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Old Jan 17, 2005, 12:51 PM   #11
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Hmmm, I don't know how active this Board is becaause it's my first time here. Sure hope it is because I'm in a canandrum.

I use to use, many moons ago, the Pentax SP and the ME. Since 1995 I've been using digital caameras but last week I went Digital SLR with the istD.

Now, here's my problem. I have a SMC Pentax Zoom 1:4/45~125 (5101974) which I would really like to use on the istD but Bill's post is too technical for me.My leses do not have an A setting. The camera switches on but I can't snap any shots.

Can anyone help PLEASE. Thanks, I really appreciate it.


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Old Jan 18, 2005, 8:31 AM   #12
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Not a problem, there is a setting in the setting toenable picture taking if the setting is not on "A". I don't have the camera with me right now but it's in the user setting menu. I have a couple of lenses without the "A" function and it works like a charm on my *istDS.

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Old Jan 18, 2005, 8:38 AM   #13
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Thanks for taking time out to reply. Just found out the answer, same as yours, from being persistant and reading all the threads here.

I'm happy for now. Thanks again.
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Old Jan 29, 2005, 8:59 AM   #14
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I have been using a Spotmatic II since 1973 and love it dearly. I am considering a DSLR and the 1stDS looks promising. I have several screw-mount lenses and need to know what I would have to buy to use them with the 1st DS.

One is my venerable Vivitar 75-205 manual zoom. It has an "A" setting so I expect I could use an adapter, but what kind or model and where do I get it?

The other is a Tamron 28-70. It has no "A" setting. It already uses an adapter for the screw mount on the camera. Would it use the same adapter as the Vivitar, or another one?

I also have a Pentax 67 II medium format, a Pentax S40, Canon AE1, Canon G1 (junk!) and a couple of older 35's.
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Old Jan 31, 2005, 1:05 AM   #15
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Pentax K to M42 (Pentax Screw Mount) Adapter - allows you to mount a screw mount lens on a K-mount body.
Should be available from any Pentax supplier.
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Old Feb 18, 2005, 11:15 AM   #16
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Thanks. That helps.

Next question - does the *st DS have an analog exposure bar or other metering visible in the viewfinder? I like using the Spotmatic and 67II because it is easy to see whether I'm over- or under-exposed in the viewfinder. I don't use my Canon AE1 much anymore because I have to tip the camera up to see the aperture ring setting. The images on the review pages look like the *st DS doesn't have the analog exposure in the viewfinder.
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Old Feb 18, 2005, 9:04 PM   #17
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With a screw mount lens attached and the camera in the manual exposure mode, the exposure is displayed in the viewfinder as a numerical value from -3 to +3 (stops) in .5 stop increments. A reading of 0.0 would indicate proper exposure.

Hope this helps, Lou
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Old Feb 19, 2005, 10:03 AM   #18
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Thanks. That really helps.
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Old Feb 26, 2005, 5:14 PM   #19
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I bought a *ist DS a couple of weeks ago and have been pretty happy with it so far. One of the reasons that I bought it was to use old lenses that my wife and I already own. I gather this is a common benefit to this model.

I've read through all of the lens advice on this and other forums and cannot answer this question:

I have an old 135mm macro lens. It attaches to thecamerafine. It does not have an Auto switch, so I set the custom menu to "Use aperture ring." Once I did this, I was able to take pictures but with no aperture functionality at all. It stays wide open, even during the exposure,no matter where I set the aperture ring on the lens. Needless to say, this limits the functionality of the lens. Am I missing something?

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks. Mark.
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Old Mar 26, 2006, 4:40 AM   #20
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Here is a trick for all of you who uses old lenses without the "A"-position.

When you mount your old lenses, don't mount it all the way. Keep it approx. 1 cm from the "click".

Now your old lenses will work 100% in av-mode.

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