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06-21-2016, 02:12 PM   #31
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I'm surprised there aren't many mentions of M42 bodies and lenses. For me, that's where it's at.

I'd either have to go with a SP + ST50/1.4 (8), or a K + 58/2. If it must be just one, I'd go the SP/50 with a supply of Delta 400.

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I'm surprised there aren't many mentions of M42 bodies and lenses. For me, that's where it's at.

I'd either have to go with a SP + ST50/1.4 (8), or a K + 58/2. If it must be just one, I'd go the SP/50 with a supply of Delta 400.
Can't fault the M42 bodies. Or the lenses. Both are great, yet many discount them just because they're older, or because they "lack" automatic features. I've got a Spotmatic SP I need to restore that I'll never sell. (My media production teacher gave it to me, with a bunch of lenses, for free, purely because he knew I liked Pentax. Best teacher ever? ) Anyway, it's a lovely camera.
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M42 bodies - Porst Compact Reflex SP aka Cosina CSR or CSM. One of the best in M42 because have a spot metering, is small. This camera have a one of the best mechanic. But this have a one problem. Switch of DOF and exposure. This switch be blocked with exactly Auto Rikenon 55mm f/1.4 ... Lens for this camera :Super Takumar 50mm 8 elements or SMC Tak 35mm f/3.5

K mount body : Z1 or K2DMD. Z1 have a 1/8000, good metering, AF. But someone say about a power (F**** battery C2...) I have a handmade powergrip with 4xAA battery and focusing screen from LX for MF K2DMD because this camera is a tank ! Lenses : Planar T* 50mm f/1.7 (C/Y mod for PK) or SMC-K 35mm f/3.5

Film - Extar 100 or Pan-F 50.
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For me, the MZ-S and FA43. Perfect.




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M42 bodies - Porst Compact Reflex SP aka Cosina CSR or CSM. One of the best in M42 because have a spot metering, is small. This camera have a one of the best mechanic. But this have a one problem. Switch of DOF and exposure. This switch be blocked with exactly Auto Rikenon 55mm f/1.4 ... Lens for this camera :Super Takumar 50mm 8 elements or SMC Tak 35mm f/3.5

K mount body : Z1 or K2DMD. Z1 have a 1/8000, good metering, AF. But someone say about a power (F**** battery C2...) I have a handmade powergrip with 4xAA battery and focusing screen from LX for MF K2DMD because this camera is a tank ! Lenses : Planar T* 50mm f/1.7 (C/Y mod for PK) or SMC-K 35mm f/3.5

Film - Extar 100 or Pan-F 50.
I hadn't ever even thought of the Z-1, but it does sound pretty good on paper. Do you have any pictures or info on your powergrip?

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For me, the MZ-S and FA43. Perfect.


Every time I see the MZ-S, I can't help but respect its design. It's a gorgeous tanky looking camera. Definitely on the wishlist.
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I hadn't ever even thought of the Z-1, but it does sound pretty good on paper. Do you have any pictures or info on your powergrip?
@SpartanD63 This is made from ME grip. Like a original grip for Z1. I can make better pict's later.


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QuoteOriginally posted by RR84 Quote
I'm surprised there aren't many mentions of M42 bodies
QuoteOriginally posted by SpartanD63 Quote
Can't fault the M42 bodies.
The issue with M42 bodies is that you can't use any of the great Pentax K-Mount lenses made over the years. If you want that Spotmatic feel then a K1000 or KM will suffice for most folks and you can use any M42 or K-Mount lens with them.

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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
The issue with M42 bodies is that you can't use any of the great Pentax K-Mount lenses made over the years. If you want that Spotmatic feel then a K1000 or KM will suffice for most folks and you can use any M42 or K-Mount lens with them.
But in this case you are only allowed one lens anyways...

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But in this case you are only allowed one lens anyways...
Correct with one film body. My above reply was why not many M42 film bodies were mentioned.

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With such narrow constraints, I'd just go simple with a fixed lens camera like my Fuji GSW690III. A simple travel camera that's pretty light for a medium format with a good lens and yields much higher quality than small format cameras.
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Wow, so divided...

Part of me jumps at a Leica, with a 50 or 35...

If it were a SLR, I don't even know if I would go modern with a 28-105 zoom and something with z in the name, or classic, with a MX (smoothest action of any SLR I've ever used) or super program and a simpler optic...

If it were medium format, I think a Rolleiflex would beat out a 67, but it would be close because of that wooden grip and ridiculous noise from the Pentax...

Or what was the Fuji 645 with the zoom and built-in flash? That was fun...

It's a hard question ☺

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For me this would be the ME Super with a 1.4/50.

My start with Pentax had been a ME Super with the 2/50, and I later added the Super A with the A 1.4/50.
Of course the Super A offered more possibilities, but is completely depending on batteries.
As I once had to use my ME Super for a quarter of a year without battery (after a crash), I learned to appreciate the fully mechanical 1/125 sec exposure setting.

And with aperture priority and manual mode the ME Super is really fast, and also flexible. And the VF is a dream!
If there was an available Pentax M (or A) 2.8/35-70, I would probably think about it.
With my Super A, I often used the Tokina AT-X 2.8/35-70, just for the faster aperture. It was good, but at 2.8 quite soft (and big and heavy!).
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For me it would be my Ricoh A-100 with my M 1.4/50 and If my K2 could go to Eric first it would be a toss up. I just prefer the two arms in the viewfinder meter over LEDs and the added bulk of those late 70's bodies verses the newer bodies.
If i were to keep an Auto Focus body it would be my EOS 620 and the EF 1.8/50. Its just works with out the added fluff or newer AF bodies.

Although I would have a hard time giving up my Super Program, CP7m or KR-30sp

For Film Kentmere 100 and Some TriX 400
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Without a single doubt it would be a K1000 SE in brown leatherette. An eye-catching design, simple manual functions, and you know you've taken a photo when you hear that delightful shutter action. For learner to professional I cannot imagine needing any more than this exceptional camera.
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QuoteOriginally posted by johnpentax Quote
Without a single doubt it would be a K1000 SE in brown leatherette. An eye-catching design, simple manual functions, and you know you've taken a photo when you hear that delightful shutter action. For learner to professional I cannot imagine needing any more than this exceptional camera.
Problem with K-3, main board faulty, make me wonder which is my best set. Really best set. I think about Z-1, SMC-K 35mm f/3.5 and Ektar's 100 or Fuji Press 400. I prefer Fuji because photography from this film have a specific characteristic. Some like a press photography with good characteristic for landscapes. Generaly Fuji Press is a better Superia 400.
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