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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.

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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.


But in general, one big advantage of Pentax bodies is the shake reduction.
(I don't know of any image-stabilized M42 lenses )
07-21-2014, 08:48 AM   #4
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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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