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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-09-2015, 02:56 PM  
Standout Pentax film-era lenses for special/vintage/classic look also 3D pop & bokeh
Posted By pentax_rob
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That's a bit of a worry, hope I haven't got a dud! The 55/1.8 is relatively "looser" but consistent through entire range (feels similar to a Nikon E)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-09-2015, 11:06 AM  
Standout Pentax film-era lenses for special/vintage/classic look also 3D pop & bokeh
Posted By pentax_rob
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I did read somewhere that though many shared the same optical design, the K successors may have had slightly different coatings to the M42 SMC taks - though whether this is just conjecture, or marketing bluff from the period, or indeed makes any discernable difference I'm not sure!

---------- Post added 9th Sep 2015 at 11:18 AM ----------


Hi praise indeed, I will need to look further into those leica-esque lenses! The 31 Ltd is already high on my wishlist!
Quite interesting shooting with the 50/1.2 today, the dof is very thin, but the viewfinder image is not as crisp as I'm used to (I suspect due to age of these lenses). The focus on mine also seems quite loose towards infinity then gets very tight at the close end - not sure if this is normal or if it needs a CLA?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-08-2015, 12:03 PM  
Standout Pentax film-era lenses for special/vintage/classic look also 3D pop & bokeh
Posted By pentax_rob
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Thanks again everyone. I've ordered a K50/1.2 & K55/1.8 to start with - off the back of these recommendations :-) The other lenses in early SMC K series though are nigh impossible to find! When I can I will definitely be seeking the 105, 135 & 85 plus possibly widers - & then the A/FA's! The respective M42 versions of the K SMC lenses seem a lot easier to find here in the UK - does anyone know if these greatly differ optically or will the rendering/colour be the same? I wondered whether these might be worth going for with an adapter (or even getting a Spotmatic)?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-05-2015, 01:42 PM  
Standout Pentax film-era lenses for special/vintage/classic look also 3D pop & bokeh
Posted By pentax_rob
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Profound thanks to everyone for such a teriffic response - I've discovered lots of real gems in here!
I'd be really interested to hear if any of the F or FA lenses share some of the characteristics mentioned (for instance what about the 31mm Limited - & I've read about the FA 20mm f2.8 exhibiting "pixie dust"!). Also, loads of brilliant recommendations for nifty 50's, I would be keen to learn of some additional focal lengths, especially telephoto.
And finally are there lenses for the 645 or 67 that might display these qualities (the one I hear about frequently is the 105mm f/2.4 for the 67)
Thank you again :D

---------- Post added 5th Sep 2015 at 01:55 PM ----------


Thank you - fascinating to discover the K28/2 was a joint CZ/Pentax project - this appears to be the same lens design as the highly coveted "Hollywood" Distagon in CY mount! I will definitely have to hunt one out...& the 50/1.2 which seems to garner many mentions. There seems to be a number of 85's listed, f/1.8, f/1.9 & f/2 - would be interested in learning about the differences.

---------- Post added 5th Sep 2015 at 02:01 PM ----------


Your gorgeous depiction of the K lenses certainly has me sold on them! (That said I am quite fond of 70s aesthetics too!)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-04-2015, 02:07 PM  
Standout Pentax film-era lenses for special/vintage/classic look also 3D pop & bokeh
Posted By pentax_rob
Replies: 42
Views: 7,217
Hello all, I'm a relative newcomer to the world of Pentax & keen to discover which are the film-era Pentax lenses (primes, zooms, 35mm &/or medium format) that users consider to have special or unusual rendering styles; particularly those that lend to a more classic or vintage look (rather than the modern tendency to the clinically sharp & perfect)? Also, those lenses which give interesting or especially pleasing colour or bokeh; or maybe just those with downright weird & wonderful drawing styles! Do any offer the "glow" usually associated with Leica or the 3D Pop of Carl Zeiss? I realise this casts quite a wide net (& will also be considered contentious as these are aesthetic/subjective considerations). But I would be really interested in actual nominations of lenses & their qualities. Also as an aside can anyone pinpoint what are the essential characteristics/signature style associated with Pentax lenses in general? Thanks very much in anticipation :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-03-2015, 11:56 PM  
Recommendations for best Zoom lens (on Pentax film cameras)
Posted By pentax_rob
Replies: 24
Views: 3,624
Hi Fred, thanks a lot for those suggestions which definitely give some added food for thought with regards to telephoto zooms. You are probably right regarding subject line, I will try to be a little clearer in future :-) Thanks again, Rob
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-03-2015, 03:57 PM  
Pentax ZX-5n mirror motor problem (MZ-S/alternatives any better?)
Posted By pentax_rob
Replies: 7
Views: 2,896
Hi Tim, Thanks so much for getting back to me, you've been extremely helpful :-) The Boz site does look great, sure I will be referring to it frequently. I have an MZ-30 as backup which does multiple exposure anyhow if I did need it (though like you say probably never end up using!). That's assisted me in narrowing down my choices for a zoom, will just do a little bit more research on the final contenders! Thank you again & all best, Rob
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-03-2015, 03:50 PM  
Recommendations for best Zoom lens (on Pentax film cameras)
Posted By pentax_rob
Replies: 24
Views: 3,624
Hi there, they weren't meant to be absolute restrictions so much as ideal elements for me in looking for a good general walkabout lens (& I've found the contributions incredibly helpful). I'm sure there are many different views & subjective criteria of what constitutes the "best zoom lens" - & welcome every contribution into the mix :-) Would even be interesting to hear suggestions on telephoto or wide zooms...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-03-2015, 06:06 AM  
Pentax ZX-5n mirror motor problem (MZ-S/alternatives any better?)
Posted By pentax_rob
Replies: 7
Views: 2,896
Hi Tim, Thanks a lot for the info. That's reassuring to hear about Asahi Photo, I will send it off to them as they are also the only repairers to give back a positive response. Appreciate the details on camera models...simplicity of design is what I'm after so like you say the MZ-3 or 5N are probably best (MZ-S sounds similar to my former Nikon, where I found the F6 & F100 overkill feature-wise and "downgraded" to F80 for compactness/ease of design layout). Incidentally, does the MZ-3 have multiple exposure facility lacking on the 5n (I couldn't find an answer on the net)? Thanks for the tip on the 28-70, do you happen to know how this compares to the FA 28-105 f/3.2-4.5 AL (IF)? Cheers, Rob
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-03-2015, 01:14 AM  
Recommendations for best Zoom lens (on Pentax film cameras)
Posted By pentax_rob
Replies: 24
Views: 3,624
Superb image, it has an almost classic or even vintage look I really like.

---------- Post added 3rd Sep 2015 at 01:52 AM ----------

Wow, thank you everyone for all your help, lots of fab recommendations! The lenses that seem to stand out so far include:
Pentax FA 28-105 f/3.2-4.5 AL (IF) - online reviews seem to mention great colours on this
FA 24-90 - that wide angle is very appealing
Promaster/Tamron 28-105
Also I need to check out more on the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 & F 35-70 (but don't think this is quite wide enough).
Does anyone know how these vary in sharpness & rendering styles, to help differentiate?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-02-2015, 03:10 PM  
Recommendations for best Zoom lens (on Pentax film cameras)
Posted By pentax_rob
Replies: 24
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Hi, Thank you all for some brilliant suggestions. Tbh I hadn't thought about third-party lenses before, but the Promaster 28-105 certainly sounds like it could fit the bill. Does anyone know the model name under the Pentax branding (I've spotted an SMC-Pentax FA 28-105mm f4-5.6 & another IF version)? Also, has anyone compared this to the Pentax-FA 24-90mm? Thanks again!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-02-2015, 01:09 PM  
Recommendations for best Zoom lens (on Pentax film cameras)
Posted By pentax_rob
Replies: 24
Views: 3,624
Hello all,
Just wondered if anyone has recommendations for a standard (autofocus) zoom lens suitable to be used on Pentax 35mm film cameras? I'm looking ideally for compact & lightweight but most importantly sharp, to compliment my range of primes for travel/walkabout photography. My hope is for something equivalent to the 28-80 or 28-200 G lenses on Nikon (which are plasticky but tiny & pin-sharp). Lenses with some nice bokeh or other special 'characteristics'/interesting colour rendering etc would also be a welcome bonus (though not essential!). The 24-90 FA lens looks promising & goes nicely wide, but seems to get mixed reviews. The 20-35 doesn't go long enough. Would be really grateful for any help!
Thanks very much :-)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-02-2015, 02:50 AM  
Pentax ZX-5n mirror motor problem (MZ-S/alternatives any better?)
Posted By pentax_rob
Replies: 7
Views: 2,896
Thanks a lot for your reply, much appreciated. Could I just confirm if Johnsons Photopia Ltd is the UK repairer you mean, as they informed me they no longer fix Pentax film cameras? Incidentally I also just contacted Asahi Photo Ltd who fortunately also seem able to deal with this problem.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-02-2015, 01:04 AM  
Pentax ZX-5n mirror motor problem (MZ-S/alternatives any better?)
Posted By pentax_rob
Replies: 7
Views: 2,896
I've just bought a Pentax ZX-5N from evilbay, lovely condition but on the 1st shot the mirror locked up & is inoperable. The mirror has since partially moved back to position, but the screen is semi-dark, shutter will not fire & camera makes a whirring noise. Searching the web I assume this is the commonly reported issue of gear motor failure. I wondered if any kind people on this forum had up-to-date intelligence on:
(a) Where a new gear can be sourced and/or where the camera may be repaired (tried Newton Ellis & Harrow Technical to no avail);
(b) Whether there is an alternative Pentax body without this problem - I've read pretty much all the MZ/ZX line has the issue? There has been a suggestion that the MZ-S has a stronger metal gear but this seems to be conjecture based on it being an overall better-built/more pro-spec camera, does anyone know definitively if this is the case? I wouldn't want to pay the premium only for the same thing to crop up. I ideally like the compactness, styling & simplicity of the MZ range (such as the MZ-3);
(c) If the gear could be replaced in these cameras are there any other potential issues to be aware of?
Would be really grateful for any help on this. I've just sold-off my entire Nikon range as the Pentax glass looked a little more special, but dissapointed as now left without a functioning 35mm system. Just need to find a reliable camera body to pair all my new lenses with!
Thanks very much :-)
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