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09-10-2009, 06:14 PM   #16
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I thought everyone had a K1000

Ah, the K1000 - my first SLR, purchased with the SMC PENTAX-A 1:2 50mm kit lens.

I have the SMC PENTAX-M 1:2.8 28mm & the SMC PENTAX-M ZOOM 1:3.5 28mm~1:4.5 50mm, both of which I picked up on eBay for about $50 - 75 each. Neither is outstanding, but both are quality lenses that produce good images.

I know I'm getting old, when I read this type of thread. Back in the days of film, 28mm was pretty wide - it really provided so much more opportunity and flexibility than a normal lens (50mm).

I also inherited a camera recently - a Nikon F3. I promise not to venture to often to the dark side. Though I do have thoughts of trying to find an LX on eBay and put them to a head to head test

09-10-2009, 07:56 PM   #17
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The "newspaper photographer's kit" was 28, 55 and 135 in the days before zooms. A 28mm on your film camera is a very nice wide lens. The family still has the 28/3.5 SMC-P M mounted on an ME. A very fine focal length to complement your other lenses on film.

Up here in the mountains, backing up room is a bit cramped at times, so I find 24mm (digital 16) to be my workaday wide angle. My wife is happily snapping aways with the MZ-S and FA 24-90 in my signature. If you can spring the cash for the 24-90, I think with would do a great job for you.

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