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03-10-2014, 03:53 PM   #1
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Quick K-1000 Lens Compatibility Question...

Quick question, as I haven't found a straight answer on Google. Would a Pentax-FA SMC 1:3.5-5.6 28-80mm lens work with my K-1000? I know it will be auto-focus only but Im fine with that as I have the opportunity to pick it up for cheaper then I can get a K-mount ~50mm lens locally.

Anyway, any help would be much appreciated.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Yael Quote
Quick question, as I haven't found a straight answer on Google. Would a Pentax-FA SMC 1:3.5-5.6 28-80mm lens work with my K-1000? I know it will be auto-focus only but Im fine with that as I have the opportunity to pick it up for cheaper then I can get a K-mount ~50mm lens locally.

Anyway, any help would be much appreciated.
You mean it would be manual focus only, and also manual aperture (you can't use the 'A' setting)...
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Yeah sorry, "Manual-Focus" Only... I guess I havent had enough coffee today.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Yael Quote
Quick question, as I haven't found a straight answer on Google. Would a Pentax-FA SMC 1:3.5-5.6 28-80mm lens work with my K-1000? I know it will be auto-focus only but Im fine with that as I have the opportunity to pick it up for cheaper then I can get a K-mount ~50mm lens locally.

Anyway, any help would be much appreciated.
Yes, it will work on your film camera (K1000), manual focus.

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There is one drawback to using one like that though, the aperture rings usually feel terrible compared to the old M series lenses. I don't know about that one in particular though.
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There is one drawback to using one like that though, the aperture rings usually feel terrible compared to the old M series lenses. I don't know about that one in particular though.
The focus rings do as well -- hard to even grab them sometimes...
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The fact is, whether the aperture or focus rings have as high a quality feel as older manual lenses, the lens fits and will work just fine. The amazing fact of the Pentax cameras is the almost total compatibility across the entire line of lenses.

In fact, just about the only lenses that will not work well are the newer DA style lenses. Some of them will not have a large enough image circle, especially wide open, to cover the 35mm film frame, so the picture will vignette around the outer edges. None of the DA lenses have an aperture ring so you will be unable to adjust the aperture. Of course you can still use the lens as it will fit on the camera, but you will be limited to using the smallest aperture, usually f/22, to shoot with. The K1000 does not have the electronics necessary to adjust the aperture on these lenses.
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I have that lens with my SF1. It isn't pretty to look at (hence paired with the SF1), but it works just fine as a manual focus lens. You get about 90 degrees of turn on the somewhat-loose focus ring.
It has a "macro" mode and it is a flare-monster. That big flat front element just begs for a 58mm-threaded wide-angle lens hood.

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