 gives usable (depending on what you are looking to do with them) images at the wide end on a film body, and vignetting disappears entirely at longer focal lengths. Unfortunately I don't have electronic aperature control on my film body, so I can't help you there.

18-55 @ 18mm on a k1000
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The flare comes from shooting without the lens hood (because it increased vignetting) and into the sun.
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thanks to everybody for their replies - following the links, it looks like what i'm looking for is any body that's listed as offering full compatibility with FA-J lenses, which is something relatively easy to check.
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