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08-23-2018, 11:10 PM   #1
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Film Travel Kit - Lens Suggestions

Hi everyone,

I'm heading off to New York and Montreal for a couple weeks and I'm planning on taking my ME Super and 2-3 lenses with me. I haven't done much travel photography before, but I'd like to keep things light, and take up as little space as possible. I imagine most of what I'll be doing will be street photography. I'm choosing between the following:

-Super Tak 50mm f/1.4
-SMC Tak 28mm f/3.5
-Auto Tak 35mm f/3.5
-Pentax F 35-70mm f/4
-Pentax K 55 f/1.8
-Pentax M 135 f/3.5

I was thinking of either sticking with the 50mm and 28mm taks, or the three k-mount lenses. I figure not switching out the m42 adapter would be kind of nice. What sort of kit would you all suggest?

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28, 50 and a point n' shoot around 35mm 2.8/3.5 (ish)

That's what I'd be using personally - I get most of my usage from Oly Xa/xa2 type things.

I don't personally use longer lenses much ymmv
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Maybe try Pentax M 50/1.7 len? It is compact and very price to value
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With what you have, the K55 would have to go. If you use the 135, take it also. The only other one you need is a 28, and you have the Takumar. For many years, my 3 lens kit was a 28, 50 and 135. Then I developed LBA. The rest is history.

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QuoteOriginally posted by twilhelm Quote
With what you have, the K55 would have to go. If you use the 135, take it also. The only other one you need is a 28, and you have the Takumar. For many years, my 3 lens kit was a 28, 50 and 135. Then I developed LBA. The rest is history.
28, 50 and 135 sound like a good idea to be set for all.
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+1 for 28, 50 and 135, although I often go with just 35 and 135 around the city
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-Super Tak 50mm f/1.4

-SMC Tak 28mm f/3.5

Enough!

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QuoteOriginally posted by twilhelm Quote
For many years, my 3 lens kit was a 28, 50 and 135. Then I developed LBA. The rest is history.
Sounds embarrassingly familiar! That was me and my ME for 30 years or so. Now I've got half a dozen digitals and 15-20 lenses!!

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QuoteOriginally posted by twilhelm Quote
For many years, my 3 lens kit was a 28, 50 and 135. Then I developed LBA. The rest is history.
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Sounds embarrassingly familiar! That was me and my ME for 30 years or so. Now I've got half a dozen digitals and 15-20 lenses!!
Same story for me. Used the 28/55/135 kit from 1975 to 2008, then everything changed because of LBA..........

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Take the three Taks, maybe leave the 35mm if you want less weight/space. Maybe look into a longer M42 option such as the 135/3.5 to avoid switching out the adapter, it's a very common and cheap lens.
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Take the m42 28 and 50 and buy a 135 in one of the shops on the trip. Or take the k 50, m 135, and buy a 28 or 35 on the trip.
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Wow, thanks for all the feedback everyone! Seems like taking the 135 with the 28 and 50 is the most popular option here, I guess the adapter isn't too much of a hassle. Or I could always take the K 55 instead of the Tak 50, and that way just leave the adapter on the 28. IQ haven't noticed much too difference between the 55 and the 50, and half a stop isn't gonna get me that much farther at night I think. From my understanding the K 55 is nearly identical to the takumar 55 f1.8 anyway? So I imagine it must be fairly similar to the 50, just maybe less of that pretty bokeh. Anyway, cheers guys!
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QuoteOriginally posted by jbookie Quote
Wow, thanks for all the feedback everyone! Seems like taking the 135 with the 28 and 50 is the most popular option here, I guess the adapter isn't too much of a hassle. Or I could always take the K 55 instead of the Tak 50, and that way just leave the adapter on the 28. IQ haven't noticed much too difference between the 55 and the 50, and half a stop isn't gonna get me that much farther at night I think. From my understanding the K 55 is nearly identical to the takumar 55 f1.8 anyway? So I imagine it must be fairly similar to the 50, just maybe less of that pretty bokeh. Anyway, cheers guys!
That's also a good plan. My only concern is that the adapter has a spring and doesn't mount and unmount quickly. You have to remove the lens to get it off.
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QuoteOriginally posted by AstroDave Quote
Sounds embarrassingly familiar! That was me and my ME for 30 years or so. Now I've got half a dozen digitals and 15-20 lenses!!
Funny thing is, the next lens I bought was an 85. I donít have that lens any more, but itís been replaced three ways from Sunday.
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That's also a good plan. My only concern is that the adapter has a spring and doesn't mount and unmount quickly. You have to remove the lens to get it off.
Yeah, that'll be a little annoying, but workable. Would be much more annoying if I was taking more than one tak with other k mount lenses though. If I find a decent looking 28mm K-mount in NYC I'll grab one, I imagine it won't be hard to find. I live in Edmonton, Canada, and pickings for old/second-hand lenses are slim unless you get lucky on craiglist/kijiji. Will be nice to have a look in proper camera shops in much bigger cities!
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