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Old Oct 23, 2006, 2:14 PM   #1
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I have these old pentax lenses

smc a 70-210

smc a 50 -1.7

smc a 35-105

Now when a friend looked at my collection he asked me why I was using such old lenses which are at least 20 years old when the latest lensesare now lighterwith much better technology.

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Old Oct 23, 2006, 2:23 PM   #2
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Sigh...,I thought that this was RiceHigh's thread when I saw it from the forum's lobby. It turned out to be not!! Well, nothing sointeresting & mysterioushere then...just wait for the normal replies...
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Old Oct 23, 2006, 2:28 PM   #3
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I have these old pentax lenses

smc a 70-210

smc a 50 -1.7

smc a 35-105

Now when a friend looked at my collection he asked me why I was using such old lenses which are at least 20 years old when the latest lensesare now lighterwith much better technology.

Any comments
Umm...just off the top of my head, I'd say BECAUSE YOU ALREADY OWN THEM!
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Old Oct 23, 2006, 2:29 PM   #4
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Give that friend a good smack on the back of his head for me

The A series lenses are soem of the best I've ever seen! Sharp as a knife

Don't throw away those gems, they're worth keeping.

Especially the 50mm, my personal favorite lens.

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Old Oct 23, 2006, 2:42 PM   #5
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he asked me why I was using such old lenses which are at least 20 years old when the latest lensesare now lighterwith much better technology.

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Yes, I have comments! What the new technology have added is autofocus and lightweight. Optics haven't improved, and build quality have deteriorated. The three lenses you have are amongst the best there is, new or old. If you want something better you'll have to sneeze a few thousand dollars from your nose.

If you go for newer lenses, keep and use these old ones anyway, your grandchildren will love you for that.

Maybe your friend knows what he's doing, and wants to relive you of this old garbagefor a small fee?:-)

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Old Oct 23, 2006, 2:52 PM   #6
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They are all close to best old time lens according to Stan. particularly A50mm1.7.

The other zooms (all smc models) are very decent too. I would believe you may get around $200 from ebay if you sell those.

So you want better tech or lens for better pix which is what counts?

Some joke about garbage A lens

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=20553031

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Old Oct 23, 2006, 3:06 PM   #7
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mrtarzan wrote:
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I have these old pentax lenses

smc a 70-210

smc a 50 -1.7

smc a 35-105

Now when a friend looked at my collection he asked me why I was using such old lenses which are at least 20 years old when the latest lensesare now lighterwith much better technology.

Any comments
I agree with others here, these are three of the best lenses Pentax has ever produced. Yes they are heavy, yes the technology is old but good glass is good glass.

Your friend may need a little attitude adjustment.

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Old Oct 23, 2006, 3:40 PM   #8
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I'd be more than happy to help you get rid of that "old piece of junk"A 70-210 for $5.00. I still miss an old F 70-210 lens (wasn't repairable) even though I replaced it with a modern DA 50-200 lens. The new one is nice and light, but I sure wish I had the 70-210 still, I'm not sure the 50-200 is as good as how I remember the old lens to be.

Of the5 lenses I use on a regular basis, 3 of them are old lenses - one an A lens, and 2 M lenses that are 20-25 years old. They all take great pictures! Why spend extra money to replace them if they take great pictures and meet your needs?
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Old Oct 23, 2006, 4:01 PM   #9
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Given the above comments, perhaps what you really need is a new friend.

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Old Oct 23, 2006, 4:46 PM   #10
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I've got the A 70-210 and it's a lot of fun. Heavy, but takes great pictures, including macros. Here are a couple of examples from my back yard. (Oh, and my lens has fungus on it, and it's still pretty sharp.)

Here's a macro shot....





And here's one at full zoom...




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