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10-17-2016, 03:26 PM   #1
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is this lens worth it?

I was looking at our local camera store, for some good deals. If it's the one I checked on this site. It shouldn't be bad.

35mm Manual Focus - Henry's best camera store in Canada

Ebay is selling it for about the same minus taxes. I have a vivitar super telephoto in m42 screwmount 200mm 1:3.5 should I just use the vivitar or collect this lens as well? Is it a waste of money since the vivtar is faster? Or am I overlapping focal lengths?

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10-17-2016, 04:19 PM   #2
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If we're talking about the M200, I'd say go for it. It's a nice lens, good rendering and image quality, Pentax colours, convenient built in hood. $40 seems like a good price.
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Hi edmundrt, I already own the vivitar. I got 3 m42 screw mounts for $40 that works out to $13 each lol. I must have confused you. I was referring to the lens from henry's.

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QuoteOriginally posted by enyaw Quote
Hi edmundrt, I already own the vivitar. I got 3 m42 screw mounts for $40 that works out to $13 each lol. I must have confused you.
I also have the Vivitar 200/3.5 T4 with m42 adaptor (a Tokina version); it is a very nice lens and reasonably sharp even wide-open. But it is still a manual focus lens, I don't think that I would consider getting another 200mm manual focus lens if I were you. Unless of course, you are not happy with the Vivitar lens that you have got. IIRC, there are several versions of Vivitar 200mm lens, the Tokina version is the best IMHO.

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Thank you aleonx3, my lens # 28815216 @ 62mm with built in hood. Is this one a run of the mill or close to the tokina. Maybe I have caught the m42 virus after all lol, even without the adapter or cam body here
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QuoteOriginally posted by enyaw Quote
I was looking at our local camera store, for some good deals. If it's the one I checked on this site. It shouldn't be bad.

35mm Manual Focus - Henry's best camera store in Canada

Ebay is selling it for about the same minus taxes. I have a vivitar super telephoto in m42 screwmount 200mm 1:3.5 should I just use the vivitar or collect this lens as well? Is it a waste of money since the vivtar is faster? Or am I overlapping focal lengths?

thanks,
On my mobile it doesn't show what the lens is only drops me into a search for manual focus Pentax lenses. Which lens were you asking about?
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QuoteOriginally posted by enyaw Quote
Thank you aleonx3, my lens # 28815216 @ 62mm with built in hood. Is this one a run of the mill or close to the tokina. Maybe I have caught the m42 virus after all lol, even without the adapter or cam body here
I believe (if not mistaken) yours is a komine version, much smaller than the Tokina version (serial number starts with 37). The good thing about the m42 lens is that it can be used in Aperture priority mode on the camera, which is rather convenient. Although if you stop down too much (say f8) the viewfinder gets dimmer and harder to focus.

Additionally, you can also short the pins with aluminum foil to use the "catch-in-focus" feature on the camera, which is rather convenient as well.
10-17-2016, 06:33 PM   #8
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USED PENTAX SMCM MF 200 F4 8+

sorry must have sent the wrong link, I hope this is better.

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QuoteOriginally posted by enyaw Quote
USED PENTAX SMCM MF 200 F4 8+

sorry must have sent the wrong link, I hope this is better.
Hi Enyaw

The lens you linked too is a K-mount not a M42 like your other lenses.
What camera are you going to use/get ?

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QuoteOriginally posted by enyaw Quote
USED PENTAX SMCM MF 200 F4 8+

sorry must have sent the wrong link, I hope this is better.
While I can't comment on the M200/4 lens as I don't own one, but I have this Vivitar 200/3.5 TX/m42 lens you mentioned (see picture below)


And here is an example of the photo taken with this lens which IMO is quite nice.... sorry I digress from your original question on M200/4.0 lens.
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No don't buy it at this point. One quality 200 at a time is enough.

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QuoteOriginally posted by enyaw Quote
USED PENTAX SMCM MF 200 F4 8+

sorry must have sent the wrong link, I hope this is better.
The price seems high, but I haven't paid enough attention lately. The Pentax-M 200mm f4 is a really nice size, significantly smaller than the Komine/Vivitar 200mm f3.5 that you already have. I thought the performance was really close, close enough not to worry about. I kept the Vivitar because I got it cheap. I tend to use it close to wide open, because at f8 or so, I have autofocus zooms that are good and easier to use. I have a pretty good shot of a full lunar eclipse with the Vivitar at f3.5. Eclipses are so dark and the moon moves, so that extra half-stop can keep me from using ISO 12800.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Just1MoreDave Quote
The price seems high, but I haven't paid enough attention lately. The Pentax-M 200mm f4 is a really nice size, significantly smaller than the Komine/Vivitar 200mm f3.5 that you already have. I thought the performance was really close, close enough not to worry about. I kept the Vivitar because I got it cheap. I tend to use it close to wide open, because at f8 or so, I have autofocus zooms that are good and easier to use. I have a pretty good shot of a full lunar eclipse with the Vivitar at f3.5. Eclipses are so dark and the moon moves, so that extra half-stop can keep me from using ISO 12800.
If you need an M 200 f/4 check the marketplace here.
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thanks all UncleVanya is right. Why buy 2 manual focus 200mm lens. I thought one was better than the other that's all and for what I paid for the vivitar, it wouldn't hurt the bank account.

aleonx3, that looks like my lens but my cap won't fit go figure
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