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10-28-2008, 05:32 PM   #16
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I've sent you a private email.
I'm interested in both lens.

Thanks!
The power zoom is my favorite zoom. I sold it a while ago for $45 or something like that. I like it better than my kit's lens for the range. It is not built like a tank, but it has the SMC coating and color is rich and has great contrast. And it has good close up capability. It is not a macro by any means, but I recall MFD is quite good for close up.


But I have not tested the F 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5. That is the closest AF lens that is in similar focal range to DA* 50-135 and hence my LBA. And I expect similar IQ to the power zoom but the range will be more useful in the F 35-135 f/3.5-4.5 and it really fits into your budget.

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If you are scared, you can check my feedbacks. My LBA is unmanaged if no one buy my lens that I explored.
you've been buying up everything in sight! you have my old DA21 too, take good care of it

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k100d, those were my questions earlier this morning. Those manual lenses looks good, but I've never played with the M mode, I sometime play with the Tv or Av mode after looking what Auto gives me as a value.
personally, i had a pretty bad experiences with manual lenses. as you're starting out, it's probably better to get a lens with the Automatic Exposure compatibility. the lenses themselves were awesome, it's just the stop-down metering was too inaccurate. hard to get good snaps in changing lighting conditions.
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you've been buying up everything in sight! you have my old DA21 too, take good care of it
Yes, I will take good care of your lens. I sold my Spiratone 20mm f/2.8 before getting your used copy of DA 21mm limited. I love the limited prime but I find f/3.2 not fast enough for some of my indoor needs. In hindsight, I should have kept my Spiratone as a good complement to the 21mm limited. The DA 21mm f/3.2 limited is a wonderful lens and I like its pictures so far.

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personally, i had a pretty bad experiences with manual lenses. as you're starting out, it's probably better to get a lens with the Automatic Exposure compatibility. the lenses themselves were awesome, it's just the stop-down metering was too inaccurate. hard to get good snaps in changing lighting conditions.
I may have to slightly disagree with you as a bigger portion of my gear are all in manual focus and metering. Your point is correct that it can be frustrating and daunting at first with M lens. I think MF lens as in M and M42 lens make up the lacking in slow AF system in Pentax gear. I am sending a Sear 135mm f/2.8 to YJD for free along with two AF lens so as to try manual focusing lens with a free lens. The lens is not the best in the class for 135mm but it should serve the purpose well in MF learning. I learn my first MF lens with Takumar A 28-80 f/3.5-5.6 which has a slippery focusing ring. IQ is reasonable but I won't recommend this lens over Kit's lens, especially when someone already owns a kit's lens. As stated before, it is worth the efforts to learn MF with a prime.

With M lens without an 'A' setting, as long as it is in K mount, I still manage to use 'Av' mode for most cases and adjust the metering discrepancies with Ev adjustment. In M mode, I will use the stop down metering with 'green' button on K10D and AE-L button on K100D Super. It can slow you down a bit but adds the advantage to the challenge and the thrill and accomplishment in getting a photo stand out. It gives you some room to articulate composition as the whole process requires concentration and thinking.

And for M lens in general such as the Sears or any M42 lens, there are two important settings to be tuned and I have an old blog post on the settings:

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10-29-2008, 01:35 PM   #19
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Thanks for the link and the lens!
I am so happy to be able to try a manual lens... I'll post pictures when I'll get the lens and have time to play with it.

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