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08-02-2018, 11:26 PM   #1
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Hello, amateur Pentax for 2 years now. I own a K5 on which I mainly use M42 watches

08-03-2018, 12:07 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. I still think the K5 is a great camera. I'm also an M42 user, both on film cameras and digital.

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I have a k3 and a K30. My K30 had the aperture blight and I paid to have it fixed, then, shortly after, a K3 fell in my lap. Having spent so much on the K30 I didn't want to bin it so it is my vintage lens camera. However, I don't totally trust it to go on forever and was thinking of a K5. There's just something nice about the build. What lenses do you have? I picked up some really nice ones by buying old cameras. Lenses sold on their own tend to be priced opportunistically whereas you can get an old camera kit off eBay for £15. Edixas often have isco Göttingen's or steinheil munchen, with the odd e Ludwig. Prakticas have DDR Carl Zeiss, pentacon and Helios, asahi have takumars etc. They are mostly 50mm but all are different and well worth a look.
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Very nice. Did you replace the focus screen with a split-focus? That was helpful on my K10 when I used a lot of manual lenses.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TER-OR Quote
Very nice. Did you replace the focus screen with a split-focus? That was helpful on my K10 when I used a lot of manual lenses.
No, I just got the official magnified eyepiece which is great. I don't actually understand how split focus screens work lol. Terrible admission but true.
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No, I just got the official magnified eyepiece which is great. I don't actually understand how split focus screens work lol. Terrible admission but true.
Ah! You didn't grow up in the 70s/80s. That's all we had. It's really fast once you get used to it, but it does need to be correctly installed or you get problems. It's prisms, once the prism-split images line up, it's correct focus. It can mess with modern camera metering, so if you don't need it don't install it. I haven't had problems going manual focus when needed in the field, either. A magnified eyepiece is probably worth considering, though, particularly with my macro and telephoto work.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TER-OR Quote
Ah! You didn't grow up in the 70s/80s. That's all we had. It's really fast once you get used to it, but it does need to be correctly installed or you get problems. It's prisms, once the prism-split images line up, it's correct focus. It can mess with modern camera metering, so if you don't need it don't install it. I haven't had problems going manual focus when needed in the field, either. A magnified eyepiece is probably worth considering, though, particularly with my macro and telephoto work.
Actually, I grew up in the 70s but my camera journey only started three years ago. I vaguely remember having a split screen on a Zenith that I never came to terms with. The magnifying eyepiece is brilliant, but I do find myself hunting the corners so I see the full extent of my composition
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I have a k3 and a K30. My K30 had the aperture blight and I paid to have it fixed, then, shortly after, a K3 fell in my lap. Having spent so much on the K30 I didn't want to bin it so it is my vintage lens camera. However, I don't totally trust it to go on forever and was thinking of a K5. There's just something nice about the build. What lenses do you have? I picked up some really nice ones by buying old cameras. Lenses sold on their own tend to be priced opportunistically whereas you can get an old camera kit off eBay for £15. Edixas often have isco Göttingen's or steinheil munchen, with the odd e Ludwig. Prakticas have DDR Carl Zeiss, pentacon and Helios, asahi have takumars etc. They are mostly 50mm but all are different and well worth a look.
For the lens, i have:
Jupiter 200mm f4 (my favorite)
ASAHI SMC- M 50mm f2 (1976)
Helios 44-4
Auto-chinon 135mm f2.8
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cyrmar33 Quote
For the lens, i have:
Jupiter 200mm f4 (my favorite)
ASAHI SMC- M 50mm f2 (1976)
Helios 44-4
Auto-chinon 135mm f2.8
I don't have the Jupiter, my only 200mm is the pentax-M. The Helios is lovely as for the chinon. I got mine, mint in case for £12. I was going to sell it on then a camera chum started making oooh aaah noises so I tested it again and it is now my firm favourite along with my old preset takumar. You have nothing wider than 50mm. Wide angle can get expensive but You could maybe look for a Mir-1 or 1b that is a 38mm, maybe a takumar 35mm (various versions, all good to excellent) a Pentax-M 28mm, I have the f3.5, or a chinon/Miranda 24mm macro. None of these will break the bank but they are all nice. Tokina also do a pretty good K/m42 mount 28mm that is often cheap. The Miranda 24 has a cult following. I absolutely love it but opinions are mixed, likewise with the 28mm.

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