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04-16-2010, 04:41 AM   #1
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[langtitle=sv]Would my Chinon lenses fit to a Pentax dSLR?[/langtitle]

Dear forum users, I am new here, so please have some patience with me (and feel free to welcome me)

Anyway 1, I got an old Chinon CE-4 with two lenses, its a great robust camera! Do they make these cameras nowadays? If I dropped it It would probably brake my knee and not itself!

Anyway 2, I noticed Pentax used the same mount for their cameras during this time. My question is then, would it be possible to buy a Pentax d-SLR, mount the lenses from the Chinon camera on to it, and use it without any problems? Would an adapter or smth be needed?

Im wondering since Im new to photographing with system cameras, and its really fun, I thougt of buying a d-SLR, and so why not something that fits with my old lenses....
Would a Pentax K100d be a good choice for a novice? Ive been offered to buy one for about 200€....If the lenses wouldnt fit, what are still the arguments to buy Pentax and not Canon or Nikon?
I must admit Pentax has a cooler name at least....

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Hi,welcome here
I guess that chinon lenses are M42,so all you have to need is buy an adapter to them.there is a pentax one,wich is said to be the best,you can find it for cheap in the market place,ebay,etc...
I guess that is a very cool price on the K100D,I bought my self a k110D used with the sigma lenses on my sig for 250eur.As you may know,the k110D=K100 - Shake Reduction.
I prefered Pentax instead of Canikon because of the following reasons:

*Compatibility with M42 lenses (although on canon you have lots of adapters,you have to choose the right one on millions of china made adapters,on pentax,you only have to chose the original one )

*The price used - as in Portugal there isn't a lot of people choosing pentax they go into slighty lower prices than canikon.

*The fact of using AA batteries instead of a battery.
*The huge amount of old cheap and awesome pentax mount lenses available on the used market.
*The reliability of the brand - after lots of reading in portuguese forums I never found a pentax dslr with problems.

Well guess that's all,hope it helps
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The CE-4 used the Pentax bayonet K mount. The lenses will work with all Pentax DSLR's.
Be sure to read the manual on how to setup up the camera for manual lens use.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wildlifephotog Quote
The CE-4 used the Pentax bayonet K mount. The lenses will work with all Pentax DSLR's.
Be sure to read the manual on how to setup up the camera for manual lens use.
Or read this sticky thread

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-beginners-corner-q/59272-shooting-...x-dslrs-f.html

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I noticed Pentax used the same mount for their cameras during this time
you mean chinon used pentax's mount at that time. and yes you can mount and use those lenses in manual mode with stop down metering. it would be helpful to read through the link provided above.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wildlifephotog Quote
The CE-4 used the Pentax bayonet K mount. The lenses will work with all Pentax DSLR's.
Be sure to read the manual on how to setup up the camera for manual lens use.

Wildlifephotog is correct, the CE-4 is a k-mount; exactly the same as the Pentax. It's predecessor, the CE-3 is a m42 screw mount, however. Therefore, the Chinon lens that works on the CE-4 should also work on the Pentax dslr. No adapter is needed. The Chinon lens you have are likely manual focus lens - and you should have no problem using it if you follow the instructions given in various posted about using manual focus lens on the Pentax dslr.

I have quite a few of these Chinon lenses - they are quite good. Enjoy the world of manual focus photography.
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As stated, the m42 will work with an adapter. The K mount Chinon lenses are compatible as well. Chinon's A bodies were interesting in that they didn't require the A contacts. The one exception is that Chinon's AF stuff will not work, at least in AF. Both Ricoh and Chinon's K-mount evolved away from the Pentax version when they started developing AF. Chinon's glass overall is actually very good. While their selection wasn't broad, what they had was good.

Edit: There is a lot of info at Butkus' site about Chinon since that was one of the original reasons he started the site.

http://www.butkus.org/chinon/
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Thanks for all response,on the lenses it says "Auto Chinon". Its two 50 mm lenses and one 135 mm lense.

Was thinking about:
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"The Chinon lens you have are likely manual focus lens - and you should have no problem using it if you follow the instructions given in various posted about using manual focus lens on the Pentax dslr."
Would this means that these are worthless trying to use on a d-SLR? Or just me missing smth....

I also have a Pentax lens cap, which might mean that my grandfather (who had this camera) had a pentax lens.

Probably he had more cameras and lenses, but since his wifes side of the family stole half the house when he died, I dont know

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sarajevo Quote
Thanks for all response,on the lenses it says "Auto Chinon". Its two 50 mm lenses and one 135 mm lense.

Was thinking about:

Would this means that these are worthless trying to use on a d-SLR? Or just me missing smth....

I also have a Pentax lens cap, which might mean that my grandfather (who had this camera) had a pentax lens.

Probably he had more cameras and lenses, but since his wifes side of the family stole half the house when he died, I dont know
ive never used a chinon lens or camera, but I assume that the 'auto' part is auto-aperture but no pentax 'A' contacts. so it will act just like any manual pentax kmount lens on a dslr. this means that no, it wont be as easy to use on a dslr as it would be on a manual chinon or pentax film camera, or as easy as using a modern pentax lens but the pentax dslr will be able to use it, and with a little practice, you can get stunning photos (photographer talent not withstanding of course)

if you are getting a good deal on the K100d, I see no reason not to purchase it and have fun using your chinon lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by séamuis Quote
ive never used a chinon lens or camera, but I assume that the 'auto' part is auto-aperture but no pentax 'A' contacts. so it will act just like any manual pentax kmount lens on a dslr. this means that no, it wont be as easy to use on a dslr as it would be on a manual chinon or pentax film camera, or as easy as using a modern pentax lens but the pentax dslr will be able to use it, and with a little practice, you can get stunning photos (photographer talent not withstanding of course)

if you are getting a good deal on the K100d, I see no reason not to purchase it and have fun using your chinon lenses.
I think you are correct, the CE-4 has the push-in lever next to the mount; this lever functions very much like a "AE-L" button for auto-aperture metering but it does not have electrical contact on the lens itself as in Pentax "A" lens. The K100D is a good basic camera to use (will need to use the AE-L button) for stop down metering. I attach here the photos of my Auto Chinon multicoated (gold and blue lettering) and the picture taken with this lens for your reference.

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Hello everybody!
Thanks for the advices here that would be of big help to me!
Although I can't see here any feedback from Sarajevo, I hope everything went well with adapting Chinon lenses to Pentax Dslr!
I will do the same attempt shortly and join the society of the proud Pentax owners!
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I have used a 50mm Auto Chinon lens on my k10d - it was from a CE-5, which was the same as the CE-4 but with a faster top shutter speed.

As the guide linked to will tell you , it fits perfectly, and everything is manual - stop down metering and all. As I recall you do get a focus confirmation though. I quite liked it and keep an eye out for them in charity shops. This was taken with k10d / Auto Chinon 50mm f1.7 @ f1.7.

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Have an Auto Chinon 50 f1.9 here, works a charm on my K20D. Careful though, it started my ascent into lba!





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QuoteOriginally posted by Northern Soul Quote
I have used a 50mm Auto Chinon lens on my k10d - it was from a CE-5, which was the same as the CE-4 but with a faster top shutter speed. As the guide linked to will tell you , it fits perfectly, and everything is manual - stop down metering and all. As I recall you do get a focus confirmation though. I quite liked it and keep an eye out for them in charity shops. This was taken with k10d / Auto Chinon 50mm f1.7 @ f1.7.
QuoteOriginally posted by robbiec Quote
Have an Auto Chinon 50 f1.9 here, works a charm on my K20D. Careful though, it started my ascent into lba!
Thanks!
I have the same Auto Chinon 50mm f1.7, and in addition one 200mm and a another one 35-200mm left after my last Chinon CP-5 from my student years. I plan to purchase K20D or K-x. So everything fits!
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