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07-21-2014, 03:41 AM   #1
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Pentax DSLR for M42 Taks and CZ lenses

Can anyone please suggest a Pentax DSLR that I can buy to use my collection of M42 Takumar and Carl Zeiss lenses?

These are all manual lenses that I currently use with a adapter on my Canon 7D and I shoot mostly in manual mode.

Is there any advantage in using a Pentax DSLR with these M42 lenses?

Thanks in advance.

07-21-2014, 03:55 AM   #2
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Honestly, I think you might be better off with a 5D or 5DII for the M42 lenses.
Some lenses might not clear the mirror, so do a search online before committing.

Else, have a look at the Sony A7 series cameras, but those don't have an OVF, if you don't like EVF.

I don't see an advantage with Pentax bodies for M42 lenses.
However, Pentax does make camera bodies that are more intuitive in flow/handling
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QuoteOriginally posted by pinholecam Quote
I don't see an advantage with Pentax bodies for M42 lenses.
The K-01 is my favorite body for M42 lenses.
It can even handle the notorious ISCO Westromat,
which catches the mirror of many an SLR.

Isco-G

But in general, one big advantage of Pentax bodies is the shake reduction.
(I don't know of any image-stabilized M42 lenses )
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The only advantage that I can think of for using a Pentax camera with M42 glass over Canon or any of the mirrorless options is that the adapter is very compact and focus confirm works natively. Oh, that and in-body SR.

In regards to body, the stop-down metering on many of the older bodies has known issues with reliable exposure settings. Get a body made after 2010 and things should work well.


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EVERY pentax DLSR works great. If you have the cash, a K-3 is the best choice. A more modest sum of money gets you a K-50 or K-30 (same camera, different bodies). In between is the K-5 family.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kozlok Quote
EVERY pentax DLSR works great.
But a body with live view lets you frame your shot clearly at a narrow taking aperture,
so you don't have to keep messing around with the preset or man/auto lever
to move back and forth from fully open (once you've focused).
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