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03-23-2007, 05:30 PM   #1
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Pentax Screw-mount Cameras & Lenses

My dad has a coworker who's father was a serious photographer, and she has come by his Pentax camera equipment. This is all screw-mount stuff.

I'd like these amazing members which ones to grab for. AKA which are the best.

CAMERAS:


Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic - with SMC Takumar f/1.4 50mm

Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic SPII - with SMC Takumar f/1.8 55mm

Honeywell Pentax H1a (Hia???) - with Super Takumar f/2 55mm

Kodak Instamatic Reflex - Xenar f/2.8 45mm

LENSES:

Super Takumar f/3.5 28mm

SMC Takumar f/2.8 105mm

SMC Takumar f/4 200mm

Vivitar Auto Telephoto f/5-6 400mm M

From what I've read, the f/1.4 50mm, f/3.5 28mm, the f/2.8 105mm, and the f/4 200mm would be good lenses.

03-23-2007, 06:38 PM   #2
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CAMERAS:
Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic - with SMC Takumar f/1.4 50mm

Grab it.

Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic SPII - with SMC Takumar f/1.8 55mm
Some people like their 55mm better than the 50mm. Grab this one, too.

Honeywell Pentax H1a (Hia???) - with Super Takumar f/2 55mm
This one is more for collectors, probably. The older Super-Takumars don't have the smc coatings on them, so they're not (usually) as all-around good as the later models.

Kodak Instamatic Reflex - Xenar f/2.8 45mm
Sorry, don't know much about it.

LENSES:
Super Takumar f/3.5 28mm

My SMC Takumar 28/3.5 is one of my favorite lenses. (This is saying a lot.) But like the one above, the Super-Taks don't have the same coatings.

SMC Takumar f/2.8 105mm
Grab it. It is sharp as hell.

SMC Takumar f/4 200mm
I'd grab this, even though they're still relatively easy to find and not very expensive. They do a good job overall, although if you're in to serious telephoto work it can be less convenient than modern lenses.

Vivitar Auto Telephoto f/5-6 400mm
Skip it. Vivitar made some great glass, but most of it was under the 'Vivitar Series 1' label. I've had three Vivitar Auto XXX lenses and they all were ho-hum.
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out of the above I can highly recommend the 50mm f1.4 and 28mm f3.5 (one of my favourite lenses too), from experience.

I am still using them even after getting FA43mm limited, 28mm more than the 50mm, but they are both great... grab them while you can... as for the others I have read excellent stuff on the 105mm, and really you can't go wrong if you stick to Carpents comments above...
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I'll echo what others have said -- the 28/3.5 and 50/1.4 are probably my two favorite and most-used lenses, for both film and digital. In fact, I have 2 50/1.4's; one I use with a "good" K-mount adapter that is kind of a pain to install, and one I keep fitted with one of those el-cheapo adapters that doesn't allow infinity focus. It's my quasi-M-50/1.4. It's by far my favorite portrait lens with digital.

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How obtainable is a Pentax M42-to-K-mount adapter???
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I just picked up the authentic Pentax adapter new in the package for $30 CDN at a local photo store.
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Oh if you can grab that 105mm! Wish I got it a couple years back when I tried it on a DS and not too many people were taking notice.
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If I didn't already have a 105/2.8, I'd track you down and wrestle you for it. I don't use mine all that much for general photography, but it is what I reach for when doing portraits. Also a good lens on the end of some macro extension tubes. Put it on with a 2x converter, and you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference between images taken with it and with the 200/4.

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