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05-20-2008, 05:42 PM   #1
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one prime for a me super

My equipment has really changed in the last few months, most of my manual focus lanses are gone or going. But I still have my me super. Since it was my dad's, and I learned how to take pictures with it, it has sentimental value. I want to use it as a pocket street camera with a single lens. I tend to favor a slightly wide lens for this, 35-40mm. The M 40mm 2.8 would be great size wise, but the reviews are less than good. The 40mm voigtlander looks great, but a little spendy. Any recommendations?
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I like to use a 28mm for street photography. I set it to f8, and the focus to 10 feet, and I am prefocused 5' to infinity. The camera is now a point and shoot. You can do the same with any other lens, but the wider lens allows a closer preset focus.

But then I think the M 50 1.4 is the most versitile lens you could use with the camera. With the 50, I can shoot with both eyes open, and its like i'm not even looking through the viewfinder. And a fast lens for low light can't be beat.

But some days you need just a little more reach. So the 135 3.5 is a good choice. inexpensive, a little underrated, esay to find for under eighty bucks.

So the ONE lens? I would go with the 50, over the 28, over the 135. But I like to have all three.
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I've always liked the M 50mm f1.4 on my ME-super. If I have to pick one lens, that would be it.
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I have really fallen for the 28mm wide. I find the 50 not wide enough, but this comes down to taste. Since I tend to shoot scenes, the wider works for me. I too basically have it set to infinity and fire away unless I am doing a true close up.
These where shot with 28mm lens on my K1OOO.






No way could I have got these with a 50mm


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For "walk around" I'd recommend a wide angle lens. I really liked the 28 on my ME in my film days but it is perhaps too wide if it's to serve as your only lens. 35mm then? Or 31/1.8 Limited (it's perhaps a bit bulky for an ME)!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fritz Quote
I've always liked the M 50mm f1.4 on my ME-super. If I have to pick one lens, that would be it.
Same here, but I shoot with AF bodies. Give me my FA 50mm 1.4 on the Z-1P, MZ-5n or MZ-7, even on the ME Super. I just shot a roll of Tri-X 36 exposures and I find it hard to come up with one shot that is not a keeper.
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My first kit with the me years ago was an M28, M50 and M135. I used the 28 more than the 50, but for one lens it's a little wide. I hope to get the 31mm to match with my 77mm for use on my ZX-5N and sometimed K10, but I wouldn't want to just toss it in a bag or pocket. Any recommendations for 35mm lenses? Pentax or not. By the way, how would you meter with a screwmount on a me, stopdown?
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Vancouver - street shots

Here are some Vancouver street shots with my ME super, and the 28mm 2.8. Shot from the hip. No post process except for resize. I used the view finder for the building.

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for street photography you cant really go wrong with a 28, 35, or 50 and its easy to see that these are the common choices (look at my sig) if 50 isn't quite wide enough then 35 is great. I find I use my 35 more than any of the three but 28 is also a wonderful focal length. of course 50 is better for 'street portraits' and the 28 is better for wider angle scenes, this is why I carry all three. the best I can tell you is maybe use a zoom that covers this range and set the zoom to each of these focal lengths and test them out for a day like that to see which one you like the best. I can personally vouch for the A series I use so I would assume the M series is just as good if not likely better. as for the 40, well pentax has only made two 40's as far as I know both pancakes. the M 40 and the DA 40. ive read the Voigtländer 40 suffers from flare but I cant back that up.
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The nice thing about the old 28s is that they come with the hyperfocal markings right on the lens in case you want to use it for quickdraw street shooting or as a sort of point-n-shoot. Just set it to f8 and 3 meters. Orange markings make it easy.
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unless im mistaken on these markings both my 28 and my 35 have hyperfocal markings. f8/4.5 meters for my 35
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Get a 40mm f2.8 pancake and one of those cool belt clips!
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I, too, have almost opted for a 40mm prime--the 40mm Voigt interests me in particular. Many of the Japanese believe that the 40mm focal length is the best for the 35mm format. In any case, a 35, 40, or 50mm prime is what I would choose. If one is shooting mostly outdoor shots, I would tend to say that a 2.8 offers plenty of aperture. Also, many sub-2 lenses do not look that great wide open. This is why I had no problem buying a 35/3.5 recently.

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The 40/2.8 pancake is just fine. I have read reviews that say it isn't a good lens and have concluded that the reviewers must have had their eyes gouged out by angry ducks.
I've owned two of them, one was in terrible condition and took very good pictures, the one i have now is in excellent condition and takes very good pictures.
The 40mm Voigtlander is a somewhat better lens, but you are going to pay a lot to get only a little better.
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You guys now have me thinking of a 35 or 40mm lens
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