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Pentaxians... Any out there?
Old 06-15-2014   #1
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Pentaxians... Any out there?

I bought a nice Pentax K-mount kit last week. I think I got quite lucky buying a Super Program with a 28/2.8, 50/2.8 and 135/2.8. The camera and lens remind me the Olympus OM-system; small, light weight and well designed ergonomically. I really like focusing the lenses. Focusing is smooth and nicely dampened.

So anyone else using Pentax (M42-mount, K-mount, 645 etc.) camera and lenses? I am interest in others opinions. Share some photos too if you got them.

Photos taken with a Pentax M 28mm f2.8.



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Old 06-15-2014   #2
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Yep ..
Two ME Supers with two K fit lenses.
A 50/1.2 and 100/2.8.

Black Spotmactic with a 28/3.5 and a 50/1.4.
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I like the Spottie a lot ! I'm thinking of getting a KX or MX and some K lenses !
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Old 06-15-2014   #4
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I am thinking of getting an LX, but the price for a good working one makes me stop and think twice!
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Congratulations! Pentax lenses since M42 days have been good and feel good in the hand (M42 and K series being favourites). As far as bodies go, the Super A/Program has a huge finder - a real treat after using DSLRs.
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I loved my MX with 50/1.4, but I've gone to the dark side since.
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I am thinking of getting an LX, but the price for a good working one makes me stop and think twice!
The Super Program is no slouch and some LXs have known issues. An MX as a good mechanical alternative is recommended. With a 35/2 or a 40/2.8 they are not far off Leica M size-wise. A Bessa case fits the MX and helps if you do not like the small size.
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I loved my MX with 50/1.4, but I've gone to the dark side since.
Still have mine from 1979.
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Old 06-15-2014   #10
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Pentax Spotmatic, ME Super, MX, KX, 645N, 6x7 and 67II. The main point about Pentax is the drawing of the lenses - super mellow stuff, great for portraits. The 645 N is the greatest bargain if you couple it to non autofocus lenses, such as 55/2.8, 75/2.8 or 105/3.5.

Pentax 50/1.4

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Pentax 85/2

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Pentax 645N+ 55/2.8

MF20130104 by mfogiel, on Flickr

Pentax 645N+150/3.5

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Pentax 67II+135/4

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Old 06-15-2014   #11
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I've got my 1969 Spot from 1969, and many others including the Pentax 6x7. My 28mm f2.8 is autofocus but could be the sames as yours. It is my most used 35mm lens. I even have a Pentax mirrorless and a DSLR.

28mm on Pentax Mirrorless, fill flash:



200mm on Spotmatic (1971).

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I came to Pentax in the late 1990's after five years using Canon then fifteen using Nikon.

I currently own Pentax KX, KM, K2, MX, ME-F, P3N and SP1000 bodies
plus Pentax 35, 40, 50/55, 85, 100, 135, 200, 35-70 and 75-150mm lenses.

We have a small but active group of film users over at pentaxforums.com
Very friendly folks there. You are welcome to join us!

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Pentaxian here.
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Old 06-15-2014   #14
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A couple of ME SUpers and I just picked up an MX a couple of weeks ago. I like going out with the 28mm for the kick of the perspective.

The 50mm f/1.7 is an amazing value in lenses.

Bad scan, but just for fun-

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Old 06-15-2014   #15
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I suppose I could qualify as a "Pentaxian". An Asahi pentax Spotmatic was my first serious camera (many, years after they were the state of the art in photo gear and about the time I discovered Leica M cameras) and later I also discovered the fantastic early pre Spotmatic M42 cameras which I think are actually nicer to use being small and (in my opinion) much like a Leica LTM camera with a pentaprism added.

I then went on to acquire as many different M43 Takumar lenses as I could find - right from the very early non automatic lenses through the semi auto ones to the automatic super multi coated and late SMC ones. I have never owned a bad Takumar. The worst that can be said of them is that they have a tendency after all these years to have sticky apertures (to be expected perhaps). I still use some of my favourite Takumars on micro 4/3 cameras an Sony NEX bodies. And they turn in lovely results. None to share here unfortunately. I will have to see what I can do.
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Old 06-15-2014   #16
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Definitely! Too many of them to list.

Including M37, M42, K, and 645.

I have been working with my rangefinders quite a bit lately but the 645 has been getting a work out. When I pack it out the door it seems big, but when I start shooting it that all goes away.
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Old 06-15-2014   #17
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I'm a relatively new Pentaxian, got myself a ME Super to start with, added a K1000 and now have a MX on the way. Lenses, I only have a 50mm f/2, 50mm f/1.7 and a 28mm f/2.8, all in K-mount. Will probably add a portrait lens eventually.

I have some interest in getting a 645 as well.
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Old 06-15-2014   #18
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The original owner of two black body MX's bought back in 1983 along with the power winders...I didn't get the 50mm lens but opted for the Vivitar Series 1 35-85 and 70-210 lenses...I still have them and an ME SE and at one time have had a few ME Supers...
I also have the Spotmatic along with the 50mm 1.4, 28 3.5 and 35mm 3.5 Tak lenses and somewhere have picked up at least 3 of the 50mm 1.7 Pentax K mount lenses...
So there's been a Pentax in my closet for the last 30+ years...
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Old 06-15-2014   #19
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Yes, PENTAX!

I shoot a 645n and can't recommend that camera enough.

I've been a PENTAX fan for a few years now and translated a paper about the limited lenses a while back. Should be floating around somewhere. Maybe over at the PENTAX forum?
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Old 06-15-2014   #20
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I've been shooting mostly Pentax since I started in 2008. I think I've owned and shot with nearly ever Pentax SLR made, and still own probably 20 Pentax film bodies. My favorites include the SV, SP-F, ME, MX, K2, MZ-L, ZX-5n, and my 67.

Here's a recent one from my ZX-5n and 43 Ltd.

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started my photography with pentax few years ago, had many k mount lenses, sold most of them. still have 15, 31 and 77 limited and some older non pentax k mount. bodies k7 (digital), mz-5n and spotmatic sp-1000 (with 55/1.8 kit). now they are mostly shelf queens, since leicas are in the house...
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An excuse to post something... Using a 645N primarily with the P67 SMC 55mm f/4 - a very sharp lens across the entire film



Some shots from it on HP5











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am having some bargain Takumars 28/3.5, 55/1.8 and 135/3.5. real joy to use, no plastics anywhere. focus is smooth as silk.
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I've got Pentaxes in all sizes, Q, Spotty, K3 and 6x7 and love them all!

Those Takumars (both m42 and 6x7) are really incredible!
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Lovely examples and your description of Pentax is as good as I have heard - beautiful drawing, lovely colours, black and white rendering is smooth.

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Pentax Spotmatic, ME Super, MX, KX, 645N, 6x7 and 67II. The main point about Pentax is the drawing of the lenses - super mellow stuff, great for portraits. The 645 N is the greatest bargain if you couple it to non autofocus lenses, such as 55/2.8, 75/2.8 or 105/3.5.

Pentax 50/1.4
20133418 by mfogiel, on Flickr

20133415 by mfogiel, on Flickr

Pentax 85/2
20136502 by mfogiel, on Flickr

20132131 by mfogiel, on Flickr

20132101 by mfogiel, on Flickr

Pentax 645N+ 55/2.8
MF20130104 by mfogiel, on Flickr

Pentax 645N+150/3.5
MF20122815 by mfogiel, on Flickr

Pentax 67II+135/4
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Since 1968. SV, S1a, SP 1000, SP F, K2, KM, K1000, MX, ME Super, Super Program, SF10, ZX5, K-01, and K5 IIs, and just bought a 645 to replace the one I sold in March. I use my old M42, K, M, and A lenses on my digital cameras, too.

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My first "real" camera was the Pentax SFX my father bought for me new in Japan. I still have and use it, and it is still my only full-frame SLR. I've added a few prime lenses recently, and in fact just ordered a K5 DSLR so I can share lenses between film and digital.
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Spotmatic, MX and KX 35mm SLRs, 67ii medium format and K20D and K5 digital. I do not take much 35mm film, but I enjoy using my K28/3.5, K30/2.8, A50/1.2 and FA* lenses on my DSLRs. The 67ii system plus Pentax DSLRs fitted with old Pentax primes has been my outfit for the last five years.

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My MX still gets regular use, usually with the 40mm f/2.8 SMC-M. My 645N had one of the best control systems I've ever used; the 645 I replaced it with when it died, not so much - but it still works well and is a pleasure to shoot. I've passed on all my screw-mount Pentaxen apart from an SP-II that my kids play with, but I do remember them as being fine cameras with some lovely lenses.

I don't regret giving away the 6x7 - I found it awkward to hold and its viewfinder wasn't the best; but oddly enough my biggest disappointment has been my K-5: great handling, perfect size, lovely primes, all marred by an A/F system too slow and inconsistent really to do them justice. Sad to say that it only comes out when the weather turns nasty, while my lowly Olympus E-PM1 often comes out to play.
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A lot of my old SV shots, taken with the 55/1.8 when the camera was almost new, just aren't very sharp compare with later shots. They're also rather flat. My current 55/1.4 is better. But my 85/1.9 is delightful -- though the shutter on the current SV now isn't closing completely.

I always thought that the SV was a much nicer camera than the Olympus OM, and a lot more ergonomic.

The thing is, I use fewer and fewer cameras nowadays. I just grab the ones I'm most used to, because I care more about getting the picture than playing with the camera. That's why I've not had the SV fixed.

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I use my Pentax 645 manual-focus camera, with 45mm, 75mm, 120mm macro, 150mm and 200mm lenses, all the time. Very high quality camera and lenses that produce excellent image quality. Easy as a 35mm camera to use but provides significantly more sharpness, detail, and image quality.

Unfortunately, I can't scan medium format to show examples.
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Asahi Pentax Spotmatic F, with SMC Takumar 55/1.8, Bushnell 135/2.8, Sigma 28/2.8


Spottie F
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Asahi Pentax ME F, with Auto Chinon 50/1.9, Kiron 28-210/4-5.6, 2x teleconverter, battery grip/winder, M42-to-K adapter


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Spottie photies: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ricard...7639366778203/
ME F photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ricard...7644585010684/


Really enjoy the simplicity of the Spotmatic even if the meter in mine is kaput. And I like the ME F - since I shoot in aperture priority most of the time on my DSLRs, it suits me nicely. The grip really helps balance that big Kiron lens. And having the M42 adapter is ace since I can use the lenses for the Spottie on it as well.
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Another Pentaxian. Yes, we are all "out there"



It's just that threads like this create market demand - good for sellers but not so much for those with sudden bouts of GAS.
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Old 06-17-2014   #34
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Currently own a Spotmatic SPII with SMC 55mm/1.8 and ME Super with M 50mm f1.4. I was able to pick up both for peanuts at a local thrift store. Both are a pleasure to use - though the Spotmatic has the sticking mirror issue at slow speeds. The ME Super is a particularly underrated, excellent camera.

If I didn't have a full stable of OM gear I'd probably be firmly in the Pentax camp!
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Old 06-18-2014   #36
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Pentax 67II with 45/105/165mm lenses-so I'm also a partly a Pentaxian (and a Nikonian, Contaxian, etc....)
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My very own first SLR was a new K1000 back in 1976. I can still remember the smell of the polystyrene in the cardboard box! Bought an SPF on a whim and found it disappointing. I'd got too used to the F and F2 viewfinders. Had an MX since but it was too small and the LED's were dim. Next up was a serviced K2 with a k 50 1.4 and yes, I should never have sold that one!
I would definitely like one of these 50's converted for use on an M.
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Count me in. I bought a K 1000 in 1980 with a 50mm f 1.4 and used it for years before my son swiped it. Also bought an LX, and just picked up an ME Super from the classifieds here, mainly to get another 1.4. Great cameras.
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SPF - 35/3.5, 35/2, 50/1.4 and 85/1.9... just finished a roll of APX100, but the SPF doesn't get used often enough
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M42

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