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05-18-2008, 11:41 PM   #46
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Here are three of my SMC-M's.

I love these three and in particular the 35mm. The 35mm was not a big seller and a such is not too easy to find these days but not what I would call rare. Well worth hunting out if you need this focal length. Of course a 35mm lens on a 1.5x crop sensor gives you 52.5mm which is ideal for use a normal lens.

The 40mm is the pancake lens that many lust after although it's not particularly rare but it does command a price just for being what it is. It's not particularly fast either and is prone to flare. The small focusing and aperture rings make it a little fiddly to use as well. I like it though and it goes well my K1000.

The 28mm lens is more maligned. Although not really with any reason. Sure it's a little slow but overall it's a useful lens and is about as wide as you can go without splashing out lots of money for 24mm and wider.



I do have some others to go with them too. My full lineup of M's to date are ........

M28/3.5
M35/2.8
M40/2.8
M50/1.4
M50/2.0
M85/2.0
M100/2.8
M135/3.5
M200/4.0
M35-70
M80-200


My particular favourites are the 35/2.8, 50/1.4, 85/2.0, 135/3.5 and the 200/4.0
But overall the complete line of M's are pretty good lenses and always impress me with their performance.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Trawlerman Quote
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M28/3.5
M35/2.8
M40/2.8
M50/1.4
M50/2.0
M85/2.0
M100/2.8
M135/3.5
M200/4.0
M35-70
M80-200
I hate you. But where is the M24?
05-19-2008, 01:09 AM   #48
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QuoteOriginally posted by Trawlerman Quote
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M28/3.5
M35/2.8
M40/2.8
M50/1.4
M50/2.0
M85/2.0
M100/2.8
M135/3.5
M200/4.0
M35-70
M80-200


are you oke brother?




really nice collection
05-19-2008, 02:01 AM   #49
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A few i took with an M20/4, already sold it, but it was an excellent lens.







05-19-2008, 02:16 AM   #50
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Wow ... these are nice indeed.
Very nice indeed. Good to see some great shots deom good old glass.
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Really great pictures, everyone.

Too bad I can't join the club..
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Now you've done it, Jay. You've really p*ssed me off. That favourite M42 lens of mine was an 85mm f/1.9. I loved that lens, especially on 35mm, but as I said, trying to focus and meter stopped down manually was taxing me, like using an old pre-set diaphragm on 35mm. I've got zooms to take me from 12 to 200mm when convenience is a priority, but your 85mm shots just remind me of the hole between 50mm and 135mm in my primes. I may seek out an 85 somewhere, but I'm not expecting any bargains.

Everyone today seems so obsessed with covering entire ranges of focal lengths, though. I read people worrying about having holes in their coverage, but I can remember back in the day, when zooms weren't as widespread, that the general consensus was to work in multiples of 2. If you started with a 50mm normal, you would look for a 24 or 28mm wide angle, a 100mm and 200mm telephoto and that was seen as covering your range. Or perhaps a 35mm, 80mm, 150mm and 300mm. I'm not lecturing, chastising or admonishing, just noting with interest.
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QuoteOriginally posted by G_Money Quote
Now you've done it, Jay. You've really p*ssed me off. That favourite M42 lens of mine was an 85mm f/1.9. I loved that lens, especially on 35mm, but as I said, trying to focus and meter stopped down manually was taxing me, like using an old pre-set diaphragm on 35mm. I've got zooms to take me from 12 to 200mm when convenience is a priority, but your 85mm shots just remind me of the hole between 50mm and 135mm in my primes. I may seek out an 85 somewhere, but I'm not expecting any bargains.

It's OK G_Money ... I'll take very good care of that 85mm f/1.9 that Jay just sold ... it will go to a very good home ... trust me. I will be in safe hands.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mechan1k Quote
It's OK G_Money ... I'll take very good care of that 85mm f/1.9 that Jay just sold ... it will go to a very good home ... trust me. I will be in safe hands.



That Super tak 85 f1.9 gets very similar results to my M 85 f/2 - bokeh's a little
different, but I think the Tak may be sharper, at least up to f4. You're going to love
it. (If it's your only 85, never let it go.)


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G_Money, here you go ----> Pentax-M 85/2 SMC-Beautiful Portrait lens-K-Mount - eBay (item 280199551220 end time Feb-19-08 11:44:45 PST)

(not mine of course, mine probably will never be sold.)
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I have nothing so far in the 85mm length (although my Tamron 90mm Macro is close).
Trust me ... I don't think I'd get rid of any of these lenses ... knowing me ... I'd probably hoard them all (I doubt i could part with any lenses).
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Gaps in the Lens Collection

You are right G_Money. I'm old enough to remember your sage advice about buying lenses in multiples of 2. It is still good advice. I actually followed it for a while. Started out with the M 50 1.4, got a M 28 2.8, M 100 2.8, M 150 3.5, and M200 4. Remember when the best zoom was your two feet? It seems a number of people I have met through photography are also collectors. I admit I fall into this category myself. I guess I was still sort of working im multiples of 2 when I added the K 24 2.8, M 35 2, K 135 3.5, K 200 2.5 and K 300 4. Multiples in that I seemed to be buying these lenses two at a time. Things really got out of hand when I added the M 50 4 macro and A 100 2.8 macro. An A series lens! How did that get in there? I don't even want to think about the M 75~150 4 zoom and the M 80~200 4.5 zoom. Even I couldn't justify this overlap in coverage. I'm getting better though. I'm thinking about entering a multi step program for compulsive behavior. Perhaps after I get that M 85 f2! Don't you think it would look good somewhere in the middle of the rest of my M family?

Cheers

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Alright, I'll join the club. I only have one M lens, but it's a good one and I've had it forever.

M 50mm f1.4 @ f1.4, with ME-Super on Kodak BW400CN.

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MCA... M-series Collecting Addiction, that's ok

MHA... M-series Hoarding Addiction, downright cruel...
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for the LONGEST time all i shot with was a K1000 and a m 1.7 50
just to let people know so they do not get confused i have used more cameras then my Pentax stuff so not all the photos are shot with one. but a LOT of the older photos where.

Photos by Nathan Combs - photo.net

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m 1.7 50 and K100D






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