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08-27-2013, 01:57 PM   #1
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Greetings to all,

I have a Pentax A3000 Film SLR. I typically use a Pentax-A 1:7 prime lens on it. I would like to try an experiment. I want to use my Pentax-A SMC 1:4~5.6 35-80mm lens on the A3000. Are there any caveats I need to know prior to
using this lens on my A3000? Any assistance will be greatly appreciated. The lens does have an auto feature on the f/stop ring.

Muchas Gracias,

Tony


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QuoteOriginally posted by Tonytee Quote
Greetings to all,

I have a Pentax A3000 Film SLR. I typically use a Pentax-A 1:7 prime lens on it. I would like to try an experiment. I want to use my Pentax-A SMC 1:4~5.6 35-80mm lens on the A3000. Are there any caveats I need to know prior to
using this lens on my A3000? Any assistance will be greatly appreciated. The lens does have an auto feature on the f/stop ring.

Muchas Gracia,

Tony
That particular lens is actually designed for that camera, so you shouldn't have any issues using it

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By all means, put it on! Shoot a roll! your 35-80 is made for your A3000

SMC Pentax-A 35-80mm F4-5.6 Reviews - A Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
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That particular lens is actually designed for that camera, so you shouldn't have any issues using it
Thanks very much. I tellya, this A3000 is a real joy for me to use. A hefty body, however it is very reliable and solid throughout.

Thanks again.

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By all means, put it on! Shoot a roll! your 35-80 is made for your A3000

SMC Pentax-A 35-80mm F4-5.6 Reviews - A Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
Made for the A3000? Interesting, since it was attached to the ZX-30 I purchased. I am really impressed with this lens. I do like to photo flowers up close, and the end results would be unimaginable for the price. Crisp, great detail and bokeh and excellent color balance. I do believe that dollar for dollar, Pentax is really the best for your photography purchases. Thanks again.

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The ZX-30 is an auto focus camera, so the F or FA series are a better fit for it. That particular lens is one of the later A series and is made a lot like the F series, but lacking auto focus, I assume it was meant for the ZX-M. The F or FA lenses would be fine on the A3000 as well. The FA-J lenses will work, but not in Av mode because they don't have an aperture ring.
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The F or FA lenses would be fine on the A3000 as well.
Of course they can be used. But most F and FA lenses have a very short focus throw to make AF faster, and nearly no damping on a (much smaller) focus ring, for the same reason.

This makes manual focusing more difficult.
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