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07-18-2020, 08:36 PM - 1 Like   #16
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My two favorite Nikkor lenses are a fisheye and a micro (nikon's usage for macro if m </= 0.5):

nikkor 16mm f/3.5 fisheye, although the Pentax 16mm f/2.8 is comparable--I have both. My feeling is the Nikkor is nicer but I am comparing use on a D700 versus cropped sensor Pentax, so not really much basis.

nikkor micro 55mm f/3.5 or 2.8--I had the f/3.5 and have the 2.8. They are both exceptional (and this was mostly for non macro usage), although I preferred the f/3.5. Compared to the closest Pentax offering--the 50mm f/4 (I have the K version)--I think the Nikon is better (actually much better)**--although there is no A to B testing and I did not use the Pentax much--and did/do use the Nikon a lot but only on film.

Actually, the 28mm or 35mm PC lens by Nikon are reasonable in price now, and are smallish sized lenses. I have both. I especially like the size and design of the 35mm f/2.8. It would be a good general purpose lens to have for scenery/travel with the advantage that it also is PC. I just have not had the chance yet to use it this way--although on the cropped Pentax sensor 35mm is less desirable vis-a-vis PC.
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** I have been thinking about what I said and it is w/o much basis. I have only very limited use of the Pentax 50mm f/4 macro--basically of a city scene that I take with all my lenses--and the Pentax seemed to be dull/lack contrast. So let me just say I like the Nikkor 55mm micro, and I have too little experience w/ the Pentax to compare them.


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QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
thank you - I'm considering a Nikkor 55 or 58, either 1.2 or 1.4

also a couple of G.Zuiko lenses have my fascination as well, a 24/2.8 and 35/2....
You are going to need A LOT more storage
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You are going to need A LOT more storage
no worries - I've got one entire drawer in the big grey box I need to fill...
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QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
this is possibly the least-ergonomic camera I've ever used - where do you put your left hand on the tiny beast? it's much better with a manual focus lens (thankfully) than an AF one....

From my 35mm if only camera days, the camera rested on the palm of the left hand and the thumb/forefinger were used to operate the focus and/of zoom ring.

I had a KS-1, and found it was a superb little camera with great ergonomics (using old school handling per above). Used it with DA primes as a small high quality walk about kit.

Only got rid of it because it wasn't getting used? Still regret it.

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From my 35mm if only camera days, the camera rested on the palm of the left hand and the thumb/forefinger were used to operate the focus and/of zoom ring.

I had a KS-1, and found it was a superb little camera with great ergonomics (using old school handling per above). Used it with DA primes as a small high quality walk about kit.

Only got rid of it because it wasn't getting used? Still regret it.

that's it - there's where my left hand goes; I'm used to the K-5/K-3 bodies where there is actually more grip on the left side of the camera.....

(I don't have the benefit of any film experience)

it is a great little camera - with a DA 21 or DA 40 limited, it's nearly pocket-sized...
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Damn! Now I want one
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Damn! Now I want one

the only way I found one was through the Marketplace here - I tried eBay for a while, and sent an email to the original manufacturer... nothing...

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the only way I found one was through the Marketplace here - I tried eBay for a while, and sent an email to the original manufacturer... nothing...
There is one on eBay for 80. It sounds like the solenoid has gone on it


edit I mean I want a K-s1
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There is one on eBay for 80. It sounds like the solenoid has gone on it


edit I mean I want a K-s1

ah - the K-S2 uses the same sensor and has all the things I complained about the K-S1 fixed....
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and here we go...

the first non-K-mount lens arrived today, a Yashica ML Macro 55mm f2.8, in a C/Y mount:




green-button metering works, along with focus confirmation....

I'd say it works...
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I would say it certainly does work.
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I would say it certainly does work.

thank you - a second C/Y mount lens is on the way, a Zeiss Planar 50/1.7 T*
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Neat project, and nice results. Good job!

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