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09-24-2008, 09:03 AM   #1
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I have a P30t, and I enjoy it as well as my K10d. (And Argus C3 Brick) I am looking for some new lenses. I am sure I could spend several days looking through the various threads for adequate opinions about lenses I should buy. However, I would like to ask some of you two questions. The first, have you used any lens made by Phenix. Secondly, if you wanted to purchase three lenses for your film camera what would they be. What would be the ideal set (without going broke).

09-24-2008, 10:24 AM   #2
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1. Never tried any lens by Phenix.

2. You didn't say anything about what you like to shoot... so it's kind of hard to say what is good for you. And not knowing what lenses you already have makes it harder still.

But a 50mm 1.4 or 1.7/1.8 is never wrong...
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I like to shoot people, landscapes and whatever interesting buildings I see whenever I am walking around. I like Macro Photography, but I like to use the k10d for that. I recently went to a car show, and ended up with a bunch of pictures of hot rods, mainly because I liked the way they looked.
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as far as i know, Phoenix lenses are shit. there's a reason why they're so cheap.
a pretty good set would be the M 28 3.5, M 50 1.4, M 135 (either 2.5 or 3.5)
about $200 for the whole kitty and should cover everything you need

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What I use most often with my P30t or other film bodies are M50/1.7, A28/2.8, M35/2.8 or a 3rd party 135/2.8. All of them were pretty cheap.
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I'd say go for something wide, as in wider than 28mm. But they are generally not cheap and they're pretty hard to find also. Maybe try to find some third-party wide lens.

And then the smc 35mm 3.5 very nice and should not be expensive at all.
Then a 135mm of some sort, shouldn't be too expensive either.
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Well guys, I do appreciate the advice. A couple I was already figuring to purchase, namely the 135mm with a nice fat aperature, the 50mm with a nice fat aperature. I am thinking I will stay away from the Phoenix/Phenix (I've seen both spellings) lenses as well. I have never heard from anyone using them.

I will explore the wide angle lenses. These are sorely lacking in my arsenal.

I am also thinking to buy a K1000, or another camera as well.

I tend to shoot in manual exposure all the time. If I use any auto function, then it is set on the Program Mode and basically I am taking snapshots of the kids at a party. But this is rare. Even on the K10d I own, it rarely ventures to any mode but manual.
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I leave my P30T setting out where I can get to it and grab it whenever an opportunity arrises. I have a Pentax-A 35-70mm f/4 on it, it works very well. I also have a Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7 stashed in the bag with it. Between these two lenses, I seem to be covered since I mainly use it outdoors.

I have a K1000 also and love it, I am considering making it my "outdoor" camera since it is more difficult to focus in low light. I like the spilt prism for indoors much better.

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I have a P30T and use it as my 'second' camera since I bought a Program-A a few years ago. Prior to that though I used the P30T as my primary 35mm SLR and it's a really fun, easy camera to use.

Lens-wise you really can't go wrong with the 50mm SMC f1.4. The standard f1.7 can be picked up almost everywhere on evilBay for cheap, but the f1.4 weighs in a little more money. Worth it though; lovely lens.

I also use what is essentially a defective Tamron 28mm f2.8 which is nice and sharp in the middle and very blurry around the edges. For me this is a plus rather than a minus as it's a very good blur , but if that sort of thing appeals to you I doubt you could guarantee that all Tamron 28mms would have the same 'feature'.
What I'm sorely lacking is a decent K-mount portrait lens.
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