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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-24-2017, 03:06 PM  
Pentax Film Camera
Posted By boriscleto
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The LX needs an aperture ring to function. A lens without an aperture ring will only work at the narrowest aperture. The best Pentax film camera to use without an aperture ring would probably be the MZ-S or PZ-1...The DA* 300 will not autofocus with any Pentax film camera...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-24-2017, 03:07 PM  
Pentax Film Camera
Posted By sergysergy
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I think those lenses don't have an aperture ring and therefore you wouldn't have aperture control
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-24-2017, 03:13 PM  
Pentax Film Camera
Posted By Adam
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You would need an A-series camera or newer, i.e. the super A, P series, Z series, or MZ series.

The super program is one of my favorites if you want that old-school look and feel. For functionality, the Z-1/PZ-1 are best as they allow for electronic aperture control through the body, just like DSLRs, so you'd actually be able to control the aperture directly rather than rely on P/Tv mode.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-24-2017, 03:47 PM  
Pentax Film Camera
Posted By beachgardener
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yes the Z-1 is great with the DA 35 2.4
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-24-2017, 04:39 PM  
Pentax Film Camera
Posted By Bob 256
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I have the PZ-1p and you can dial in the aperture from the camera - no need for an aperture ring. The Pz-1p is available used and is a great camera. The pop-up flash is one of its shortcomings since it will shadow with many larger lenses. Shutter speeds to 1/4000s and comfortable to hold.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-24-2017, 04:41 PM  
Pentax Film Camera
Posted By twilhelm
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I recently purchased the MZ-6 and once I put the 31 on it, I don’t want to take it off. The 300 will work, but I don’t believe you’ll have autofocus. I don’t have the 300, but if it doesn’t have screw drive capability, it won’t.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-24-2017, 07:17 PM  
Pentax Film Camera
Posted By mikesbike
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35mm film bodies these days are very inexpensive. It is the cheapest way by far to get full-frame images- unless you tend to shoot an awful lot of pictures. in that case, a K-1 might pay for itself if you keep it long term. It would be worth serious consideration to acquire the FA 35mm f/2 lens. On a film body or a Pentax FF digital DSLR, the K-1 or another to follow, this lens becomes one of the most versatile primes you can carry, and delivers quality of the highest order.

The PZ-1p is in many ways the most advanced body Pentax ever made in terms of operational features and capability. Its AF is quite antiquated, a single sensor which is not a cross-sensor, but given an edge to lock onto it is remarkably fast and accurate.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-24-2017, 11:31 PM  
Pentax Film Camera
Posted By Pioneer
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I can definitely recommend the PZ-1 or PZ-1p. Excellent Pentax film cameras and work very nicely with the newer lenses that require the aperture to be controlled by the camera.

The autofocus is basic using a single, center focus point, but it is actually quite fast in spite of this...or maybe because of this.

Autoexposure is very well implemented and this was the first body (as far as I know) to implement the hyper programming that allow you to use program modes yet adjust shutter or aperture settings without stepping into a separate mode. This is still used in many of the Pentax digital bodies so the PZ-1 will be very easy to use for those who are accustomed to working with the K series digital bodies.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-07-2017, 02:54 AM  
Should I invest into Canon as well?
Posted By Alex645
Replies: 90
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Navin,
I went from Yashica (35mm and medium format) to Minolta (35mm) and Pentax (medium format). When all my Minolta gear was stolen, I switched to Nikon and currently shoot both Nikon and Pentax (film and digital).

As a pro, I could justify the expense of two systems. Now I am a teacher and do photography for personal enrichment and to stay current. If Nikon offered a medium format option, I wouldnʻt have gone into Pentax. But now beyond medium format, I appreciate the merits of Pentax DSLRs (645, FF, and APS-C) and the special qualities of their lenses (WR, limiteds, etc).

We have all been reading rumors about not just Pentax dying, but also SLRs, film, etc. Rumors are like tumors. They seem to grow and worry us with fear. Yes, the tumor could be benign or malignant, but the best course of action is to excise it, even though itʻll probably just grow back on itʻs own. This aspect of your decision to use another system should be a very low concern.

Canon has an edge in video and action photography, although at the moment, the Nikon D500 has my vote for best sports and wildlife DSLR. But overall, the K-1 is by far a better value with great features and the Sony sensor is much more forgiving than the Canon in low light and high contrast scenarios.

The grass will always seem greener, but ultimately it will come down to your skills, and then the best lens for the subject. Your camera choice should just support your favorite lens or lenses.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-06-2017, 05:15 PM  
Should I invest into Canon as well?
Posted By LFLee
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As a long time Pentax fans, I think as far as lens collection goes, you are not too heavily invest in Pentax lenses, so switching brand will not cost that much.

If you want to go mirrorless, change, Sony (FF) or Fuji (APSC / MF).
If you want to move to FF DSLR, and have specific lenses in mind that you wanna use and they don't come in K-mount, change, Canon / Nikon.

since you want 7D Mark II, it is still APSC, and just for the Speed --- I don't know, maybe buy it and try it out to see if AF is really that good?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-06-2017, 03:56 PM  
Should I invest into Canon as well?
Posted By photoptimist
Replies: 90
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Shooting with two systems means doubling your investment in lenses and bringing more weight in the field. The inability to share lenses seems like a significant disadvantage. It also means learning two different body systems in terms of button layouts, best settings, and workflow.

Both the K-3ii and KP are major upgrades from the K-10D in terms of speed, AF, resolution. Both the K-3ii and KP cost less than the Canon 7D Mark II and have higher resolution. I'd bet that a K-3ii and KP plus a DFA 150-450 would be similar in cost to Canon 7D Mark II plus a 100-400 and with Pentax you'd get to share all the lenses you already own.

To me, the "jump ship before it sinks" strategy makes no sense for photography. Even if Pentax dies the day after you get your next camera, you'll still get years of use out of it and probably the opportunity to buy a lot awesome glass at declining prices. And now that the megapixel wars are slowing down, camera bodies aren't going obsolete very quickly. There's really very little risk. And that's assuming you buy the myth that the gear really matters.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-07-2017, 05:09 AM  
Should I invest into Canon as well?
Posted By talgarik
Replies: 90
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It seems you are into telephoto lenses, if you want to go FF you will need bigger and costlier lenses to achieve the same focal range you are enjoying now on APS-C: is it worth the economical and physical effort?
You have mentioned the 7DmarkII, in terms of speed it would be an improvement, no doubt about that, it would't be so in terms of resolution and overall quality of the RAW files.
Basically your motivation to switch brand is wrong, if you are willing for real to follow the rumors, the only safe brand to buy today would be Sony.
If you are satisfied with your Pentax equipment, then stay with Pentax, if you don't like the KP or the K70, wait for Pentax next camera.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-07-2017, 06:29 AM  
Should I invest into Canon as well?
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 90
Views: 5,124


No matter if it's Canon, Pentax, or any other brand, I would not call an "investment" spending money on photography gear. At best, it's just an expense on which you can expect some return if you sell back the gear, assuming it still has a significant value when you sell it. But even then, it still a loss and not an "investment".

This reminds me a post I've seen on another forum where the guy answered to people why he bought a K-1 and not a 5D in face of the rumors on Pentax's death. He answered that, even assuming that his K-1 value would fall to zero, he would have loss, at worst, 2000$. Which is about the same loss, or even less, he would expect to have on a 5DIV or DS bought new and sold used a few years later. So, even in the worst case scenario, the K-1 was still a bet as safe as Canon to put his money on.
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