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05-21-2008, 05:04 PM   #16
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My favorite "walking around" lens is the XR Rikenon 35/2.8.
It's an excellent lens, and very inexpensive.

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05-21-2008, 07:07 PM   #17
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It's probably the best compromise focal length for 35mm. There is a reason for why all those billions of point and shoot cameras that killed the SLR market through the 80's and 90's came with 35mm lenses (at least until they started putting zooms onto them).
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i just finished looking through eekbay and no Pentax 35mm lenses to be found...
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Maybe this thread wasn't such a good idea. Now I've got Javier bidding up my lens.
Wait, maybe Javier is smarter than me...
Your right, no 35mm lenses on ebay, none at all, no need for anyone else to look, nothing to see here...
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05-21-2008, 08:26 PM   #20
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Don't forget the FA 43 Ltd.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jgredline Quote
i just finished looking through eekbay and no Pentax 35mm lenses to be found...
Actually, you may want to look again. I noticed a couple of M's and at least one A lens earlier today when I was looking through the lenses. Set your search for "Pentax 35mm" in the lens section.
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I did find this one and thought it was a great price. I really do not need this and so if anyone wants it. Tokina 19-35mm WA for Pentax K10D,K100D,K20D,K200D - eBay (item 270238006277 end time May-26-08 05:22:30 PDT)

otherwise I will go ahead and snatch it up.
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You might want to try KEH, too. I do not know what they have in terms of Pentax 35s, but I know their condition grades are thoroughly accurate.

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It took a while, I'm glad the 43 Ltd is mentioned. I love it on a film body, whether manual or auto focus. It's probably the best all around lens I have, especially for this type of shooting. And it is TINY too.

I'm also partial to the 28mm view - just haven't been able to get my eye as well into the 35mm view. But that's just me.

The 43, my SMC-A 28, Yashinon DX 35/2.8, and my Takumar 35/3.5 are all small, light, easy to use lenses, and I've spent days walking around the city with each. Yes, the auto exposure possibility with the 43 and 28 come in handy, but the two screw mounts aren't exactly hair shirts either.
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I recommend avoiding the SMC Pentax-M 35/2.8 lens.

Due to its design it has a tendency to get a sticky diaphragm.
Helical grease liquifies and deposits on the aperture blades.

Many lenses will suffer this malady, especially after 20+ years,
but it appears to happen far more frequently with this model.

I have had several of these and each developed this problem.
One even recurred less than a year after Eric H. CLAed it.

I shall assume the same is true of the -A version as well.
I'll let you know; I just bought one.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jgredline Quote
You guys now have me thinking of a 35 or 40mm lens
and i'm thinking of a 28 and 35mm too
05-22-2008, 09:49 PM   #27
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Seriously? If you wan't to street photo shooting from the hip? Get an LX with the FF-1 wievfinder, then you can shoot from the hip and look through the viewfinder, and the magical thing will happen: People won't care about what you do, they will think you are fiddling around with the camera, having some sort of problem with it, not realising that you are actually taking apicture of them, and all the time in full controle, no guess-aiming. And you will be invisible.
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Sorry for that slight hijack. More to the core of the thread. Why don't get/keep three lenses, but only use one at the time?
24 or 28 mm
50 mm (1.4 if you can get it, but the 1.7 is not close behind and smaller)
100/2.8, very sharp and considerably smaller than a 135 mm, with it the me super will still fit into a big pocket
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I'd also like to put in a vote for the FA43 - absolutely wonderful on film, tiny and light and works as an AF lens on later bodies. Should keep hold of its resale value pretty well too... If you're only having one lens then your camera deserves a Limited!

These were taken last weekend with an MX / FA43 / Fuji Reala 100 (straight scans done at time of processing, no cropping or other PP):

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Although it's difficult to tell from the screen resolution, the print of the last picture is as sharp and contains as much detail as anything I've ever shot on 35mm. Oh, and the 43mm balances absolutely perfectly on an MX so it should do on an ME Super as well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Douglas_of_Sweden Quote
Sorry for that slight hijack. More to the core of the thread. Why don't get/keep three lenses, but only use one at the time?
I took my beloved SV out shooting yesterday. Had a 28/3.5 mounted, a 55/1.8 in one pants pocket, and a 105/2.8 in the other.

I find that I generally enjoy my photography excursions a hell of a lot more when I am out in that "pants pocket" configuration than I do when I am carrying along a bag full of gear.
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