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06-25-2015, 08:36 AM   #3046
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QuoteOriginally posted by drewski Quote
Beautiful pictures of a very beautiful camera. Never knew that there were cameras that focused that way.
The Contax AX did autofocus in a similar manner. (Manual focus was still done the usual way.) Though their implementation had limitations due to it being a bit of a hack to allow them to advertise AF without having to change the lens designs.

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Just picked this one up. Seems fully functional, with original case. A very complicated leaf shutter reflex which is expensive to overhaul. Nice for my Retina collection, but I prefer the simplicity of the range or view finder versions for reliable use..
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Man I love the older cameras. I'd collect them all if I could. Just got my k1000 for now though. Still need to get some film and give it some love.
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Review here:

SMC Pentax-A 35-210mm F3.5-4.5 Reviews - A Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

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^that is officially my new phone background. Great shot.
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QuoteOriginally posted by HeavyCorPhotography Quote
^that is officially my new phone background. Great shot.
Thanks, even if I think this zoom would look better with a motorised Super A/Program, especially because it would handle better with the grip, I hope the review was helpful too.

Anybody know where I can find the 70 mm rubber hood? As written in the review, I bought a traditional metallic 67 mm, not too long but it vignettes until 50 mm.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cuthbert Quote
Anybody know where I can find the 70 mm rubber hood?
Keep on checking eBay, I found one there for my A35-105/3.5 zoom.

Phil.

PS Your A35-210 is one fine looking zoom!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
Keep on checking eBay, I found one there for my A35-105/3.5 zoom.

Phil.

PS Your A35-210 is one fine looking zoom!!
Yes Phil it is...and I've taken your review of the K 85-210 f3.5 as template for mine.

Here there's the review of another superzoom I found in these days, the Vario-Sonnar in Praktica mount:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/122-lens-clubs/250453-east-german-lens-cl...ml#post3296355

This one is smaller than the A35-210 and perhaps even better image quality, or perhaps it's easier for me to hold it, however other two pics of the A zoom in position "extended" and "retracted" with my new to me K1000SE.

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QuoteOriginally posted by HeavyCorPhotography Quote
^that is officially my new phone background. Great shot.
I understand you like to take pics of cars, here there are two taken with this lens:





One at 35 mm the other at 210mm, I don't think I approached the target between the two shots.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cuthbert Quote
Yes Phil it is...and I've taken your review of the K 85-210 f3.5 as template for mine.

Here there's the review of another superzoom I found in these days, the Vario-Sonnar in Praktica mount:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/122-lens-clubs/250453-east-german-lens-cl...ml#post3296355

This one is smaller than the A35-210 and perhaps even better image quality, or perhaps it's easier for me to hold it, however other two pics of the A zoom in position "extended" and "retracted" with my new to me K1000SE.
No problem go for it, the reviews are not copyright protected.

Be careful with these old (K, M, A Series) zooms, as they are quirky & fun to use and soon you will have a large collection of them!
I always take one with me on my travels and get good results.

I'd stay away from anything newer than the A Series, I have a couple FA zooms and they leave me cold just like the plastic they are made from.

Phil.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
No problem go for it, the reviews are not copyright protected.

Be careful with these old (K, M, A Series) zooms, as they are quirky & fun to use and soon you will have a large collection of them!
I always take one with me on my travels and get good results.

I'd stay away from anything newer than the A Series, I have a couple FA zooms and they leave me cold just like the plastic they are made from.

Phil.
So far I always tried to avoid the zoom because my MX came with a M40-80 and it was bad..very bad!

I also have a Tamron 70-210 that is moderately good but it weights a ton and the K1000SE you see there came with a funky Albinator zoom that looks pretty cheap.

In the meantime I am looking for a Super A to compliment the zoom I also found this:



Can you explain me how it does work? Is it a good purchase for 40 quid?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cuthbert Quote
Can you explain me how it does work? Is it a good purchase for 40 quid?
It is an AF080 ring flash for the smc Pentax-M Macro 1:4 100mm.
It is TTL controlled, so needs an early dslr like Pentax ist, ist ds etc.
I also use mine in manual mode ( it has full or 1/4 setting) with the K-01

ps What is so bad about the Pentax -M 1:2.8 40 ~ 80mm zoom?
I have one it seems bright to focus and sharp enough.

I have seen other bad reports of that lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wombat2go Quote
It is an AF080 ring flash for the smc Pentax-M Macro 1:4 100mm.
It is TTL controlled, so needs an early dslr like Pentax ist, ist ds etc.
I also use mine in manual mode ( it has full or 1/4 setting) with the K-01

ps What is so bad about the Pentax -M 1:2.8 40 ~ 80mm zoom?
I have one it seems bright to focus and sharp enough.

I have seen other bad reports of that lens.
Thanks, I've a LX so it will work fine, it came with an auction with a A 100mm macro, a Super A, bellows...the 100mm went above 90 quid so I left, the Super A also went north of what I wanted to spend so in the end that was the only thing I could buy, does it also work with 50 mm macros?

For the zoom, ok mine was in pretty bad shape, and generally I find the so called "standard zooms" useless, so I assume I can be a little biased, but my experience is that the macro function was pretty useless, the lens wasn't sharp, it felt cheaply made (while for instance the A zoom is very well made, and so are the other M lenses besides the 28mm f2.8 that feels a little cheap but not so cheap as the 40-80) and image quality is pretty mediocre.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cuthbert Quote
does it also work with 50 mm macros?

For the zoom, ok mine was in pretty bad shape,
I am not sure if AF080 works in the 50mm, with the closer macro distance. Perhaps somebody can answer.

For the smc Pentax-M Macro 1:4 100mm, I just took 2 test photos at 50mm and f/5.6 and here are the camera jpgs from the K-01.
There might be some reasons for the bad images reported from it.
Firstly , wear as you mention, The copy here is pristine and tight as a zoom needs to be. Old zooms tend to lose corner sharpness, in my experience, or get lopsided blur as they wear..
The build quality of the copy here is similar to all the other good -M lenses in the collection here.

Secondly, when not in "macro" the minimum focus distance is quite long, more than 1.2 metres.
That might lead users to think it is not sharp, indoor portraits etc.

The first photo was focussed on the dial needle. There is a bit of color fringe at the lamp, however the lamp is a bit over exposed.
The dial numbers are still fairly sharp at 100%
The fence test , second shows that this lens across the frame sharpness at 100% is as good or maybe better than the other old manual zooms I have here
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This is my "new" vintage RB67, as used today with the Mamiya-Sekor C 1:3.8 f=90mm.

Last weekend I used the chimney finder which I found difficult, so this weekend I am trying the prism, and finding it easier.
This camera is very heavy with the prism on.

I fitted new bellows and foam to the body , and checked the shutter timing of this lens.
I have 2 more lenses to check before use.
It will take me a while to accumulate enough rolls to process, to see how the camera is performing.
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