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12-06-2007, 01:21 PM   #16
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Well the 3.2-4.5 went up tp $153 (was $80) in the last few hours. Funny thing is, there is a 4-4.5 on the sale with a starting bid of $199, and you can get one new from B&H for $169.

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Just to follow up, scored a 3.2-4.5 off ebay. Funny thing, the lens that Dave spotted got real expensive real quick, but there was another 3.2-4.5 for sale at the same time and I managed to be the high bidder. The best part is that I got it for nealry 100 less than the other lens. Go figure. ch
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QuoteOriginally posted by tranq78 Quote
Powerzoom was a function available to the high end film cameras like MZ-S and PZ-1P. Instead of manually turning the zoom ring there was a motor that used the battery from the camera body to zoom in/out with the touch of a button. You can't use this feature with the current d-SLR's cameras so a powerzoom lens will function just like an ordinary manual zoom lens.
Power zoom in the old lenses works with the K10D upgraded to firmware 1.30. It should also work with the K100D Super. It is not an essential feature, it adds weight to the lenses and drains batteries quickly, but it do works on Pentax DSLR with power contacts.

Oh, about the FA 28-105 f/3.2-4.5 AL (IF). I have the silver-version and it looks so good together with my *ist DS, a very nice combination. (I don't use the 28-105 on my K10D because it looks so odd on it). It is really a top-performing lens, I am very happy with mine. It replaced a Tokina 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 AL and Pentax FA 28-70 f/4 AL for me. Similar optical quality as my fine 28-70 f/4 (but with more contrast, the images "pops out" more) and the nice range of the Tokina.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tranq78 Quote
Powerzoom was a function available to the high end film cameras like MZ-S and PZ-1P. Instead of manually turning the zoom ring there was a motor that used the battery from the camera body to zoom in/out with the touch of a button. You can't use this feature with the current d-SLR's cameras so a powerzoom lens will function just like an ordinary manual zoom lens.

You can't really go too wrong with the 28-105/4-5.6 (Pentax version) or 28-105/3.2-4.5.
I have the SMC FA-28-105 F4-5.6 Power Zoom, and it works fine on my K10D in Power Zoom mode.

I had problems with my istD, in that, it would not lock on focus at 28mm or 105mm. You had to move it off just a hair, then it would lock on. I do not have that problem now with the K10D.
Similar problem with a Nikon 35-70 F2.8 i have. It will not lock on at 70mm, but move it off just a hair and its fine.

It was a main stay on my PZ-1 for 3 years, and performed very well.

Dave

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I have the silver version on my K10D, looks fine...i think.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RMabo Quote
Power zoom in the old lenses works with the K10D upgraded to firmware 1.30. It should also work with the K100D Super. It is not an essential feature, it adds weight to the lenses and drains batteries quickly, but it do works on Pentax DSLR with power contacts.
Thanks Roland & Dave. I was not aware the latest firmware enabled the PZ function. I learned something new today.
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Did you win your lens? I have one that I will be posting soon. I will let you know when it goes up if your still interested.

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