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06-25-2011, 08:20 AM   #1
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Old film AF lens works on new k-x DSLR?

I have an old film Pentax SLR from the late 90's.
Will the auto-focus lens from that camera work on a new k-x DSLR?
The old camera is in deep storage, so I don't know the exact model of the lens, I just want to know if this is remotely possible before I go digging through boxes.
I'm trying to go digital as cheaply as I can, so any other suggestions would be appreciated as well. Thanks.

06-25-2011, 08:31 AM   #2
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Yes. It will work just fine. Just make sure it hasn't developed fungus.
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Fungus? For real?
Will I be able to see it?
It was in a musty basement for a while, now you have me worried.
Does the k-x work with a wireless remote control?
If so, do I need a pentax brand remote or will any cheap one work?
Thanks a lot.
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Yes, its really nice that Pentax has maintained this backward compatibility. Make sure you clean it prior to use.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Dairylander Quote
If so, do I need a pentax brand remote or will any cheap one work?
You'll need this one if you want the IR remote: Pentax Remote Control F 37377 B&H Photo Video

I'm not sure about cheaper alternatives, but this one is only $19.95

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Thanks a lot guys, super helpful.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dairylander Quote
Fungus? For real?
Will I be able to see it?
It was in a musty basement for a while, now you have me worried.
lens fungus - Google Search

Lens Fungus

All fungus needs to grow is darkness, moisture, and a food source. Dust provides all the food fungus needs.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dairylander Quote
Fungus? For real?
Will I be able to see it?
It was in a musty basement for a while, now you have me worried.
Does the k-x work with a wireless remote control?
If so, do I need a pentax brand remote or will any cheap one work?
Thanks a lot.
I buy from the Forum sponsors when they have things at reasonable prices. There are tons of less expensive wireless remotes for the K-x. I got mine for $3.50 shipped. You can do a search on eBay for K-X remote and see them. Mine works just fine. Some folks report even being able to use certain V remote buttons - seems silly to me when there is a sure fire $4 alternative, but its there as an option if you want to play with the ones you own. You have to turn the remote on through the timer button on the back of the K-x.

Mine looks like this one:



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Pentax lenses with the Pentax brand, you can be sure that it will work on Pentax DSLR's.
Even non-Pentax brand made for Pentax with the Pentax mount can be used on Pentax DSLR's.
Even M-42 or screw mount lenses can work for the Pentax DSLR's albeit with the appropriate M-42 adapter.
If using M-42, K, KA, or other manual focus lenses, make sure you read the manual or the sticky on the upper portion of the forums on how to make it work for your DSLR since you have to change a menu for it to work on your DSLR since Pentax made this a non-automatic feature that you must activate to make it work.
Check also our lens database to see how your particular lens model is rated in performance.
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