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06-07-2017, 03:15 PM - 1 Like   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Swift1 Quote
Pentax 67 with 90/2.8...
Replace the 90/2.8 with the 105/2.4, and you've got my answer.

06-07-2017, 03:19 PM   #17
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Important questions:

1) Must we choose a body and lens in our current possession?

2) Are we allowed to assume that the camera WILL continue to function and that batteries (if rare) WILL continue to be available?
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My P30T and my Rikenon P 50 1.4. I might have said SMC-A 50 1.4 but I haven't used one before.
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If we're limited to gear we already own, my choice would be the K2DMD and SMC Pentax-A 24-50/4.

The SMC Pentax-A 35-105/3.5 runs a close second as the sole lens, but I'd probably use the wider end more, and the 24-50 is easier to carry. Of course, the SMC Pentax-A 50/1.2 was also in my thinking, but isn't as versatile, as much as I like it.

Sadly, the LX wouldn't make the cut, either, but probably only because I've had the K2DMD for a lot longer, so it's more familiar (and the shutter is a lot quieter).

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Hmmmm so many delicious choices I suppose for history it should be a classic spotmatic with a 55 or 58 mm normal lens, this was the combination that truly cemented the company name as a classic photographic tool in the 60's. 50 Years on with a slightly practical sense it has to be the long serving and completely versatile LX with the Motor Drive, the FA-1W viewfinder for my poor vision, the 250 exposure back and ref converter . Yummy , now for the lens, just one, really this is just too cruel. The FA* 80-200 2.8 just screams at me.......... no, what about the sweet FA* 85 f1.4, creamy smooth bokeh and wow what a great people lens......... nope, it just has to be the 50mm A series f1.2, great lens with solid construction and perfect low light aperture range for the film era, it just harks back to the history of the classic spotmatic and normal focal lens that contains the DNA of every pentax camera.
That's it LX and 50mm
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
Pentax KX with K35/2.0

Thanks Paul!

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What he said ^ ^ ^

I have become fond of the 35mm focal length and it suits my general choice of subjects well. The KX is a given for "forever" use, though it is not my favorite film camera.


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It's funny this question should come up today, because I just got not one but FOUR cameras (and two lenses) back from Eric today (OMG they look factory fresh), and at least three of the four bodies are candidates for keeper: MX, S1a, Spotmatic F. My task now is to decide which is the first to get a B&W film put in it (the fourth is the Ricoh XR-1, which is vying to be the winner because it has a multiple exposure button and I want to try Ansel Adams' pre-sensitisation trick).
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QuoteOriginally posted by g026r Quote
Replace the 90/2.8 with the 105/2.4, and you've got my answer.
I debated between the 2, and I feel (for me) the 90/2.8 is more versatile... but I could go either way.

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This is hard, but I'm gonna go with MX and FA31.

I was on the fence - nearly chose the 67 with 75/2.8.... but then I didn't.
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QuoteOriginally posted by chickentender Quote
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I was on the fence - nearly chose the 67 with 75/2.8.... but then I didn't.
I thought about that combo, but I have never used the 75/2.8 so don't know if I would like it.
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I could never let go of my KX & K28/3.5 that I've owned for over 40 years, so that would be it.

It would be sacrilege to choose anything else.

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I could never let go of my KX & K28/3.5 that I've owned for over 40 years, so that would be it.

It would be sacrilege to choose anything else.

Phil.
Choosing the camera is hard enough. Choosing among all the exceptional SMC lenses is just too hard. On my short list were many, and the 85/1.8 that I chose. That doesn't even permit consideration of the FA Limiteds, which are all exemplary on K body film cameras, or the telephoto K's. If I can choose only one, I want a short telephoto because it is so versatile and the K85/1.8 is nearly as sharp as the 77 Ltd..

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06-07-2017, 07:43 PM   #28
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Assuming this is a perfect world where things never break...

LX, M28/f2 and Kodak 400TMAX

Assuming this is not a perfect world and things do break...

As above, but swap the LX for an MX - manual goodness
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My Black K2 w/K 50 f1.4

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QuoteOriginally posted by pathdoc Quote
It's funny this question should come up today, because I just got not one but FOUR cameras (and two lenses) back from Eric today (OMG they look factory fresh), and at least three of the four bodies are candidates for keeper: MX, S1a, Spotmatic F. My task now is to decide which is the first to get a B&W film put in it (the fourth is the Ricoh XR-1, which is vying to be the winner because it has a multiple exposure button and I want to try Ansel Adams' pre-sensitisation trick).
Use an auto Tukmar its single coating flashes shadows adaptively to compress scenes, soften toe contrast and pastel colours, Cosina still make single coated lenses for this!
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