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10-27-2016, 07:47 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by pinholecam Quote
The M20/4 is so small and hence easily added to the bag when going out ('just in case') - so is that considered 'better'?
In practical, day to day terms - yes. Results look impressive too.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Piotrek K Quote
I'm wondering if the K-series ones are really better in IQ compared to the M-versions?
Well, you need to remember that the K lenses do not form a coherent series, the way the M lenses do.

Early K lenses were just M42 lenses remounted for the bayonet.
Then later, for example, the K 24/2.8 was introduced and marketed together with the M lenses,
and its only distinction from the majority of the M series was its 52mm filter ring diameter
(which nevertheless is shared with the M 200/4).

This is Pentax we are talking about, after all,
where the K3 replaced the K5 while the K50 replaced the K30,
so it isn't all going to be completely logical!
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My statement is that there are very few M lenses superior to the K lens they replaced, although the center performance is generally good, the more compact optical constructions probably did have a negative effect on the edge and corner performance (which you won't notice much on APS-C).
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QuoteOriginally posted by glasbak Quote
My statement is that there are very few M lenses superior to the K lens they replaced
The best lens is the lens you have with you!

While the tiny little M 20/4 has its optical faults (softness, mustache distortion),
a lot of users prefer it to the K 20/4 because it's just so easy to bring along.
And then they're blown away by the beautiful color rendering.

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I've never really noticed a significant difference in performance between my K-series lenses and my M-series ones. For the most part, as it applies to lenses, anything Pentax puts their name on is of decent quality. I think we worry about this stuff FAR too much.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TaoMaas Quote
I've never really noticed a significant difference in performance between my K-series lenses and my M-series ones. For the most part, as it applies to lenses, anything Pentax puts their name on is of decent quality. I think we worry about this stuff FAR too much.
Agree that we worry about this stuff far too much.

I have my favorites in all of the manual focus series. The SMC K 135/2.5 has remained one of my favorites for close to 40 years, getting another revival with the K1. The M 20mm/4 is another fave, for the reasons mentioned by several here. I'm also partial to my copy of the M50/1.4. One can't really generalize.
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