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03-09-2014, 08:45 PM   #1
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Optimal PZ-1/PZ-1P Lens Setup

So, I have begun my foray into 35mm film, and am quite enjoying it, but am finding that I miss many features on my fathers old K1000 and MG that I am willing to pickup a newer, more advanced film camera, such as the PZ-1. More importantly though, are what lenses I may buy. Given that I already have a slow M 50 f2 and a Access 28 f2.8, I was thinking about picking up some good used zoom lenses. The combo I'm thinking of purchasing are the FA 20-35 f4, F 24-40 f4 and the F 35-70 f3.5-4.5 so that I have my wide angle to portrait covered by more than one lens. Any input?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Joshua A Quote
So, I have begun my foray into 35mm film, and am quite enjoying it, but am finding that I miss many features on my fathers old K1000 and MG that I am willing to pickup a newer, more advanced film camera, such as the PZ-1. More importantly though, are what lenses I may buy. Given that I already have a slow M 50 f2 and a Access 28 f2.8, I was thinking about picking up some good used zoom lenses. The combo I'm thinking of purchasing are the FA 20-35 f4, F 24-40 f4 and the F 35-70 f3.5-4.5 so that I have my wide angle to portrait covered by more than one lens. Any input?
If you can find one, FA 24-90mm
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QuoteOriginally posted by Joshua A Quote
The combo I'm thinking of purchasing are the FA 20-35 f4, F 24-40 f4 and the F 35-70 f3.5-4.5 so that I have my wide angle to portrait covered by more than one lens. Any input?
Those are all outstanding lenses. I've had all of them. The F24-50/4 seems nice on my PZ-1. It and the FA28-105/3.2-4.5 are the best kit lenses I've used. Which means I don't think of them as kit lenses.


The FA24-90/3.5-4.5 is a nice single lens solution - in fact it was my first high quality lens I ever had. But be careful to get a good copy - it's one of the most likely to have problems. Too bad, because it takes great photos.
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I used three PZ1-p bodies and a bunch of lenses during my 1993-2002 stint as a local newspaper photojournalist. My favorite Pentax brand zoom was the 24-50MM F4. Some vignetting at 24mm was its only real drawback. I recently sold it and my other two workhorse film era AF lenses - a Tokina AT-X Pro 28-70mm F2.8 and AT-X Pro 80-200 F2.8. The Tokina pair wear great on the PZ-1's.
One non-AF zoom that is superb on any K-mount film body-the 35-105MM F3.5 SMCA Macro. I loved the one I had and would gladly buy another if I still shot any film. They are fairly cheap used as the focal length isn't particularly useful magnified by 1.5X on APSC digital bodies. My copy of this great zoom died a tragic death at a Memorial day parade when I was hit from behind and dropped the lens front element first on the curb.

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If you can still get by with Manual focus, I'll suggest a two lens combo. Both Vivitar, Series 1's. VS1 28-105 & VS1 70-210 (V-3). Both have the "A" setting on the aperture ring, so are fully compatable in every way except of course for the manual focus. These were my favorites when I was shooting with my Super Program and my back up KX (film).
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If not 24-90 from Pentax, than maybe some TOKINA lens 28-80mm or 28-70mm with 2.8 constant aperture.
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I tend to use primes to get the faster aperture if I can.

My main lens is the DA40 Ltd on the PZ1p. Makes the PZ1p a little funky to hold as you're basically holding it only with your right hand (what lens is there to hold onto with the DA40? haha). Occasionally I use it with the DA*55 F1.4 and use a combination of the focus indicator and my eyes to get a sharp shot.

Currently not using the PZ1p as it's really noisy but it's there in case I need to utilize DA lenses on full frame.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Joshua A Quote
So, I have begun my foray into 35mm film, and am quite enjoying it, but am finding that I miss many features on my fathers old K1000 and MG that I am willing to pickup a newer, more advanced film camera, such as the PZ-1. More importantly though, are what lenses I may buy. Given that I already have a slow M 50 f2 and a Access 28 f2.8, I was thinking about picking up some good used zoom lenses. The combo I'm thinking of purchasing are the FA 20-35 f4, F 24-40 f4 and the F 35-70 f3.5-4.5 so that I have my wide angle to portrait covered by more than one lens. Any input?
any FA lens works well on mine I use a 100-300 and 28 x 80 with good results

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I am using two Z1p for last 7 years, one is used as AF camera , and other one is used as manual lenses only camera ( with split image focusing screen perfectly calibrated ). For my AF setup I can unreservedly recommend the following lenses F28mm F 50 1.7 Sigma AF 24mm , macro F100mm f2.8 and Tamron 28-75mm f2.8. If I had to keep only one lens - it would be Tamron - my copy produces *superb* photos. If I was allowed to keep only two lenses - then I would go for Tamron + Sigma 24mm , with three lenses I would take Macro 100m aboard.

So my recommendation is : Sigma AF 24mm , Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 , SMC-F Macro 100mm f2.8

Hope it helps--manntax
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QuoteOriginally posted by Joshua A Quote
So, I have begun my foray into 35mm film, and am quite enjoying it, but am finding that I miss many features on my fathers old K1000 and MG that I am willing to pickup a newer, more advanced film camera, such as the PZ-1. More importantly though, are what lenses I may buy. Given that I already have a slow M 50 f2 and a Access 28 f2.8, I was thinking about picking up some good used zoom lenses. The combo I'm thinking of purchasing are the FA 20-35 f4, F 24-40 f4 and the F 35-70 f3.5-4.5 so that I have my wide angle to portrait covered by more than one lens. Any input?
It all depends on what you are shooting. I had a lot of fun with the samyang 14mm /2.8 on the PZ1 shooting B&W film in NYC
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Hey guy, first of all, thanks for all of the informative comments and insights. So anyway, in response to using a 28-90 as an all in one solution, is that although id love the flexibility of having it all in one, while I travel I prefer not to have all of my relatively expensive things (lenses, camera bodies, passport etc) in one place in case of theft. Also, I ring that having light lenses on the camera are preferable, and all of these lenses weight less than the 28-90. But, I am interested in some of the third party lenses that everyone has been mentioning, so some more insight would go a long way for me. Thanks guys!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Joshua A Quote
Also, I ring that having light lenses on the camera are preferable, and all of these lenses weight less than the 28-90. But, I am interested in some of the third party lenses that everyone has been mentioning, so some more insight would go a long way for me. Thanks guys!
If you mean the FA28-90, it's the lightest lens I've ever used, and it's worth much less than a good PZ-1, so I wouldn't worry about anything happening to it. So you could consider it.

But I'd just take my F24-50/4 and my Takumar F70-210/4-5.6 with my PZ-1 - two of my favorite lower-priced lenses, and a good match for that camera. The FA24-90/3.5-4.5 was only suggested in case you wanted just a single lens.
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Only one answer really!

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I really only use my M20/4, DA35/2.4, and FA28-70/4 on my Z-1P, although I really miss my old F50/1.7 and FA*24/2. My Vivitar 19-35 AF lens gets very little use.

I find if I'm going to use manual lenses, I'd rather put them on my LX or ME.
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For years I quite happily used my FA28-80/3.5-4.7PZ & F50/1.7 lenses with my Z-1 along with a Sigma 70-300 APO for long stuff. I now have a much more interesting selection and would prefer FA20-35/4, FA43/1.9 Ltd (or any F/FA50/1.4/1.7) and the Sigma for long stuff. A 24-50 or 24-90 might be an option or an F35-70 to go with the FA20-35.

Ideally of course, it's probably quite easy: FA31 Ltd, FA43 Ltd & FA77 Ltd...
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