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03-05-2019, 12:49 PM   #16
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nice lens, I like my copy

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03-05-2019, 12:53 PM   #17
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One thing is that A series lenses sometimes have differences in build quality, seemingly always centering on the aperture ring itself. A series lenses were sometimes made with plastic rings which crack or develop other problems. On a Pentax body that can control the aperture itself, put the ring into the A position and leave it there.

One area where the M series seems to generally outshine the K's is zoom lenses. I don't think any of the K zooms are really that well regarded where as there are some M's which seem pretty decent. A series zooms are as good or better than the M's, I think. I own none of them so take this all with a grain of salt. Some M primes seem better than K's but this can become hotly debated. I have seven of the M series primes and they're all pretty good to extremely great in my estimation; the M 40 probably the worst from an IQ standpoint, the M 50 1.7 the best.
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QuoteOriginally posted by buzzardluck Quote
A special Fat Tuesday thank you for all of those who reached out to assist me. I studied and learned and decided to purchase a SMC Pentex A 50mm prime F 1.4 lens, to work with my recommended K-5 camera body. It was very affordable and I'm looking forward to receiving it. Thank you again, I love this place!
Gongratulations on a new lens. It's always fun to get a new one.

Thought with A lens you have other options available, I suggest to keep the camera on M mode at first, so you need to make all decicions by yourself and have a chance to learn full control over shooting.
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That will get you started. Now you can plan your next lens purchase.

03-05-2019, 06:37 PM   #20
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nice lens, I like my copy

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After I meld with it I will write a review!

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QuoteOriginally posted by pres589 Quote
One thing is that A series lenses sometimes have differences in build quality, seemingly always centering on the aperture ring itself. A series lenses were sometimes made with plastic rings which crack or develop other problems. On a Pentax body that can control the aperture itself, put the ring into the A position and leave it there.

One area where the M series seems to generally outshine the K's is zoom lenses. I don't think any of the K zooms are really that well regarded where as there are some M's which seem pretty decent. A series zooms are as good or better than the M's, I think. I own none of them so take this all with a grain of salt. Some M primes seem better than K's but this can become hotly debated. I have seven of the M series primes and they're all pretty good to extremely great in my estimation; the M 40 probably the worst from an IQ standpoint, the M 50 1.7 the best.
Thanks for the info pres589...

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That will get you started. Now you can plan your next lens purchase.
LOL...and no doubt that will be soon!

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QuoteOriginally posted by iheiramo Quote
Gongratulations on a new lens. It's always fun to get a new one.

Thought with A lens you have other options available, I suggest to keep the camera on M mode at first, so you need to make all decicions by yourself and have a chance to learn full control over shooting.
Right you are...I love the choice of using my old skills again; of course, as a buzzard you never know how it goes...lol.
03-05-2019, 07:28 PM   #21
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QuoteOriginally posted by Riggomatic Quote
That will get you started. Now you can plan your next lens purchase.
QuoteOriginally posted by buzzardluck Quote
. . . LOL...and no doubt that will be soon!
beware LBA [ Lens Buying Addiction ] and GAS [ Gear Acquisition Syndrome ]

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Aslyfox, no worry, I have NFM syndrome...no frigging money!
03-06-2019, 04:36 PM   #23
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This website provides a very comprehensive breakdown of every K-mount lens with related information. The basic site covers just about everything Pentax, bodies, lenses, accessories, you name it.

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Aslyfox, no worry, I have NFM syndrome...no frigging money!
I have somehow accumulated 140+ lenses and 115 cameras despite having no money...
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QuoteOriginally posted by buzzardluck Quote
A special Fat Tuesday thank you for all of those who reached out to assist me. I studied and learned and decided to purchase a SMC Pentex A 50mm prime F 1.4 lens, to work with my recommended K-5 camera body. It was very affordable and I'm looking forward to receiving it. Thank you again, I love this place!
A shrewd choice for a fairly new user. Fabulous lens, especially f/2.8 + if you are a sharpness shooter but also has the classic fim era ability to promote the central subject by softening the edges just a bit - all manageable from the camera body. Have fun!
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I have somehow accumulated 140+ lenses and 115 cameras despite having no money...
I’ll gladly help you reduce your gear storage burden but you’ll still have no money.
03-07-2019, 10:41 AM   #27
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This website provides a very comprehensive breakdown of every K-mount lens with related information. The basic site covers just about everything Pentax, bodies, lenses, accessories, you name it.
This is a treasure trove of information, I cannot thank you enough!

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A shrewd choice for a fairly new user. Fabulous lens, especially f/2.8 + if you are a sharpness shooter but also has the classic fim era ability to promote the central subject by softening the edges just a bit - all manageable from the camera body. Have fun!
Thanks! Immersing my mind in the available information was a challenge. The info here was extremely helpful.

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Omg Boriscleto, that's quite an accomplishment! You have sight that few others have. wow. You are among the pantheon of Pentax gods....lol.
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No you dont. The earliest series of K-mount lenses are designated SMC or smc, and are often refered to as "K". After that came the M series, then the A series. All three are manual focus and will fit you camera without an adapter. The A series will operate in auto exposure modes if the aperture ring is set to the A position.
Just be careful when buying used lenses. The last of the M42 screw-mount lenses were also labeled as SMC or Super-Multi-Coated. An SMC lens can be either M42 or K-mount.
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Just be careful when buying used lenses. The last of the M42 screw-mount lenses were also labeled as SMC or Super-Multi-Coated. An SMC lens can be either M42 or K-mount.
But they are clearly marked SMC Takumar. K series lenses are clearly marked SMC Pentax.
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I will have to learn the various functions of the camera and lens relative to their working together by writing down each one and condensing it for use when shooting. The complexities will simplify with use. It makes me wonder if anyone has the brain to carry the various combinations of uses given the lens selections. I may have to limit my choices and get used to just a few. When I was a kid playing golf, I could shoot par with a driver, a five iron and a putter not to mention the lake balls I was using. LOL
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