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02-24-2008, 01:30 PM   #1
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I just wanted to stop and say hi to all here. I just joined this forum but I am a long-time Pentax user. I'm here because I recently ventured into the digital SLR world with the recent purchase of my K10D in January. It has been a very exciting road so far, with new questions popping up all the time

My first Pentax was an SP1000 with a screw-mount lens if anyone remembers those (am I aging myself?), then later graduated to a K1000 (when the SP finally died), which I still have and dearly love. I also have a ZX-something-er-other with auto features that I got for taking shots of constantly on-the-move children.

I'm located in the Northern Virginia area and I'm looking forward to gleaning all kinds of useful information from everyone here.

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02-24-2008, 01:52 PM   #2
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Welcome mel, this has been a very helpful place for me and my first DSLR.

I use those screw mount lenses all the time on my K100d... do you still have your old pentax glass?
What lens/lenses did you get with your K10d?
02-24-2008, 07:47 PM   #3
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Thanks! I had some off-brand zoom for my old screw-mount but the pictures taken with it came out rather grainy so I quit using it and just sort of lost track of it over the years with a gazillion moves.

The lens that came with my K1000 originally is just the standard Pentax-A 1:2 50mm. I would love to be able to use it on my K10D for the f-stop alone but I can't seem to get the camera to work with it in any mode. If its possible maybe I'll get it figured out someday

With my K10D I got a Tamron 28-80 mm 1:3.5-5.6. I also have a Quantaray1:4-5.6 70-300/macro zoom that I originally got for my film cameras that works just great on my digital. The autofocus mechanism broke on the lens that came with my other film camera (ZX-50 now that I 'm back with my cameras and can see) but it's a Pentax 1:4-5.6 35-80mm. It works just fine in manual focus mode if you can ignore the bits that rattle around in it. But it's just overlap really.

Thanks for the welcome!
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For the A 50 mm, just put the aperture ring on the A setting ,and you should be good to go ! Manual focus, but auto aperture.

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For the A 50 mm, just put the aperture ring on the A setting ,and you should be good to go ! Manual focus, but auto aperture.
Wow it worked!!!! Cool. Thanks so much!

Now if I could just figure out how to get the skylight filter off of it I'd be set (it's on kinda cockeyed and stuck- and probably has been for many many years).

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slowly work on it, and don't apply too much pressure, you'll get it off eventually. Also Mel, you can use lenses without the A setting on the ap ring, just go to the custom menu, look for "using aperture ring" set it to allowed, and you can use old K and M lenses in manual mode !
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slowly work on it, and don't apply too much pressure, you'll get it off eventually. Also Mel, you can use lenses without the A setting on the ap ring, just go to the custom menu, look for "using aperture ring" set it to allowed, and you can use old K and M lenses in manual mode !
Thanks for the tip. I do have also an older f2.8 wide angle without the A setting. Perhaps now maybe i can get more use out of it too being able to use it on the digital. This is what I love about Pentax. I didn't have to start over just because I bought a digital body. Everything old can be like new again.

Thanks again!
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