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12-29-2013, 03:18 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm Ian, and if someone were to hold a gun to my head to choose between cake and pie, I'd say, "cherry pie" and "you could have just asked, you know."

I (sort of) learned how to shoot an SLR with my mom's Pentax Spotmatic, bought in Germany in the '60s so she could take pictures on her summer vacations from being a school teacher at an American air base in Baumholder. At least, I learned how to center the needle in the viewfinder. I didn't really get the relationship between aperture and shutter speed until my early-20s, when I got a Canon Rebel G film SLR for Christmas and took a class at Bay Photo Lab in Santa Cruz.

I've been using Canon digital SLRs recently, mostly with a Sigma 30mm F1.4 lens, but have recently rediscovered my mom's Super-Takumar Zoom 70-150mm F4.5 M42 lens, which was dismissed as being "old and not worth anything" when I asked the instructor at Bay Photo Lab about it. I like it, though, and have been wanting to assemble a film kit with some good vintage Pentax gear. I really appreciate the excellent industrial design of the '60s and '70s era Pentax cameras.

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Welcome to the forum and thank you for that interesting introduction.
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QuoteOriginally posted by shampeon Quote
and have been wanting to assemble a film kit with some good vintage Pentax gear
Welcome to the forum, go to it, it's all out there, most at very reasonable prices.
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Thanks for the welcome. Do you think I'd be better off with a K mount body and use an adapter for the Super Takumar zoom, or an M42 body? I would think the range of lenses would be much greater with a K mount.

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I agree, K Mount is the way to go.
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K Mount is the way to go.
+1 that.
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