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Old 08-12-2018   #241
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Like so

Exactly
Stupidly had one and let it go so have bought another.
Actually I like the ME Super and always have but the only black body ME Supers I could find for sale were around three hundred quid !
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This is a test shot of the Pentax 50/1.2 @1.2 on a Sony A7S.
It does vignette at full apperture .

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I have used a K-1000 bought new in 1980 since then. First, only with tne SMC 50/2; later I got a 28 mm and 80-200 no-name. Later on, a Pentax 35 2.8 which is a great lens. And a ME body which now has some electronics troible so I need to look into another K-mount Pentax body, maybe a KM.

More recently I branched into Spotmatics, with a good set of Takumars from 24mm to 200mm. Great optics, reliable and ergonomic bodies, what else could I ask?

A preferred set for travel is the K-1000 with a 18-28 no name zoom, or the trusty 35/2.8 if I am looking for quality

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LX, M50/f1.4 and Portra400


MX, M28/f2 and Portra400
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100/2.8 on a K-1. Conversion in Silver EFX Pro w2.



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100/28 again.

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I really hate this thread. Every time it updates with a new post, I get an urge to pick up either a Spotmatic or an MX ... and I need a new camera system like I need a hole in my head. But those Pentax lenses really have a seductive quality that I am finding difficult to resist. Damn you all!
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..[snip]... But those Pentax lenses really have a seductive quality that I am finding difficult to resist. Damn you all!
I tell ya! I bought a K-1 earlier this year and replaced long-gone primes: 100/2.8, 50/1.7, 50/1.4 35/2. Their performance on the K-1 has been nothing short of stellar.
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100/2.8 on a K-1. Conversion in Silver EFX Pro w2.
Wow …. I`ve owned the 100/2.8 a few times over the years but only ever used it with film.
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Wow …. I`ve owned the 100/2.8 a few times over the years but only ever used it with film.
In the late 80's, early 90's I had a Pentax LX and several lenses, including the 100/2.8. It always did really well for me, but I was frustrated that it wasn't faster. The Nikon portrait lenses I lusted after were f:2 or f:1.4. But high ISO performance in contemporary imaging chips is so good that the f:2.8 limitation on the Pentax is no longer an issue. And those Pentax lenses . . there's just something about them. They didn't have many superfast ones, but they hit a sweet spot for a certain "look" that I just never got over. The 50/1.7 is also one of the sleepers there. It is not an expensive lens, but the look is just great. And then there are the new Limited lenses. Jump back. Here's one with the 31 (which I persist in thinking of as a 28):

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This is a test shot of the Pentax 50/1.2 @1.2 on a Sony A7S.
It does vignette at full apperture .

Vignetting or not, I love how you've used this lens in this picture. Great tones! I have always said it is harder to take a really good picture of a thing, as opposed to of a person. The person is always going to do a little "work" for you. Here's some backyard Pentax color.

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Here is an off the wall one, Kodak Technical Pan:

taken with a Pentax Spotmatic (last week):

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Pentax was my first good camera, an H3v which is still one of my all time favorites. My new years resolution is to buy more Super Takumar len's. They cost little and deliver wonderful results. Joe
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About the time my first child came along in 1978, I replaced a well-worn Fuji ST 701 with a black MX and 50/1.7. I've learned, the hard way, to never sell a camera with which I've bonded.

Here are a couple of bookend photos with the MX - wife and daughter early on, and again just ahead of our daughter's wedding day.
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Thank you Benjamin ….
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Some shots from the Dark Mofo winter festival in Hobart.

MX, SMC-K 50/f1.2 and Fuji Industrial 400.



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That second photo is really extraordinary...nice work
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That second photo is really extraordinary...nice work
Oh yes. Great, indeed!
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Old 08-24-2019   #260
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Pentax 50's



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- SV - Super Takumar 50/f1.4 (8 element)
- SP-F - SMC Takumar 50/f1.4
- LX - SMC Pentax 50/f1.2
- MX - SMC Pentax-M 50/f1.4

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- Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 50/f1.4
- SMC Pentax 50/f1.4
- Super Macro-Takumar 50/f4
- Super Takumar 55/f1.8
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Wow, that's quite the collection, Nick! And I thought I had a lot of 50mm lenses.

I just got a Pentax ME Super back from Eric Hendrickson, with a fresh CLA. No 8-element glass like Nick, just the simple "kit" SMC Pentax-M 50/1.7. It does close focus to 0.45m, and nearly pancake size, too. It's the miniature companion to my Pentax 6x7.
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The 50mm 1.4 is a wonderful lens wide open. Since i don't do digital, i needed a body too:IMG_8546 by , on Flickr
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Old 08-24-2019   #263
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Wow, that's quite the collection, Nick! And I thought I had a lot of 50mm lenses.

I just got a Pentax ME Super back from Eric Hendrickson, with a fresh CLA. No 8-element glass like Nick, just the simple "kit" SMC Pentax-M 50/1.7. It does close focus to 0.45m, and nearly pancake size, too. It's the miniature companion to my Pentax 6x7.
I never intended to collect 50's, they just seem to accumulate... Trouble is that between the Takumars, K series and M series, there's a lot of interesting variations

The 50/f1.7 was the first lens I had on my MX. Great bit of glass, and makes the M series bodies 'almost' pocketable Unfortunately I don't have this one any more...



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The 50mm 1.4 is a wonderful lens wide open. Since i don't do digital, i needed a body too:
That's a lovely black Spotty. A black-paint S-series screwmount body is probably the last item on my Pentax wishlist...
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"That's a lovely black Spotty. A black-paint S-series screwmount body is probably the last item on my Pentax wishlist...[/quote]

Thank you, I'll have to put a battery in it. I would bet the meter still works.
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I may have posted these here before, but here are some images taken with my Dad's Pentax ME, now owned by me! Pentax M SMC 50mm f1.4. The small Pentax bodies like the ME, ME Super and MX are utterly gorgeous. I wish Pentax made digital cameras that looked like this, not the clunky chunks we see today.



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The small Pentax bodies like the ME, ME Super and MX are utterly gorgeous. I wish Pentax made digital cameras that looked like this, not the clunky chunks we see today.

I agree - I might well have bought into Pentax digital, if they'd looked like the M series.

I own an MX and three lenses. Small, light, and well-made. A joy to use, and IMO, a joy to look at.
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I agree - I might well have bought into Pentax digital, if they'd looked like the M series.

I own an MX and three lenses. Small, light, and well-made. A joy to use, and IMO, a joy to look at.

Yes, indeed. If it wasn't for the noisy mirror slap, I could shoot with the ME and a few lenses for all of my film needs. The quiet shutter is why I got into RF's in the first place, apart from the (usually) smaller bodies and lenses. I have the SMC M 50mm f1.4 and SMC M 28mm f2.8, and I'd love to fill that out a bit more. Maybe a 24/2.8, a 40/2.8, an 85/2 and a manual focus zoom or two. And some Takumars, oh, it never ends.
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Your "mirror slap" on a ME-Super indicates something wrong!
The shutter and mirror are well damped.
I worked as a pro with mostly Pentaxes, later Nikon-F and of course Leica-M.
The Pentaxes simply worked, no trips to service people, no mailing to the Fatherland..
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Was luckily gifted a K1000 with 50mm f2 recently. Initially sceptical of it because of the student/beginner hype behind it, but after using it for a day it's actually a really nice camera. Build quality is excellent, as is the user experience for such a simple camera.

Mine has a ding to the prism housing, and to the bottom plate but is still working perfectly. Having had the test roll back it looks as thought the meter is fine and it doesn't look as though I need new light seals either.

I of course now have a GAS attack and want to investigate a Spotmatic and a SV after seeing how nice the K1000 is...
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Shots from the test roll of C200 through the K1000, very happy with the results. Especially considering the 50 f2 smc-a is a bit hazy after looking through it with a led light.







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First roll after CLA from Eric Hendrickson.

Pentax ME Super, SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/1.7, ORWO N74+, developed in LegacyPro L110 at 1:31 for 6.5 minutes.


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Got a nice Spotmatic F. Really like the 28mm f3.5 S-M-C that came with it. The S-M-C 200mm f4 is pretty nice too, after I serviced it meself -- and if I can nail focus.


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Pentax ME Super, SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/1.7, ORWO N74+, developed in LegacyPro L110 at 1:31 for 6.5 minutes.


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From a recent roll though my old black Pentax KM.



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Pentax-M 50/1.4 on Leica M9

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Excellent shots raid! Our beaches in SW Florida are just as nice as yours, but I've never seen emerald green waters like that anywhere but the Florida Panhandle.
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Pentax ME Super, SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/1.7, ORWO N74+, developed in LegacyPro L110 at 1:31 for 6.5 minutes.


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I took these photos yeaterday morning at Pensacola Beach...
Beautiful colors- what film are you using (Ektar?)?

I have a few Spotamatic bodies, but no Takamur lenses. I use them and Practika and a Fuji 605N occasionally with my Zeiss Ultron and other M42 lenses.
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I used an M9 for these photos. I had it shown as "M". The colors came out very well.
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