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11-18-2009, 09:00 AM   #1
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Hello everyone I'm John and new to this forum. Iapologize if I am crashing a current thread, however I have a question for anyone who,s will to listen. A brief history of my photograhpic experience is required. I have a BFA degree in fine arts photography empahsis in documentary photography. I perted with an nikon FM and purchased a leica M series body (no meter) and a 50 f/2 and never looked back when I entered college. A year ago I entered the digital era literally kicking and screaming leaving my darkroom behind and purchased an Oly E3 and a 400 f6.8 leitz Telyt to photograph wildlife. To my desmay the the E3 and novoflex R to 4/3's adapter and my 400 would not focus. I spent an afternoon photographing along the 'river" only to discouver nothing was in proper focus. I have sent the lens to be CLA'd and will try again when it returns. If still will not focus the big lens I may sell the E3 and convert to Pentax due to It's ability to accept 3rd party lenses, rugged and moisture resistant protection. I also own a 24 Takumar, mint, M42 that I would dearly love to put to use as I understand it is a fine old lens. Does anyone have an opinion regarding which Pentax body I should consider and why? I like the feel of the K20D what advantage would the K7 provide?

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11-18-2009, 09:05 AM   #2
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First of all, welcome to the forum. Many people here use M42 lenses and are very happy. There have been several K20 vs. K7 discussions that will provide you with a lot of information. Search in the Pentax DSLR subforum for more information.
11-18-2009, 11:51 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum John.
Indeed Pentax prides itself for backwards compatibility, and any lens fitted on any Pentax dSLR will work to the limits of the lens itself. So this is not just third party lenses, this also includes all older manual focus lenses, if that's your inclination.

But if just for AF lenses, then as long as it's a Pentax K-mount lens it will work as expected on a Pentax body.

The K-7 to K20D comparison has been discussed to death here, and you would best be searching the Pentax SLR forum for those keywords (under the google search prompt on the forum's advanced search page) for threads discussing that. Furthermore you can go to the Camera review database on the forum under the Reviews tab above to find user reviews and a full specification profile of each camera.

Hope this helps.

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