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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-05-2014, 03:37 PM  
SMC Takumar 55 1.8 or m 50 1.7
Posted By A_Dave
Replies: 15
Views: 2,668
Thanks for all the feedback, I'm glad this didn't turn into a debate about m42 adapters. I guess I'll bite the bullet and try a genuine adapter, and continue searching for wider-angle Takumar lenses over the M's. It has been less than a year and I've managed to find two in great condition, so it seems likely that more will come up.

I am still considering a new prime with autofocus... the limited's look real nice.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-05-2014, 11:42 AM  
SMC Takumar 55 1.8 or m 50 1.7
Posted By A_Dave
Replies: 15
Views: 2,668
Are the cheap adapters okay to use? Perhaps the cases of them getting stuck are rare..
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-05-2014, 11:02 AM  
SMC Takumar 55 1.8 or m 50 1.7
Posted By A_Dave
Replies: 15
Views: 2,668
I own a Pentax-M 50 f1.7 that gets frequent use on my K-5ii. I just picked up a Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 55 f1.8 on my local Craigslist. From the pictures posted on its review, I think its the 1971 version.

Both lenses seem to be highly rated here, and since I do not currently own any other M42 lenses, is it worth buying a $50.00 adapter only to find that I like the 50 1.7 just as much?

Does anyone have a preference?
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-28-2014, 07:40 AM  
Electronic Level K-5 ii
Posted By A_Dave
Replies: 4
Views: 1,082
I guess it is, if you hit info a few times. Then its ONLY the level on the screen though. So in that case live view is probably better.
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-28-2014, 06:11 AM  
Electronic Level K-5 ii
Posted By A_Dave
Replies: 4
Views: 1,082
When activated, the level on the K-5 ii replaces the exposure meter in both the viewfinder and the top LCD. However, this shows only the horizontal movement of the camera, and not the vertical movement.

The only way I can figure out how to show this is in Live View. Am I missing something, or am I stuck with using live view for vertical adjustments forever?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-21-2014, 07:21 AM  
Did I get lucky?
Posted By A_Dave
Replies: 8
Views: 1,255
Thanks for the help guys. I assume any camera problems I would encounter would only involve external flash capabilities though, correct? I rarely have found a use to use any external flash as of yet, so hopefully even if I do encounter a problem it will only affect the use of those...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-20-2014, 08:26 PM  
Did I get lucky?
Posted By A_Dave
Replies: 8
Views: 1,255
I recently get an old flash with a Pentax ME camera I bought, and figured I'd throw some new batteries in it and try it out on my K5-ii.

I fired it a few times, it worked, and I threw it in my bag. Out of curiosity I started looking into what I had done, and found that the flash I used tops out at about 200 volts... and people worry about using anything over 10 volts...

My camera seems fine, but could there be a problem that has yet to surface?

Call me paranoid, but I'll be disgusted if I ruined an expensive camera due to my ignorance! I didn't think an old flash could ruin a camera.

Thanks for any help,
Dave
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-12-2014, 06:09 PM  
Hello from Pittsburgh (and Kent)
Posted By A_Dave
Replies: 4
Views: 559
Hello,

I am a college student studying Architecture at Kent State University in Ohio, (site of Crosby Stills Nash & Young 'Ohio') I got into photography when I came to school, at first because we were "required" to take pictures for... inspiration? and later on just for fun.

Anyway, after promptly buying a cheap point-and-shoot during the first week of classes because I had nothing else, I quickly realized the limitations of the camera: no way to directly choose a point of focus, no changing depth of field... I'm sure you all know.

I started borrowing my buddy's entry-level Nikon DSLR (A LOT) last semester, and liked shooting with it. However, his had some annoying design flaws, and I set out to find a better option.

After a million hours looking at reviews and such on the internet and asking around, I almost bought a Nikon D7000. Something about Pentax drew my attention though, and I picked up the K-5 ii with the 18-55mm WR lens. I couldn't be happier with it!

What I didn't realize at the time of purchase was that older lenses worked on the new bodies. A few weeks ago I bought an old Asahi ME with a Pentax 50mm 1.7 lens and a JC Penny 80-200mm lens all for $30 bucks. It's all in really good condition; it was the lady's grandfather's camera, he had old-school Vivitar filters on the lenses, and it came with a flash that still works on my camera! Talk about backwards compatibility - I think I got a good deal!

Can't say I use the JC Penny lens much, but I haven't taken the 50mm off my camera since I got it! Perhaps I'm incorrect in thinking older Pentax glass is superior to the kit lens I got, but I love the no-nonsense way of shooting with the manual focus and aperture ring. Why new camera lenses have an automatic aperture I can't understand, how hard is it to spin a ring around? I like feeling that I'm actually changing different settings to take my pictures, and not just relying on the camera to do it for me.

I want more prime lenses, but wider, like a 28 or 35 mm. I'll be going to Florence for a semester abroad during my time at Kent, and I want to be able to take decent pictures of building interiors.

I joined the forum mostly to do some more research into lenses and ask some questions of my own before I commit to a purchase. I am still a broke college student after all.

Sorry for the long introduction, thanks!
Dave
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