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04-24-2015, 09:17 AM   #1
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Which pentax film camera can use the

I have a Pentax K1000 and want to use the DA 21mm Limited Prime pancake lens or any of the new prime lenses for that matter. But I don't think it's compatible...correct? If they're not compatible with the mount of the K1000, is there a simple Pentax film camera that can use these lenses? Thanks in advance for any help.

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For DA lenses, and FA-J lenses which do not have an aperture setting lever, or aperture ring, you need a Pentax program or later camera with KA mount.

For auto focus it is nice to use something like a PZ1
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The camera body must be capable of controlling the aperture. This means at very least that the body must support "P" or "Program" mode. The highest level of compatibility will be found with bodies having an e-dial to allow setting the aperture from the body in all modes (MZ-S, PZ-1p, other PZ/Z series bodies, and maybe a few others).


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and don't forget most DA lenses are designt for APS-C and not FF. <br />
Meaning that the projected image circel is smaller leading to dark borders

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Thanks guys that helps alot. Do you recommend any camera in particular?
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Many consider the MZ-S the ultimate autofocus Pentax 35mm film body. Expensive for a 35mm film body, but still cheap by digital standards.
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QuoteOriginally posted by baro-nite Quote
Many consider the MZ-S the ultimate autofocus Pentax 35mm film body. Expensive for a 35mm film body, but still cheap by digital standards.
It is in many ways, however the z1p is the best body for DA lens use.

The da21 will vignette heavily though (the da primes >= 35mm will be fine though, excluding the 35 macro)

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The oldest Pentax camera supporting this lens would be the Super A (in the US called Super Program).

But you can use only A and TV.
In M and AV mode, you still can take pictures, but only with aperture fully open. And this is also true for your K1000.


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I like very much the PZ-50p (Z-50p in Europe) - solid, very accurate AF, never fails to deliver. Z1p is my all time favourite, but much heavier and rarer is good condition, as it used to be the camera for professionals, so not much of them on used market in good condition. Z-50p is very similar with full range of features and I wouldn't hesitate to get it for AF film any time. Unlike majority of MZ series camera, PZ series are better built and reportedly don't suffer from the worn gears syndrome.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RKKS08 Quote
In M and AV mode, you still can take pictures, but only with aperture fully open. And this is also true for your K1000.
Ummmm...I have my Super Program in hand and the behavior with my DA 50/1.8 and DA 18-55/3.5-5.6 is the same as with a FA-series lens except that there is no Av mode. The lens always stops down to the appropriate aperture except in "B", where the shutter will not release at all. On the K1000 as well as any of the fully manual or aperture priority automated cameras, the aperture will always be fully stopped-down at exposure time making the lens unusable in practical terms on those cameras.


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Ummmm...I have my Super Program in hand and the behavior with my DA 50/1.8 and DA 18-55/3.5-5.6 is the same as with a FA-series lens except that there is no Av mode. The lens always stops down to the appropriate aperture except in "B", where the shutter will not release at all. On the K1000 as well as any of the fully manual or aperture priority automated cameras, the aperture will always be fully stopped-down at exposure time making the lens unusable in practical terms on those cameras.


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Of course you are right, just tested it with the Super A and MX.

It's a long time since I last tried, and the 18-55 WR is my only lens lacking an aperture ring (and also my only DA lens).
I think I'll keep it this way, with the only possible exception maybe the 16-45, if I can find a good bargain.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RKKS08 Quote
Of course you are right, just tested it with the Super A and MX.
I get it mixed up every time this question comes up and have to drag the camera and lenses out to see how it actually works.


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