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06-30-2009, 09:57 AM   #241
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Yes $600 for a lens in 1978 was a lot of money. I got my first IT job in 1978 and was making about the same as you, so that would have been about half your take home pay for a month.
So much for food and rent! It's probably around $2,400 in 2009 dollars.

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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
Yes $600 for a lens in 1978 was a lot of money. I got my first IT job in 1978 and was making about the same as you, so that would have been about half your take home pay for a month.
So much for food and rent! It's probably around $2,400 in 2009 dollars.

Phil.
With all the metal Pentax put into the K series lenses a lot of lenses would cost in that range. They don't make them like this any more for a reason.

By the way Phil how did we live on those wages?

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By the way Phil how did we live on those wages?

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I was still living with my parents in 1978.

That's why I was able to buy a KX, K55/1.8, K28/3.5 & K135/3.5 in late 1975, as my first SLR.

Reality set in a couple years later when I moved out. Then my camera equipment buying days ended abruptly.
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SMC K 55 f1.8

Thanks to everybody for recommending this little gem in the Lens Reviews section.
Its a keeper



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Nice image robbiec.

Is it me or do these K series lenses seem to have a "look" all their own? They seem a little darker in the out-of-focus areas as compared to the M or A series.

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QuoteOriginally posted by 8540tomg Quote
Nice image robbiec.

Is it me or do these K series lenses seem to have a "look" all their own? They seem a little darker in the out-of-focus areas as compared to the M or A series.

Tom G
You're right there, its a deeper moodier look as compared to the overly punchy image that the newer lenses seem to deliver, also seems more kindred to the Super Takumar look. Suits my taste at least
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The SMC PENTAX bellows 1:4 100mm is considered a K lens, so this picture fits here :



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Wow!

Very well done - please explain the process... lighting? How did you get it to sit still?

:-)

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QuoteOriginally posted by glasbak Quote
The SMC PENTAX bellows 1:4 100mm is considered a K lens, so this picture fits here :

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QuoteOriginally posted by jensm Quote
Very well done - please explain the process... lighting? How did you get it to sit still?

:-)

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except the K10D, the rest is K/M generation stuff :
the 100mm extension tube, fully extended bellows , K 1:4 100mm, 52-49m adapter ring, af080c and tripod.

And this insect was never sitting still for long, so from the handfull of shots, this one was the best.

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A quick contribution to the K Club, from the K24/3.5. I don't hear many people talk about this lens, but I really like it. Quite sharp and has interesting edge bokeh shape (gives that swirley effect like a lot of the K lenses)...oh, and focus was intentional there. Has some nice detail with the shiny spikey things on the leaves there.

shot wide open @ f/3.5

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One more from the K24/3.5, this time on the golf course. I think with a linear polarizer over it, @f/5.6.

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Nice shots robbiec, glasbak & arpaagent!!

I just got my copy of a K24/3.5 this week and I'm looking forward to trying it out.
I now have the set of three 58mm filter thread K series ultra wide angles.
(18/3.5, 20/4 & 24/3.5)

If you like your lenses on the meaty side then these are the ones.
Unfortunately the K20/4 & the K24/3.5 did not last very long and were replaced by the M20/4 & K24/2.8, after three years in production. These replacements were much lighter than the original K version.

I still like the older heavier ones though, they seem to have more personality.
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Cropped, shot with a K SMC 135mm f2.5 + K20D. Focussing is a joy with this lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
Nice shots robbiec, glasbak & arpaagent!!

I just got my copy of a K24/3.5 this week and I'm looking forward to trying it out.
I now have the set of three 58mm filter thread K series ultra wide angles.
(18/3.5, 20/4 & 24/3.5)

If you like your lenses on the meaty side then these are the ones.
Unfortunately the K20/4 & the K24/3.5 did not last very long and were replaced by the M20/4 & K24/2.8, after three years in production. These replacements were much lighter than the original K version.

I still like the older heavier ones though, they seem to have more personality.
I also have an A24/2.8 (which is 52mm filter, but looks noticeably slimmer than the K24/3.5), and the SMCT20/4.5 (basically same size at the K24/3.5). I personally like the look that a lens with a 58mm filter gives with my K200D. It just looks "right." And plus the extra beafiness of the K24/3.5 makes it easier to get on the camera. Whenever I use the A24/2.8 I feel like I have nothing to grab onto to lock it only the K-mount...
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Cropped, shot with a K SMC 135mm f2.5 + K20D. Focussing is a joy with this lens.
Welcome to the K club EricR, you have another classic K series lens. Nice photo as well!

Phil.

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I also have an A24/2.8 (which is 52mm filter, but looks noticeably slimmer than the K24/3.5), and the SMCT20/4.5 (basically same size at the K24/3.5). I personally like the look that a lens with a 58mm filter gives with my K200D. It just looks "right." And plus the extra beafiness of the K24/3.5 makes it easier to get on the camera. Whenever I use the A24/2.8 I feel like I have nothing to grab onto to lock it only the K-mount...
I agree 100%, I have a KX & K2 and the same applies.

Phil.
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