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Old Aug 24, 2010, 10:06 AM   #11
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Mole. Interesting you should mention the 35-105. I found a used (in excellent condition) 35-105 f2.8 with the correct adaptall for a very good price. It is the perfect range for shooting in small theaters, gyms, meeting rooms, etc. I use manual lenses, the Vivitar 24 f2.8 being my short range go to low light lens. Would the lens with the adaptall operate like the Vivitar 24, with catch in focus and similar controlls? I feel like I'm on the edge of what I want to tackle technology wise. I suppose what I need is some kind forum member to offer 30 day 24 hour tech support.
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Old Aug 24, 2010, 10:22 AM   #12
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I have several Adaptall 2 lenses and KA mounts I use with my K20D. The SP 35-80mm (Model 01A) is probably my most used lens.
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Old Aug 24, 2010, 6:24 PM   #13
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You might also want to look at a (somewhat) similar Pentax lens in this range - the A 35-105 F3.5
Just a bit slower F-stop than you were seeking, but a really fine sharp lens with great color rendition too. Often available used at $100 or less...

I have the Pentax 35-105 macro A lens. Paid $ 329 CAD for it back in '84. Wonderful lens. Use on my K10D sometimes...heavy, also manual focus. Mine is not an F2.8, but an F 3.5.

I recall a great pix of the Presidents I took with the 35-105 A, on my K1000 at Mount Rushmore. Used a light tripod.

Wasn't my skill. was the tripod and that wonderful lens.

It is a macro, but not a real close focusing one in my experience.
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Mole. Interesting you should mention the 35-105. I found a used (in excellent condition) 35-105 f2.8 with the correct adaptall for a very good price. It is the perfect range for shooting in small theaters, gyms, meeting rooms, etc.
If you don't need the f/2.8 at all f/l, you might try looking for a Sigma 24-135 f/2.8-4 on the used market. They can be hard to find. I spent quite a bit of time looking before I found one. The downside is it is kinda big and heavy. Really nice range, focuses fast. It has been panned in some reviews for distortion at the short end, but that was with full frame film. On a crop camera, the edge distortion is pretty well gone.

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Old Aug 25, 2010, 12:43 AM   #15
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Thanks for the tip, but I will be shooting in low light throughout the range. Anybody know if what I am looking at will operate like the Vivitar 24mm prime in manual with catch in focus and similar controls?
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Old Aug 25, 2010, 6:57 AM   #16
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Pboerger - As far as I know, the Tamron 35-105 should work with catch-in focus.

Here is a review of that lens:
http://www.pentaxforums.com/userrevi...or-Pentax.html

And a review of the one Les & I were recommending:
http://www.pentaxforums.com/lensrevi...Zoom-Lens.html
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Mole. Thanks for information and especially the links. I'm getting the lens.
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I am using the same lens on a recently bought K5. How do you adjust the exposure.
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