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12-26-2012, 10:00 PM   #1
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Will a new K mount lens for a DSLR work on my ME Super?

So to reiterate I have an ME Super and I need to know if I can use a modern K-mount DSLR lens.
I mainly want to know because there seem to be cheap fisheye lenses available for the new DSLRs but if I want one for an old camera I have to spend 5 times as much money.
I've seen loads of Q&As online saying you can use old lenses on new cameras but nothing anything the other way around.
I'm guessing the mount will be the same but is there too much automation in the new lenses to use them on a manual?

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QuoteOriginally posted by iamtheju Quote
So to reiterate I have an ME Super and I need to know if I can use a modern K-mount DSLR lens.
I mainly want to know because there seem to be cheap fisheye lenses available for the new DSLRs but if I want one for an old camera I have to spend 5 times as much money.
I've seen loads of Q&As online saying you can use old lenses on new cameras but nothing anything the other way around.
I'm guessing the mount will be the same but is there too much automation in the new lenses to use them on a manual?
Here's a chart showing you which lenses work on which cameras:
The Pentax Camera Lens Compatibility Chart

Basically you won't be able to use DA lenses on film as they don't cover the full frame image circle, but other modern lenses should be fine.

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By fisheyes do you mean the Samyang 8mm's? Those cover 35mm I think.
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The Samyangs are totally usable on film slrs, having aperture rings. Basically they're A lenses! But the 8mm creates a vignettes circle. A great alternative would be the Zenitar 16mm which covers the whole frame. It's also usable on crop DSLRs, but is more impressive on film/FF. It's also very cheap!

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By the way you can mount any DA lens, but as there's no aperture ring, you need a film camera with on-body aperture control, or a program mode. Otherwise the camera will stop the lens right down making it virtually unusable.

Most DA lenses vignette, but some less so, and some (DA35/2.4) not at all.
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The Samyang 8mm not only vignettes, but the petal hood restricts the view that you get. It makes for an interesting looking frame, though - like a license plate frame almost.

Anyways, as Ihasa says, the main thing you will want is an aperture ring for whatever lens you use on your ME Super.
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