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12-17-2011, 10:14 AM   #1
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K1000 + "newer" lenses

Is there any possibility of damage to an A/ F /FA lens (thinking of contacts / screw drive) by equipping to an old body that predates them? Cheers.

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No.

You won't get full functionality. You may get vignetted images. But you won't damage the lenses. Not unless you really work at it. [/me eyes hammer]
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You should be fine with those- the wear is minimal and you won't get vignetting unless it's a DA lens.

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The contacts and AF screwdrive are all spring-loaded and will simply be pushed out of the way on a K1000.

Remember that the K1000 has no way to control the aperture, so I would avoid the FA-J lenses, which have no aperture ring. They will mount, but they won't stop down. You can even mount DA lenses on a K1000, but since they have no aperture ring, they can only be used wide open. There may be some vignetting, especially with shorter lenses, but there will be no damage to either camera or lenses.

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I have a couple FA lenses that I use on my K series film bodies and they work fine. The FA43/1.9 is a real gem on film and a perfect focal length.

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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
I have a couple FA lenses that I use on my K series film bodies and they work fine.
All the FA lenses are full-frame and will work well on a K1000. DA and FA-J and some DFA don't have an aperture ring -- that, and lack of AF, are what I meant by lacking full functionality. But the camera won't damage them.
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You might find this chart showing lens compatibility useful:

The Pentax Camera Lens Compatibility Chart

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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
All the FA lenses are full-frame and will work well on a K1000. DA and FA-J and some DFA don't have an aperture ring -- that, and lack of AF, are what I meant by lacking full functionality. But the camera won't damage them.
Yeah I kind of draw the line with the FA series, as the newest Pentax lenses that I can really use on my K series film bodies.

The FA 43 works fine, but the focus ring is a bit small compared to a K series manual lens. Actually the whole lens is a bit small if you have big hands, still it’s the FL that wins me over.

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Cheers guys, questions answered - was mainly concerned about damaging the lens.
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