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05-30-2011, 03:35 AM   #1
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which prime for KR ! confused b/w 2 lenses

Hi All. After a long time i got 2 good deals in ebay but i am not able to decide which suits best for my new KR.

below 2 options i have:
http://cgi.ebay.in/PENTAX-K-1000-CAM...c5ccaf15#rpdId

http://cgi.ebay.in/GREAT-ASAHI-PENTA...item1c1c0a3351

Currently i am looking for a good indoor portrait lens for my new KR. can any one please suggest me which option is the best from above!
Do i need any adapter for these lenses?


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The 58mm lens is an M42 lens, for which you will need an adapter: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-lens-articles/110657-how-use-meter...k-x-k-7-a.html

Therefore I'd go with the 50mm on the K1000.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
The 58mm lens is an M42 lens, for which you will need an adapter: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-lens-articles/110657-how-use-meter...k-x-k-7-a.html

Therefore I'd go with the 50mm on the K1000.
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The SMC-A50/2 will be easier to work with on your Kr. The 'A' means that it has aperture automation -- you can control the f-stop from the camera, for simpler auto-exposure shooting, and flash will be easy to use. It is a VERY COMMON and decent lens but is not considered outstanding.

The Super-Takumar 58/2 requires an adapter, as Adam said. It would not be quite as convenient on your Kr, with no aperture automation. It is also probably not quite as sharp as the A50/2. BUT... it is a VERY RARE and highly-regarded lens, with notable bokeh (out-of-focus area quality). I may even bid on that one! And once you buy a not-terribly-expensive adapter, you are open to a whole world of great (and often cheap) M42 lenses.

Here are the reviews:

A50/2: https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/SMC-Pentax-A-50mm-F2-Lens.html
ST58/2: https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/Takumar-58mm-F2.html

My thoughts: The A50/2 is a decent working lens; others like it should not be hard to find. The ST58/2 is RARE AS HEN'S TEETH, is worth MUCH MORE, and would be an investment for your future; if you don't like it, you can hold it awhie and re-sell it for a good profit!


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As far as I can see, it is a 55 mm SMC Tak, NOT 58...So not a rare lens, although, it's a good one, it hasta be, it's a Takumar !! but the A 50 will be easier to use on a modern camera as it has the Auto Aperture feature.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Stratman Quote
As far as I can see, it is a 55 mm SMC Tak, NOT 58...So not a rare lens, although, it's a good one, it hasta be, it's a Takumar !! but the A 50 will be easier to use on a modern camera as it has the Auto Aperture feature.
Oops, you are absolutely right! I didn't look closely enough at the listing pictures. Duh. Yes, the A50 would be a much better choice.
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A50 would be much more convenient and is not a bad lens but 55/2 is much much better and has a lot of character that the 50 lacks. If you are willing to take some time to get used to, I wouldn't think twice, Takumar all the way
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Thank you"Stratman""Pablom" "RioRico" for the details i ordered A50

Will upload pics soon.

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