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11-08-2011, 02:48 AM   #1
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Help with Pentax Lens codes

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I am looking to buy some Pentax lenses on eBay. Some lenses have a P- in front of their FA code. What does the P- denote? What is the difference between a lens coded as a SMCP-FA and one labelled SMC FA?

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On this page : Pentax K-Mount Lenses Explained: The differences between various Pentax lens series

I found in the smc PENTAX-FA section a reference to a powerzoom function on certain lenses of this generation:

Pentax Lens Power Zoom

Maybe that is what the P denotes.
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Same lens, the P would signify Pentax. You are dealing with the idiosyncrasies of how some sellers might list their items.
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Click on; This address will help you to understand the Pentax system. Follow all the links and soon you will become master Pentaxian.
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Ah yes, idiosyncrasies. I just grabbed the nearest appropriate lens which is labeled:

PENTAX
SMC
PENTAX-F
ZOOM
1:3.5-4.5

35-70
mm

Some might call that a SMC-Pentax (or SMC-P) (or SMCP) (or SMC) F35-70/3.5-4.5 or some variant thereof. And that SMC string comes in various incarnations on Takumars. It might be Super-Multi-Coated or S-M-C or SMC and those aren't the same. Some details matter, some don't. Confused yet? Good, so am I.
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Thanks for the responses. The link to the explanation of Pentax lens codes was really useful. As for the 'P' I will take your advice and ignore it.
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