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Old Mar 26, 2006, 8:42 PM   #21
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I have quite a few old cameras as well, including the Argus C-3, an old folding Kodak from 1929 (a Model 1 I believe), a late 50s Polaroid Land camera, a 1960s Voigtlander 35mm rangefinder modeland a number of old fixed focus roll-film cameras from Kodak, Ansco and others.

Black Knight, those look like some nice MF lenses you have there.

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Old Mar 27, 2006, 8:57 AM   #22
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i have my new(ish) DS with the sigma 18 - 50 lens
a pentax 80 - 302 f4.5
hanimex 400mm f6.3
a few Pentax 50mm lenses 1 is a f1.7
a Pentax 28mm f2.8
a Tokina 80 - 200 lens that is now retired (it has to much play in it)
a pentax K1000 (with real black and white film in it)
http://johndolphin.net/photos/details.php?image_id=124

a metz flash (that puts out 600 volts so it is bit dicey to use with the ds)
a 2x convertor
and various filters that hardley get used

i also have a Kodak Retina that i should use more
it takes a nice photo
http://johndolphin.net/photos/details.php?image_id=125

i think my next purchase should be a dedicated flash
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Old Mar 27, 2006, 11:55 AM   #23
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Okay, here we go:

Bodies:
  • Pentax SF7 [/*]
  • Pentax *Ist DS
Lenses:
[/*]
  • Pentax-M 35/2.8 [/*]
  • Pentax-M 50/1.4 [/*]
  • Pentax-A 28/2.8 [/*]
  • Pentax-A 50/1.7 [/*]
  • Pentax-F 28-80/3.5-4.5 Macro [/*]
  • Pentax-F* 300/4.5 [/*]
  • Pentax-FA 35/2.0 [/*]
  • Pentax-FA 50/1.4 [/*]
  • Pentax-FA 135/2.8 [/*]
  • Pentax-DA 16-45/4 [/*]
  • Pentax-DA 18-55/3.5-5.6 [/*]
  • Pentax-DA 50-200/4-5.6 [/*]
  • Tokina AT-X Pro AF 80-200/2.8
Converter:
[/*]
  • Pentax-F 1.7 AF Adapter
Flash:
[/*]
  • Sigma EF-500 DG Super
Tripod:
[/*]
  • Manfrotto 055MF4 with a 322RC action grip head[/*]
I need help :?
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Old Apr 5, 2006, 7:54 PM   #24
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i have not been into the slr that long but here is the list.
camera bodys are pentax ZX-M and pentax *st DL
lens are SMC pentax-A 50mm 1:2 MF,pentax 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA , sigma 55-200mm 1:4 f5.6 DC,sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG MACRO.
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 1:46 AM   #25
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I justgot my two prime lenses back that were on loan (loaned the two zooms, a SMC 24-50 (I think that's what it was, Inever used it) and the Kiron 80-200. Turns out they are a SMC 24mm 2.8 and a Takumar 135mm 2.5.TheTakumarcame with my ME, and I bought the 24mm when I knewnothing about the speed oflenses. Are they worth hanging on to? I'm thinking the 24mm lens can focus close enough to work as a macro lens for a while, until I can decide what I really want in a macro, and it's nice to have 2 fast lenses beside the 50mm 1.7.
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 5:27 AM   #26
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mtngal, The 24mm f2.8 is quite fast and should be an excellent lens, definitely a keeper. The Takumar 135mm f2.5 (if it is the k-mount)does not have a very good reputation but try it and see if you like it.

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Old Apr 13, 2006, 11:24 AM   #27
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Yes, the Takumar is the K-mount., and since it came with the ME I'm not surprised it isn't the best. I took one photo this morning and compared it to a very similar one taken by the Pentax DA 50-200. It was sharper (it is a prime, so that could account for it) but the camera seemed to over-expose more with it (but that could have been the dawn scene I was looking at and where I was metering from). It's not a heavy lens so I think I'll carry it around for a bit and play with it. I do like the extra sharpness.
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 11:35 AM   #28
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My "bags" carry:

Pentax *ist DS body

18-55mm kit lens

50-200mm zoom

50mm 1.7

50mm 1.4

50mm 2.0

Zenitar Fisheye

Tamron 28-300mm autofocus zoom

JC Penney 135mm 2.8

2--1 gig SD cards

512 meg SD card

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I also usually carry one of these:

Panasonic FZ10 point and shoot

Olympus C720 point and shoot

Olympus D510Z point and shoot
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 1:43 PM   #29
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mtngal

It is quite possible that the Takumar 135 may actually be a much better lens on the *istD cameras because the image circle required for the digital sensor is much smaller. This puts you in the central "sweet spot" of the lens and avoids most of the corner sharpness or vignette issues. At 135mm and f2.5 this is the equivalent of a very fast 200mm film lens, perfect for moderately long telephoto work.

As for the exposure issue, in low light the stop down metering can be very innacurate but easily adjusted by using a test shot or two if possible. In better light it is much more accurate but bracket your shots anyway.

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BTW I just purchased a new Sigma 24-135mm f2.8-4.5 lens from ebay, when it arrives it will replace the FA 28-80mm as my walk around lens. The old 28-80 has found its way back to its original host, my MZ-7. The Sigma has a bigger aperture and the zoom range closely approximates the range of my Fuji S7000. It is interesting that the seller is getting about $70 each for this lens in Pentax mount yet is asking for $269 for the same lens in Nikon mount??!!!??:?.
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Old Apr 16, 2006, 4:53 PM   #30
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hey what they don't know won't hurt your wallet :-)
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